After eight years of the annual plastic touch up, I decided to apply stone guard film to the leading 200mm of the main fairing panels on my 02 RS. Bought the film, got the nod on how to do it and went for it. (I've applied heaps over the years, including this bike but always small pieces, applied dry, and without water) Anyway, sprayed soapy water and applied the film with the knowledge that as I had used a small amount of soap in the water, the film was "relocatable" if I wasn't happy. WRONG. When I lifted the film I lifted the clear coat, as I had forced the water through tiny stone chips in the clear coat where it reacted with the colour base coat. The colour is water based! The issue is that before a decision can be made as to whether you are happy with the result, you have to squeeze the water out and it's this process that forces the water through small stone chips in the clear coat. Any way, instead of paying a professional a few bucks to do it, I've had to pay the professional painter a couple of grand to respray the entire panel work (I'm a fussy bugger when it comes to metallic paint) when there was very little wrong with it in the first place. Some things are best left to those who really know what they are doing.