Solid, Metallic and Pearls Colors Application Questions

What is a 2-stage paint?

This is the application of a base coat (selected color) with a topcoat applied (clearcoat)

Is this the same original OEM paint used on the earlier model bikes?

No, the paints used back then are a lacquer base applied as a single-stage application. Honda never sold any of their paints to the public or industrial market. One private business did however market a 3 oz. touch-up custom mixed paint in small touch-up amounts for re-sell. Note: the touch-up cans were custom mixed from OEM parts purchased from Honda factories and is NOT the original paint used on Honda bikes.

VMR Paints uses premium basecoat colors that feature low build, fewer coats, are easy to apply, and touch ups are easier than ever.

How can I be sure the color will match the original Honda color?

We have spend thousands dollars on a variety of premium base coats and OEM preserves Honda parts. Our paint technicians use a high-tech scanners to read the color pigments on preserved OEM parts. This information is entered in a database that allow us the reproduce the exact color .

How many coats will it take to achieve the proper color?

The number of coats will vary depending on the color, airflow and tip adjustment. It's always recommended to do a sprayout test first. In most cases, it may takes 2-3 coats as an average.

Can I use my own primer, clearcoat or any others with VMR Paints products?

We strongly DO NOT recommend using other product in combination with our products. VMR Paints do not test their products with any others and can only assure the proper results if misused.

Where do I find the paint code for my vintage motorcycle color?

There are no paints code used by Honda prior the 1982, all our paint is careful custom mix to match the preserved OEM Honda colors.

Can I take the product code number from the can to my local paint shop and have this paint reproduced?

No, the code number associated with each of our products are for VMR Paints reference only. This is used to identify the mixing formula that is entered into our system. These codes have absolutely no value to any outside paint distributing company.

I seen on the Internet a list of Honda paint codes, are these codes legit?

No, any vintage codes related to Honda motorcycles are most likely the product code number issued by Lubritech Corp in the early 1970's. These number have absolutely zero meaning in the automotive and motorcycle paint industry. All our paint is careful custom mix to match the preserved OEM Honda colors. We purchase hundreds of Honda OEM parts in excellent condition each year.

What is meant by a Sprayout Test?

Before you proceed with the applications, prep a piece of metal sheet or extra part with primer Count the number of coats you will need to apply the achieve the proper color. Use this sprayout test to adjust all your setting on the air flow, regulars and spray pattern on gun.

Can the average handyman painter apply the candy process with professional results?

Yes, with basic painting skills, our premium basecoat paints are easily applied and require fewer build up.

Are these paints chemical resistant to gas and oil?

Yes, the paints are chemical resistant . These paints provide the same finish applied to automobiles. All VMR Paint require a clear coat that seals the finish and provide the protection for many years.

What is Flash Time?

This is a amount of time in between coats. This prevents solvents from being trapped in the paint causing problems such as solvent pop, sand scratch swelling, and a low gloss for topcoats to mention a few.