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Old 12-23-2012, 06:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Paint clearcoat absorbing moisture

I have a 06 EGC and every time the paint gets wet it turns cloudy untill it drys. Any one else have this problem.
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No but I've waxed the paint on my 2000 many times in the last 172,000 miles.

I'd clean it real well,maybe even a light rubout with an ultra fine compound like Meguiars paint cleaner and then wax it real well with a good carnauba wax.
That should seal it up and make it shine.

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Old 12-23-2012, 08:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Clear coat or any paint is basicly sealed when it's sprayed, It sounds like you need a different type of wax or to strip the wax you have off and start over. if you are using a detailer they are mainly silicone and can react with some waxes and can cause the cloudy look your seeing
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yes i would clay bar it and start over with some good wax.
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a vivid black 2004 Road King Custom which came with leather bags. I replaced them with a set of new hard bags in August 2004. The bags will get cloudy when wet but not the tins.
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a vivid black 2004 Road King Custom which came with leather bags. I replaced them with a set of new hard bags in August 2004. The bags will get cloudy when wet but not the tins.
I think I know what you mean now, I forgot till you said the ABS does it but not the tin work, I have a 2011 RKC and the cold water from the outside hose does make it "Cloud over" for a brief time maybe 1-2 minute. Not sure why it does but it clears up, thinking that the Metalics they are using? or they still use Lacurer paint could possibly be that.
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:14 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The bike is waxed a lot and kept covered under my carport. You shouldn't need wax to stop clearcoat from absorbing moisture. But also your gauges shouldn't get full of moisture all the time also. Maybe it's a water based clear coat to keep the tree huggers happy. Also so like salty says, it's the bags and trunk not the tins. Merry Christmas everybody! I'm at work and having fun.

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Old 12-25-2012, 12:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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What color brother? Merry Christmas back to you.
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It's a redish marune with light small green flakes. I don't know the name though.
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The bike is waxed a lot and kept covered under my carport. You shouldn't need wax to stop clearcoat from absorbing moisture. But also your gauges shouldn't get full of moisture all the time also. Maybe it's a water based clear coat to keep the tree huggers happy. Also so like salty says, it's the bags and trunk not the tins. Merry Christmas everybody! I'm at work and having fun.
that might be part of the problem, you could have to much wax build up, should not have to wax that more than a couple times a year at most
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It's been waxed alot because I ride a lot and the clear coat they have now scratches if you sneeze on it, so I wax it to get the scratches out.
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I can assure you, too much wax isn't the problem on mine.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:24 AM   #13 (permalink)
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It's been waxed alot because I ride a lot and the clear coat they have now scratches if you sneeze on it, so I wax it to get the scratches out.
Waxing DOES NOT remove the scratches ... it merely fills the scratches ( small voids ) with wax to give the illusion of a smooth ( perfect ) surface. Yes, too much wax is/can be a problem but I can't attest to the fact that it's what is causing your cloudiness ... I know that when I've sprayed in high humidity situations I've gotten a cloudy haze in the darker colors ... I recommend that you stop by a body shop ( or automotive paint store ) and talk with one of the paint techs who should be able to shed some light on your situation.
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