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Hi all. I've been trying to get some info on how the arctic white silk and matte black finishes hold up a few years down the track. I couldn't find anything via the search function so apologies if this has been done to death. Thanks
 

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Mines the 2013 evo corse with matte black. I use a cleaner / finisher
From "the chemical guys". Still perfect at 18 months. Needless to say,
You can't wax or otherwise polish ... That'll just leave a shiny spot.
I don't have any significant scratches, so maybe I'm lucky.
 

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I have a matte black 12 gsxr and I use "honda spray" or something similar to help protect it. Funny thing is I was at the Ducati dealer this week picking up my bike and the lead mechanic said to grab the honda spray and clean my bike before I got it.
 

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Thanks for your replies. I use that honda spray on my matte helmet. Seems to come up nice. How is the wear around the tank where your knees rub? My gloss red 848 evo was a nightmare for fine marks as the paint was so soft. Any issues with the matte finish? Cheers.
 

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i put on some of that static-adhesive film ... 3M i think. they make
a matte finish film which is reasonably invisible. if you do it right,
its awesome. my kit came with tank sides, tank back / top, headlights,
and the upper part of the side fairings. the only one i had trouble with
was the tank back / top. you really have to stretch / muscle it to
get it on correctly.
 

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I've had 3m venture shield on my last 4 bikes but all gloss. It's a pain to get on but excellent stuff. Is the matte just as good then? Sounds like the way forward. Cheers for your help.
 

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i can only speak from my experience, but the matte 3M is fine for me. it
blends with the paint remarkably well and hasn't exhibited any tendency
to peel off. its more visible on the black panels than the aluminum tank,
but i can get past that for the peace of mind it offers.
 

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2011 848 Evo - arctic white.

No issues. Wash with car soap and water. No wax no other chemicals.
Looks great when its clean. Dirty when its dirty ;)

Still has the matte finish to it during the day, gleems at night :)

Edit: Purchased at beginning of 2011. Was the first evo to land on the east coast of Canada ;)
 

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Cheers bossboy. So it hasn't scuffed up around the tank where knees rub? No more fragile than a standard finish? The red gloss I had was murder anyway. Super soft and easy to mark.
 

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No issues with my 2011 848 EVO arctic white either, outside of some rock chips and dings aft 25k miles. I never use water to clean my bike. I use Lysol wipes and sometimes some 409.
 
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