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 Removing scratches from the plastic?

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PostSubject: Removing scratches from the plastic?   Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:16 pm

Not sure I'm all that keen on the idea of using highly polished plastic on bikes where contact with clothing and boots is inevitable as it seems to scratch and dull. The old bikes had painted metal fenders which seemed to be easier to keep care of. What do you use to clean, polish and remove scratches from the plastic fenders and tank shroud - or am I being overly prissy about the thing.
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PostSubject: Re: Removing scratches from the plastic?   Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:30 pm

I'm interested also!!! I bungeed a jerry can onto the back and it is scratch beyond all get out.

*I guess since mine is so bad I could start with sandpaper...just been to busy/lazy.
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PostSubject: Re: Removing scratches from the plastic?   Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:12 pm

Deep scratches you'll have to wet/dry 1500 sandpaper and warm soapy water. Another way is to use a heat gun, but be very careful cause you could melt the plastic in the process. Fine scratches comes out with Honda Plastic Polish and an orbital polisher. I also add a coat of teflon after.

Basically my method consists of:
Deep scratches....heat the plastic with a heat gun to just enuf to melt the scratch so it fills in. Then take the 1500 wet/dry sandpaper w/warm soapy water and sand until smooth. Takes a few times and some patience but it works. Then spray on some Honda polish, take the orbital to it. DO that a couple of times. Then take teflon wax and run the orbital over it.

Fine scratches...spray with Honda polish, run the orbital over it; repeat. Put on some teflon wax, run the orbital on it, done. thumb

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PostSubject: Re: Removing scratches from the plastic?   Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:22 pm

It is a dirt bike... So long as it's mechanically sound who cares about scratches?
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PostSubject: Re: Removing scratches from the plastic?   Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:25 pm

Not everyone wants a piece of emery cloth between their nether regions. Very happy

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M1A Rifleman




PostSubject: Re: Removing scratches from the plastic?   Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:43 am

Tibarus wrote:
It is a dirt bike... So long as it's mechanically sound who cares about scratches?

That's what my wife says. Thou, I'm still bent about tipping over in traffic the other day and adding to the array of cosmetic issues, which are now repaired except for my pride.
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PostSubject: Re: Removing scratches from the plastic?   Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:03 am

Deep scratches: emery cloth sounds good
Regular polishing: use 'Mr Sheen' synthetic furniture polish - really shiny & cheap, & seems to clean off dead bugs well!!! Available in any UK supermarket - is it available on other side of pond?!?!?!
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PostSubject: Re: Removing scratches from the plastic?   Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:40 am

I like my bike to look good,
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