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    Default Can Am paint

    I have a question about the paint jobs on Can Ams. I was watching a You Tube video showing the new 2020 Can Am RT. I noticed that the paint looked horrible, much like mine. Primarily the glossy panels. My Spyder is matt black, with some gloss black panels. The matt paint is fine, but the gloss looks terrible. Lots of swirl marks, and seemingly permanent finger prints. It was like this when I bought it, and I thought I could easily polish them out. I've worked on it, but with no luck. Nothing has smoothed them out. I made the mistake of attaching a Go Pro suction mount on one panel, and it left a mark that I can't remove! I'm a little afraid to use a more aggressive cutting compound. Does anyone have any advise? I've never had a problem with any of my vehicles in the past. Has anyone else noticed this?
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    Totally agree
    swirl marks throught
    take bike to a paint shop for best advice re cutting compounds for the clearcoat

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    I was wondering that myself. I picked up a new 2019 F3-S back in September and it had those swirls in the gloss panels as well. To me it looked like it had been cleaned with an abrasive material.

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    Due to Canadian laws, BRP only uses " water based paint " ….. imho it's not as durable as what is used in USA ….. Mike

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    We use the same paint here in the good old USA at least we do at the truck factory where I worked. It can look great if done properly, but it is an exact process. It's easy to get swirls and defects and once the clear coat is applied the problem is compounded. Clear coat is a must because the base paint is not very durable at all. Manufacturers use a low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint because of environmental concerns and laws. We get some really pretty colors with this paint, but the durability stinks. Unfortunately a lot of the defects we see are under the clear coat making them tougher to repair.

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    Default Paint Codes

    In case anyone is interested here are the paint codes for Can Am
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    Try this it worked great on the black nose piece of my 15 rt-s.
    3M 05996 Machine Polish

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyspyder2039 View Post
    Try this it worked great on the black nose piece of my 15 rt-s.
    3M 05996 Machine Polish
    I agree - good results here too.

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    Campermac, are you able to access the codes for other years as well? Where did you find these. I need to find the codes for the 2012 Lava Bronze. thanks for your help.

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    they are only allowed to use water colors in California as well, some folks ride over to Nevada where
    they use real paint and not the water based stuff for paint work

    Quote Originally Posted by BLUEKNIGHT911 View Post
    Due to Canadian laws, BRP only uses " water based paint " ….. imho it's not as durable as what is used in USA ….. Mike

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    This is what I found for you

    paint codes lava bronze
    BASF=W887279
    PPG=931120
    BRB=B-330
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    Thank you very much.

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