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This is primarily for UK members. My RS fell of its stand, nothing broken as the bulk of it landed on me! (boy are these bikes heavy) but now the lower fairing has a bad case of gravel rash.
Has anyone used a mobile company called Bike Medic? the advertising blurb says they come to your home and can do invisible paint touch ups without the need to spray the whole panel.
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This is primarily for UK members. My RS fell of its stand, nothing broken as the bulk of it landed on me! (boy are these bikes heavy) but now the lower fairing has a bad case of gravel rash.
Has anyone used a mobile company called Bike Medic? the advertising blurb says they come to your home and can do invisible paint touch ups without the need to spray the whole panel.
I don't think I'd trust a Yellow Pages franchise operation with my very expensive paintwork:

All the 'plastics' are ABS, that needs the correct priming and 2 pack paint finishes.

I don't believe anybody who says their paint touchups are 'invisible'. I spent years working in colorimetry and what you end up with depends a lot on what light you see it through. Park the bike under a sodium street light and I bet you'll see the repair. If I was making a decision to get a panel sprayed, I might first see what sort of job I could do myself. Also some paint spray shops will make up a colour match and sell it in an aerosol.

You won't be able to get a perfect match on a small area. If it's hidden low down on a side panel you may put up with it.

You could put a 'sticker' over a smallish area.

Get a quote from a pro paint shop to do the whole panel.

I'm amazed you survived the bike on top of you - were you wearing your full riding gear?



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I would say put a sticker over it or contact your local BMW dealer and see what bodyshop they use and go through that route.

I work for a BMW car dealer and we have our own bodyshop and they can mix any colour that is within the BMW range, they will be doing work for me on my K1200rs in the winter.

if you had an Aston Martin where would you take it for repair or paint repair, jo bloggs or a recognised Aston Martin franchised dealer.

Even Aston Martin where I worked for some 15 years before i joined BMW 5 years ago cringed if owners phone up the yellow pages just to save money on a repair,

If you go through a BMW dealer your repair will be covered by a paint and materials warranty for several years, jo bloggs will not offer that service.

You might save some dosh but it might be a substandard repair.
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I don't think I'd trust a Yellow Pages franchise operation with my very expensive paintwork:

All the 'plastics' are ABS, that needs the correct priming and 2 pack paint finishes.

I don't believe anybody who says their paint touchups are 'invisible'. I spent years working in colorimetry and what you end up with depends a lot on what light you see it through. Park the bike under a sodium street light and I bet you'll see the repair. If I was making a decision to get a panel sprayed, I might first see what sort of job I could do myself. Also some paint spray shops will make up a colour match and sell it in an aerosol.

You won't be able to get a perfect match on a small area. If it's hidden low down on a side panel you may put up with it.

You could put a 'sticker' over a smallish area.

Get a quote from a pro paint shop to do the whole panel.

I'm amazed you survived the bike on top of you - were you wearing your full riding gear?
Thanks for the advice, I think a whole panel spray by a recognised franchise is the way to go. I did not totally escape , have sprained ankle and fractured bones in the foot, good quality boots paid off it could have been a lot worse.
If I ever feel it going over again I think bailing out will be a better alternative to trying to hold it up.
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I would say put a sticker over it or contact your local BMW dealer and see what bodyshop they use and go through that route.

I work for a BMW car dealer and we have our own bodyshop and they can mix any colour that is within the BMW range, they will be doing work for me on my K1200rs in the winter.

if you had an Aston Martin where would you take it for repair or paint repair, jo bloggs or a recognised Aston Martin franchised dealer.

Even Aston Martin where I worked for some 15 years before i joined BMW 5 years ago cringed if owners phone up the yellow pages just to save money on a repair,

If you go through a BMW dealer your repair will be covered by a paint and materials warranty for several years, jo bloggs will not offer that service.

You might save some dosh but it might be a substandard repair.
Thanks for the sound advice, the bike was immaculate, it would be a shame to spoil it with a shoddy job.

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