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Old 03-31-2010, 02:26 PM   #1
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Default Faded Plastic Repair?

I bought a SS and the plastic is faded from the vegas sun, i remember reading a post on here or another site about some easy fix so it looks almost new again, anyone know the answer or have a link?
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:31 PM   #2
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Yeah spray paint. Flat black looks really good by the way.

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Old 04-01-2010, 08:29 AM   #3
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I know paint is an option and i might paint it eventually Gloss black to match my other bikes and to hide in the woods..., Changing the factory colors really hurts resale value so im going to try and restore the faded plastic first. I remember something about a heat gun and polishing compound...?
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Old 04-02-2010, 03:56 AM   #4
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some people have scraped off the oxidised layer with a plastic scarper or putty knife, or scrubbed it off with a scotchbrite pad or sandpaper.

a heat gun is also an option... but you've gotta be very careful to keep it moving. if there's a heavy layer of chalky baked plastic it's probably a good idea to remove that first before using the heat gun.

some of the color restoring compounds from the auto parts store may work... again, not hainvg the baked chalky stuff helps.

there ain't no "woods" around vegas.

flat colors, black, od, or tan seem to hide dirt and blemishes better than anything glossy.

the few plastic parts that were on my 250 were baked, and the used parts i've bought have been pretty beat. i'll probably scrub them down and repaint with flat black bumper paint because it's not shiny like the Krylon Fusion and has the primer/adhesion promoter built in.

what is this "resale value" you speak of?
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Old 04-03-2010, 01:01 AM   #5
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...because it's not shiny like the Krylon Fusion and has the primer/adhesion promoter built in.

what is this "resale value" you speak of?
I found Krylon Fusion flat black paint that's what I used to paint mine. No shiny at all.

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Old 04-03-2010, 07:27 AM   #6
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camo clad sounds like an option, but i havn't tried it yet.
i am still waiting for my roll to get here.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:37 PM   #7
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The bike came from vegas....im in Ohio right now with plenty of woods to hide in! One other thing i forgot what is the main jet and pilot size everyone switches to on a SS? Took my first ride today, nice bike!! Very cold blooded!
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:03 AM   #8
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My red '06 started turning pink from the sun. I used Black Magic "Tire Wet". I put it on and let it set overnight then reapplied it in the morning and it fixed the problem.
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:21 AM   #9
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I did the Scotchbrite and Simple Green scrub until all the dead stuff came off. I followed it up with a little Armorall to keep it looking good.
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Good soaking with lemon pledge worked on my pink plastic...smells good too!
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:43 PM   #11
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Good soaking with lemon pledge worked on my pink plastic...smells good too!


What's best to protect it? I waxed mine the other day not knowing if that would help with UV protection or not. I know it's good for the tank but I wasn't sure about the rest of the bike.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:46 PM   #12
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What's best to protect it? I waxed mine the other day not knowing if that would help with UV protection or not. I know it's good for the tank but I wasn't sure about the rest of the bike.

Just the plastics...doesn't really help for the tank...I tried wax on the plastics...still faded...so now I just spray with pledge and leave it on...
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:10 PM   #13
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Default Re: Faded Plastic Repair?

I saw a you tube video several weeks ago where the guy (I think in the UK) used a heat gun to refurbish a rear view mirror(really rough looking). When he was done, it looked brand new. As stated above, he went back and forth trying to keep the heat even. For the mirror, he had to do one side at a time to keep from breaking the glass...

I know it doesn't take much to fade a red ft fender, (replaced mine once already on an 05-garaged).

Please let us know if you do it and the results, etc...
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:48 PM   #15
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a heat gun is also an option... but you've gotta be very careful to keep it moving. if there's a heavy layer of chalky baked plastic it's probably a good idea to remove that first before using the heat gun.
I've personally tried that option and on some plastics it works wonders, on other plastics it just melts and distorts them. When I bought my bike every piece of plastic on it was really faded except for the body plastics. I tried the heat gun technique on the black plastic of the turn signals and they turned out pretty good. The color went from an almost grey color back to a glossy black but it isnt perfect by any means. The color is a little distorted and there are spots or waves in the color here and there. Whether or not further heating would get them completely perfect was hard to tell so I decided to stop while I was ahead. I also tried the same thing on the chain guard but just melted and warped it. (luckily the bike came with a spare)

The plastics on my bike are all white but the bike came with a few spares including the original blue radiator scoops. As you can see from the photo below they were horribly faded which is likely why the previous owner changed to the white plastics. Anyway, I tried the heat gun technique on them and the different is night and day. I got them to look even better by polishing them with a plastic polish after using the heat gun.

Before and After


In my experience the trick to the heat gun technique is to constantly keep the heat gun moving. Start on one end of the plastic, moving back and forth until you see the color changing and as it changes slowly move along the plastic while constantly moving back and forth. You need to heat it enough to slightly melt the surface without heating it so far that it completely melts the piece. Its a fine line so dont say I didnt warn you.

BTW Like Fixer said, if you can get rid of most of the chalky oxidation before using the heat gun it will probably come out even better. I used the heat gun without doing so and you can see that the color isnt completely solid. I think if I had removed the oxidation first it would look even better.
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BTW Like Fixer said, if you can get rid of most of the chalky oxidation before using the heat gun it will probably come out even better. I used the heat gun without doing so and you can see that the color isnt completely solid. I think if I had removed the oxidation first it would look even better.
The results are excellent, thanks to your efforts I'm going to try the heat gun followed by polish on my '89 KLRs faded blue front fender and fairing. Thanks for doing this experiment and showing that it works on the KLR plastic.
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Yeah, a fine line indeed! support the pieces evenly on something that won't melt also so the pieces won't sag or shift. Don't touch them until they cool!
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Go to your local auto parts store and get a wax by mcguires called pastix. Works like a champ! Turned my pink klr plastic to a deep red and was easy to use, just wipe vigorous and buff.
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Yeah, a fine line indeed! support the pieces evenly on something that won't melt also so the pieces won't sag or shift. Don't touch them until they cool!
Good points! With that wisdom in mind, this is what I was able to accomplish with a heat gun, Mothers, a brass bristle brush and buffing cloth.


Here are the four tools I used.


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Here's a quick video illustration of how I restored the plastics on my KLR with a heat gun. I'm using my brake fluid resivoir holder since it looked "old" after I did this process to my other parts.
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