Thread: Paint job on Ultra
02-17-2007, 12:25 PM #1
Paint job on Ultra
There has been several post about the paint on the ultra. I just finished getting my stickers of and on one of them I was using a solvent and my fingure nail to loosen the glue. Previous poster was correct, fingure nail will scratch the paint. It is not a very hard paint. It is VERY easy to scratch.
I don't know if it would do any good but maybe we should start letting Kawasaki know about this problem, I can see a possible recall in the future if there is enough complaining. I know this is just my 2nd ski but my last one was Kawasaki 15f and it did not have this problem. I am curious to what you guys find out.
02-17-2007, 12:59 PM #2
What is the color of your ski? I know the red comes off really easy, I'm wondering if the blue/silver has the same problems ? It seems like the paint never cured properly. If the paint were to start peeling off on it's own accord, a recall might be justified. But I doubt you would get anywhere telling them the paint scratches too easily when peeling off the warning stickers !
If a class action was to be started against Kawi it should involve the 5 gallons or so of fuel that, according to R&D, can't be used without changing to an aftermarket fuel pickup. These are quotes from the Kawi brochure; "The massive 20.6 gallon fuel tank equates to one of the longest-running PWC ever produced" (LX version). "enormous front storage compartment and a 78-litre fuel tank (one of the largest in the industry) that provides a substancial cruising range" If up to 5 gallons in that "massive fuel tank" can not be used as the ski is delivered, that would constitute false advertising, and I would think, should have to be corrected at Kawasaki's expense. As it is now, it seems the usable fuel in the Ultras tank is actually less than that in any of the competitors skis.
02-17-2007, 02:26 PM #3
02-17-2007, 03:29 PM #4
I got the red one. The paint does act as if it has not hardened as it should. I don't have but an hour on it so I have not run much fuel out of the tank. Looking at the tank it looks to have used less than a quarter of tank. I guess time will tell.
02-17-2007, 06:05 PM #5
Those stickers are hell to get off!
I got the glove box one off after about an hour of hair dryer
and scraping it with fingernail and flexible synthentic spatula.
Starting on back ones but these plastic labels disinegrate as
you try to pull them off, even fairly warm to the touch with dryer.
I'm about ready to get my 3M boot stripe removal wheel going on
my drill. I took off baked on stripes off of lots of boats, however
they were on gelcoat, so you could just polish a little and it looked
02-17-2007, 11:35 PM #6
Got back one off but......
Got back sticker off with a single edge razor blade and glue off.
Not I've got a lot of scratches through the paint! What's the fix?
Repaint section?? Any ideas on getting that blue color from Kawa?
Should I get body shop to match locally??
Curious minds want to now. That's that worst glue I've ever dealt
with, all over my fingers, hell to get off.
02-17-2007, 11:58 PM #7
02-18-2007, 01:13 AM #8
02-18-2007, 01:28 AM #9
This stuff (3M General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner) works great at removing adhesives and much more. I've used this stuff for years on many things without fail including removing the stickers on my RXP. The only exception is will attack some plastics and will no doubt strip any wax.
02-18-2007, 07:05 AM #10
Thanks for the tip on Colorite, exactly what the doctor ordered!
Pretty pricey at $34 for aerosol......the pens look good too.
I think I know what I want to do. I'm going to put the family
coat of arms on the back. Anyone know of a good label maker/printer
who could generate this on a plastic stock like Kawa is using??
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