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Chip on tank... any clever ideas to conceal?

Have this chip on my tank.... booo. From what i've read, the touch-up paints for this color suck.. so.. any ideas for concealing this? I was thinking maybe a decal to go in that area around the front side of the fuel filler.. Anyone have any other clever ideas?

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I would first fill the chip with the appropriate color touch up paint.... then you don't have a point which is as noticeable to cover with something else.

The trick with any of the touch up paints is to do as little as possible, and take a number of applications to build up to what you need it to do. Instead of trying to seal the hole by painting over it 'lip to lip', instead use as small and dry of an applicator as possible and just touch the bottom of the chip with the paint.... let it wick off of the applicator and flow from the center of the chip to the edges. Only use enough paint to cover the bottom.

Let that dry for at least a few hours, and then repeat. Each layer will fill in some of the chip. If you can keep it 'inside' the damage, you won't get that ring around the crater......

The more layers it takes to fill the hole, the more depth to the color you are applying.

When it's all said and done, if you don't like the results you can still cover it with a sticker, etc. The nice part about this approach is you seal the area from rusting and blowing off more of the paint.
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That would piss me off. If there is one thing I hope doesn't get any damage it is the fuel tank. You could try white out or a paint pen. It doesn't look very big, so I dunno how noticeable it would be. That is a tough spot for a decal too. I would think maybe two decals that would match on each side of the fuel cap.

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I would first fill the chip with the appropriate color touch up paint.... then you don't have a point which is as noticeable to cover with something else.

The trick with any of the touch up paints is to do as little as possible, and take a number of applications to build up to what you need it to do. Instead of trying to seal the hole by painting over it 'lip to lip', instead use as small and dry of an applicator as possible and just touch the bottom of the chip with the paint.... let it wick off of the applicator and flow from the center of the chip to the edges. Only use enough paint to cover the bottom.

Let that dry for at least a few hours, and then repeat. Each layer will fill in some of the chip. If you can keep it 'inside' the damage, you won't get that ring around the crater......

The more layers it takes to fill the hole, the more depth to the color you are applying.

When it's all said and done, if you don't like the results you can still cover it with a sticker, etc. The nice part about this approach is you seal the area from rusting and blowing off more of the paint.
After reading so many horror stories about the color rite touch up on this paint color, i was just going to layer it up with clear for protection, and then try to get some sort of factory-ish , symmetrical sticker action going on there. We shall see how it goes.
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Touch up paint. I had a chip on mine and used Color Rite. They have marker and brush tips available. The finish depends on how careful you are. ColorRite Motorcycle Paint
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After reading so many horror stories about the color rite touch up on this paint color, i was just going to layer it up with clear for protection, and then try to get some sort of factory-ish , symmetrical sticker action going on there. We shall see how it goes.
Even if you apply a blob of the touch up, and it looks like a bird left something on your tank.... that still stops the potential for rust. with appropriate care, you can take care of a little nick like what you have and make it acceptable from 10 feet. Maybe as good as 3-4 feet. Not perfect, but not bad.
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Nail polish. Test out the color first.
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Pics?? Tank pads are the best for this. Unless it is on the top of the tank.
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I had a Honda CBR1000 and I bought it with a carbon fiber trim kit. There were pieces that went around the tank filler lid, I believe......
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Pics?? Tank pads are the best for this. Unless it is on the top of the tank.
Didn't realize pic was not there, reposted. Yeah, it's in a lame place as you can see.

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I would fill it with a touch up pen and if you can't get it to look good with blending and wet sanding, then put two stickers on each side. I covered up one on the very front of my tank with a decal.

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Ended up throwing a decal over the chip after clear coating it. It looks ok I think. If it gets old, I'll probably find some elf oil stickers or something to put on there instead.

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Ended up throwing a decal over the chip after clear coating it. It looks ok I think. If it gets old I'll probably find some elf oil stickers on it or something.

So, where's the photo of how it turned out?

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