Hi everyone... I've fiddled with touch-up and small paint projects over the years and have failed many times. But I've learned from my mistakes and watching others and figured I'd share a guide that's easy to follow if you have small items to paint. I'll add a touch-up guide later.
Here's a minimal list of things you'll need
-Color matched base coat
-Quality clear coat
-2000 grit wet sandpaper (prefer 3M)
-lower grit paper, depending on the item's existing surface (500-1500 grit)
-simple school eraser
-liquid (can use water but I like using detail spray)
-a decent rubbing compound
-wax of your choice
For the touchup paint, I bought a set on Amazon for $24. It includes .5 oz of base and .5 oz of clear. It's pricey but goes a long way for touch up projects and was a perfect match for my V Star.
I recommend Meguiar's Ultimate Compound, not because it's the best but because it's the most forgiving for novices... and that applies to regular polishing and these little projects. It goes for around $10.
The wax I chose is Meguiar's Gold Class Carnuba Plus. Wax is a preference so go with what you know.
Remember, before using any of the liquid products listed, you need to shake them. For the paints, roll them between your hands to reduce bubbles. The compound and wax, just shake.
For this little project, I'll be painting a body plug that I picked up from Autozone. I'm cleaning up the back of the bike and am looking for something to cover that 1" squared hole where the plate wires were fed.
Here's the plug to start