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Hello all - long time, no post!  Hope everyone is well.

I took delivery of a 959 Corse on Friday and tucked her away safely in the garage.  My first chance to get out and fit some parts was Sunday but whilst doing so I noticed that the dealer had fitted a Datatag kit.  Not something I asked for but I understand that it might be something that Ducati fit on all new bikes.

I've had Datatag on most of my bikes and some I have fitted myself and others have been fitted by dealers.  Both on dealer fitted kits and where I have done it myself, the UV etching is always done on the inside of the panels.  However on my bike (with matte paint) it has been done on the outside of every panel and the tank.  I don't know if it is due to the paint finish but the end result is hugely visible to the naked eye and the markings are in places that it is very easy to see.

I'm not happy with it.  But I wanted to check what other people think as I can sometimes be more 'picky' with new things than other people are.  I could really do without a disagreement with the dealer about it but they have made a right mess of things imho.

Couple of quick pictures attached so you can see how visible the markings are. Thoughts?

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I've only ever seen it done so that you can't see it! I'd not be happy either.
Just looked on their site and this flyer says it's meant to be invisible! Even says "stealth UV etch"

https://datatag.co.uk/PDFs/Datatag_Motorcycle_Brochure.pdf

.... however whilst typing I pinged the pics to some bike mates. One has said " My cbr1000f was like that when I got her. It buffs off no probs lol. "

Not sure if that's good or bad. 

I'd certainly take it up with the dealer. Just seems wrong. You didn't ask them to damage your panels.
 

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If it really is easy to buff you would hope the dealer could do that and relocate. But did you say it was matt paint? You can’t polish that I thought. 

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I’ve got the BMW Smartwater security on the M2, invisible, if it had looked like that then they’d of had the car return PDQ. The whole of these systems is to covert/passive.

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Glad to think it wasn't just me being precious!

I wasn't able to buff it due to it being matte paint - i.e. you can't polish it. 

Good news is I spoke to Datatag and they told me that they have changed the chemical make-up of the 'invisible' etching fluid so it shows like this initially but it fades away after a wash or two.  With that knowledge in hand I raised it with the dealer before touching it but then washed the bike a few times and it faded circa 80%.  A tiny bit of panel wipe later and you now can't see the etching at all. 

Might be nice if they pointed this out at the time of delivery though or if Datatag updated their website!  On gloss paint I think it would probably be easier as you could just give it a polish and watch it vanish.

Cheers

 

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That's good news. +++

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How about a pic of the bike ?

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On ‎27‎/‎04‎/‎2018 at 1:30 AM, Mort said:

How about a pic of the bike ?

Away from home at the moment but will be back soon and will stick a few up.  Have a couple of the little one sitting on it on my mobile so will post those up in a sec........

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