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Old 09-13-2008, 08:07 AM   #1
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Default How to Avoid Plastic Fade?

I've seen lots of bikes on here that are years old and appear to have faded very little, if at all.

On the other hand, I've seen some bikes that were only a couple of years old that look like their plastics are dusted with cornstarch, with the reds turning pink and the greens turning, well, less green.

Is there any way to avoid this with a new bike? I've got an '08 that I don't mind getting dirty, but I'd like to avoid this fade if it's possible. Is there some sort of protectant to use or is it just as simple as keeping it under a cover when you aren't riding it?
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Old 09-13-2008, 08:31 AM   #2
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Seems like it is a manufacturing/ plastic issue. I use 303 on mine which is kind of like armour all, but better. I have an 06 red and seems to be very prone to fading. It has been garage kept, but still is fading some.
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Old 09-13-2008, 09:03 AM   #3
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I have an 04 and an 95 KLR with no fade, both garage kept, both shine, I use Lexon Polish on the plastic. Note, don't look for this polish to bring back faded plastic, it won't. The only thing I have found that will bring back the faded plastic is to sand the plastic with 400 grit sandpaper, then buff with fine steelwool. You will have to sand the plastic and get past the faded spots in the plastic, or they will show-up again. You can then use the Plastic Renew kit that is sold at Cycle Gear, or take the plastic parts to a bodyshop and have the painted clearcoat them.

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Old 09-13-2008, 09:14 AM   #4
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Default Re: How to Avoid Plastic Fade?

I have an 05 that was garage kept until this year but it is 105 degrees in the garage all of the time. I had to keep the bike outside this year and kept it under a cover. This summer was pretty hot and was above 110 most of the time. The first tarp lasted two months before disintigrating. The Wolff cover I now have is fading quickly but the plastics are staying very good. I have used two products on them. Pledge and some kind of Teflon coating product. I think the Pledge did the most for me.
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:03 PM   #5
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Default Re: How to Avoid Plastic Fade?

there is no way to prevent it from fading. the reason its fading is the color is not just on the surface it is infused throughout the plastic and has no uv inhibiting clear coat on top of it if you want to stop if from fading you would have to take it to a body shop and get them to paint it with base coat clear coat wich is costly . i know its what i get paid to do.
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:31 PM   #6
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Ride only at night and keep the bike inside the rest of the time.
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Old 09-13-2008, 03:29 PM   #7
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Keep it out of the sun.

When I was down to living in an apartment and riding the bike daily, parking it in the sun, it fadded bad.
After the house I picked up soome eBay plastic, keep the bike in the garage when not riding it and the plastic still has a deep rich color to it. fadding is simply a clock showing how much it has been outside in the sun.

For reference, the first jacket I had was black, it fadded to gray. Under the arms, where there was no sun it was still black. Also the first plastic that fadded, the top back of the font fender (that was always in the shade) still had the original color to it.
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:38 PM   #8
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Keep it out of the sun.
That's it, pretty simple. UV radiation fades stuff...
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:23 PM   #9
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+1 on the 303 stuff I found it to be the best inhibitor on the market... (note inhibitor not preventer). Great for keeping soft tops in good shape as well.
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Old 09-13-2008, 09:43 PM   #10
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The 303 stuff is great as a protectant.

I've found Plexus is great as a polish/restorer.

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Old 09-13-2008, 10:52 PM   #11
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Another vote for 303...

I have an 05 that's spent some time in the sun, and I think this stuff has definitely postponed the fade in a substantial way. Plus it makes all things plastic look so darn nice when you put it on.

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I've seen lots of bikes on here that are years old and appear to have faded very little, if at all.

On the other hand, I've seen some bikes that were only a couple of years old that look like their plastics are dusted with cornstarch, with the reds turning pink and the greens turning, well, less green.

Is there any way to avoid this with a new bike? I've got an '08 that I don't mind getting dirty, but I'd like to avoid this fade if it's possible. Is there some sort of protectant to use or is it just as simple as keeping it under a cover when you aren't riding it?
Of course, I often ride my '04 throughout the day in the fierce sunlight of Western Australia.

However, I keep my bike in our garage when I am not riding it. If I have to park it for a while during a trip, I always park it in the shade.

It helps, too, to use a wax or protectant on the plastic which provides some protection from UV radiation, which, as others have pointed out, causes the plastic to fade.

As a result, at 25,000 miles, my bike has faded very little.

By the way, UV radiation will not only fade the plastic, but it will also make it more brittle and prone to cracking or even shattering. So, try to protect your bike as best you can from UV.
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Old 09-14-2008, 12:05 PM   #13
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I used that Plastic renew stuff on an old KX and it really didn't do a great job. I sanded the front fender for two days to get it smooth and then applied the product. When itwas finished, it kinda looked like I spray painted a clear coat on it. I followed the directions to a T.
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try not to let mud dry on it for long periods of time. and store it out of the sun, and out of the weather.
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:30 AM   #15
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I used Back to Black on my '93 Barbie KLR with no fading whatsoever in 25,000 mi. The new owner went to a different plastic protectant, and now, 3 years later, it is so faded it doesnt even look like the same bike.
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Great threads bro! Thanks for the information!
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