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post #1 of 15 Old 02-16-2011, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Repairing cowling scrapes

I'm undertaking some repair work after sliding the Strom down a forest road and scratching up the cowling and cowling side panels. Anyone with experience in fixing scratches and painting these parts?
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Yes. I bought my Wee cheap because the original owner had crashed in a parking lot and scraped it up. He never rode it much after that. I ordered matching paint, primer, and clearcoat from colorrite.com. Beware, it's not cheap! If you are just patching one side, one can of each would probably do.

Remove the cowling - don't try to paint it in place. Start by sanding with various grits of sandpaper, the last being very fine wet-sanding. Dry it and use a tack cloth to remove dust. Hang the cowling with wire and spray on a couple of coats of primer. If it's not smooth, you might have to sand again. Then apply several light coats of color until it matches the rest of the bike. A clear coat isn't necessary, but it makes the finish more durable.

I then added reflective decals. I like the results a lot. Mine are the reflective ones Fozzyber sells on this website.
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I found that at even around $200 it's cheaper to buy a new one.
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Depends on the color of your cowls. I rashed the front fender a little and sanded it with various grit paper, and finished it up on the buffing wheel, and you would really have to be looking for it to find the rashed spot.

Can't be done on the colored panels, but the black stuff is black plastic and easily polished.
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Thumbs up Cowling scrapes

Thanks for the responses. I'll post the results since I've never done anything like this some other rookies may find it interesting.
BTW-is there somewhere that I can find the code for the colors on Stroms?
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I once thought the black stuff was just black ABS. I discovered later it's painted and clear coated. Look at it in a good light and you'll see blue metallic flakes in the clear coat. See Pearl Nebula Black at Suzuki YAY Pearl Nebular Black - ColorRite

http://www.colorrite.com/ lets you match colors. It's a complex and expensive color match though.

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Thanks for the responses. I'll post the results since I've never done anything like this some other rookies may find it interesting.
BTW-is there somewhere that I can find the code for the colors on Stroms?
You can select your bike model and year on colorrite.com; they have the color codes.
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Red face Cowling scrapes: Update

So my project is underway.
I bought the Novus 1,2,3 plastic repair kit directly from Delvie's Plastics Inc. on line. [email protected]. Total cost for product and shipping was $24.00.
I bought the Suzuki YU8 Metallic Flint Gray paint, Aeroso, 1 Can from Colorite again on line. Colorrite.com. Product was $33.95 and shipping was $10.95 for a total of $44.50.
I already had primer and clear coat from my son's left over paint job.
Initial sanding is done. I did remove the part and it was pretty easy to do and make the sanding easy too. I'm a little anxious about how much sanding I need to do but the surface is smooth now except for the deeper gouges.
Next step is the plastic repair kit.
So far I haven't made it any worse so I'm feeling pretty good.
I'll update when the next step is done.
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Talking Cowling scrapes: Update

Finished the sanding and application of the Novus Products. I'm not sure how they were supposed to work but at some point it seemed that the scratches I had were as good as they were going to get. The Novus #3 wasn't up to the task of getting several deep pits our and the Novus #2 made the minor scratches better but they didn't disappear. It was good enough for me.

After bufffing with a scotch brite pad I wiped it down with a clean cloth and hung in my garage for application of the primer. I put on two coats of primer. On the first one I had a couple of drips but after letting it dry for 20 minutes I lightly buffed the drip areas with fine sandpaper and smoothed the areas out. It was ready for the paint.
Now we have two coats of paint on the cowling and will let that dry for a hour before taking it down to compare with the existing paint on the bike. If all is well I'll rehang it for two or three clear coats. If not then we'll add another coat of paint before clear coating.
Stay tuned.
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Cool Painting those cowlings again...

After another dirt dive I'm back into the painting business. Once again I got some pretty serious scrapes on the left side front fairing and side cowl. I learned a lot from my last painting effort but now I'm thinking I'll do the whole bike in flat black and put some new decals on when I'm done.
Any thoughts out there on these decisions/
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