This article is from the Ducatis Motorcycles FAQ, by Duke Robillard firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Believe it or not, Ducati uses slightly different shades of that beautiful
red (SFI Red, according to the wizened souls of the Church of Ducati), so
make sure you get the primer and paint specific to your bike. It seems to
vary by year. Note that the undercoat is pink primer, not white, which
explains why it's so damn hard for the dealers to match original paints.
You might try Color-Rite Distributing (http://www.color-rite.com/). They
have pens and spray cans to match many of the factory colors.
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When you finally find the perfect match, sand the afflicted area very
gently, just enough to get most of the big scrapes out. A little filler
might be useful here. Let it cure all the way, then sand gently again. Wash
thoroughly after each sanding. Lastly, apply the paint in t-h-i-n coats and
let each set well between each layer. Finish with a clear coat. It will
take longer if it's cold in the garage.
Don't be discouraged if it doesn't come out exactly right -- the secret
seems to be the pink primer. Not all pieces use the pink stuff, though, so