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post #1 of 22 Old 05-06-2019, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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How is the paint on these in general?

I'm looking to buy a 2015 GT Sport in Sakhir Orange. The bike is 5 hours away so I can't just pop over to view it in person. The seller mentioned to me that all the paint on the bike feels like it's "gritty", his words not mine. He has lots of other bikes and said they all feel smooth on painted surfaces, but this bike not so much. It's only got 4000 miles, no history of accidents, dealer that serviced it says it's good to go. I've not been able to find anything like this online (complaints of paint issues) so I thought I'd ask here.

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I have a 15 GTS in Sakhir orange and the paint is stellar. The grit I would assume without seeing it may just be "fallout" on the surface, and may just need to have the paint clay barred and polished out.
Maybe worse case wet sanded and polished. Use it as a bargaining chip in the negotiation. Like I said that is an assumption but every BMW paint I have seen is darn near perfect to begin with.
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I have a 15 GTS in Sakhir orange and the paint is stellar. The grit I would assume without seeing it may just be "fallout" on the surface, and may just need to have the paint clay barred and polished out.
Maybe worse case wet sanded and polished. Use it as a bargaining chip in the negotiation. Like I said that is an assumption but every BMW paint I have seen is darn near perfect to begin with.
Thanks for the reply. I've had many BMWs and every one had near perfect paint (nothing is perfect I suppose) so I'm leaning your way...intention is to get it home, evaluate and correct whatever needs to be done.
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I wonder if it's got sap or pollen on it? It's hard to see and when that stuff dries it can give a gritty feel to the paint.

If indeed the paint was bad on this bike, it would be the first I've ever heard of on this forum or seen anywhere else.

I bet it just needs a good washing with hot soapy water.
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I wonder if it's got sap or pollen on it? It's hard to see and when that stuff dries it can give a gritty feel to the paint.

If indeed the paint was bad on this bike, it would be the first I've ever heard of on this forum or seen anywhere else.

I bet it just needs a good washing with hot soapy water.
That's the hope. I'll find out Wednesday if all goes to plan.
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I agree with sap of some sort maple trees leave small sap drops if left long enough may feel gritty.
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Most folks who own a high quality bike keep them in a garage and I've never heard of one having bad paint. The one you are looking at has only 4K miles, I would expect nothing but perfect paint on that one as well.

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That's the hope. I'll find out Wednesday if all goes to plan.
My wife likes to park under some pine trees at work. I can't blame her, in the summer it gets hot with a black interior. I would park it in the shade as well.

Those pines put off sap that lays on the vehicle like a mist and it dries in the heat very fast. It's easy to get off, just a good washing is all it takes.

Generally speaking the paint on these bikes is exceptional. The clear coat is hard and doesn't scratch easy, I couldn't tell you how many times I've run my boot heel across the top of the pannier and the marks polish off easily. I would be shocked if there was an issue with the paint.
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K16 paint is good, but I wouldn't go much further than that. The DOI doesn't rank with the top echelon I've seen on motorcycles. As much as I rag on Harleys, they do know how to shoot paint. Even my VFR1200F has better DOI.

The most common cause for "grittiness" on painted surfaces is paint overspray from being nearby somebody spraying paint. One time the company I worked for at the time asked all the employees to move all their cars away from the building, because they had scheduled for the exterior to be refinished. Well, a few folks didn't move enough and were rewarded with a uniform coating of grittiness all over their prized chariots.

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