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Old 05-17-2010, 04:34 PM   #1
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Plastic Tank restoration

Hello Does anyone have some wisdom to pass on regarding restoring plastic fuel tanks. I have a XR 500 [its an ADV type of XR 500!] with a oxidised looking, standard OEM fuel tank. Is there a polish or proprietary product, or do you wet and dry or scotchbrite or perhaps both.. Thanks in advance.....
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:42 PM   #2
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Hello Does anyone have some wisdom to pass on regarding restoring plastic fuel tanks. I have a XR 500 [its an ADV type of XR 500!] with a oxidised looking, standard OEM fuel tank. Is there a polish or proprietary product, or do you wet and dry or scotchbrite or perhaps both.. Thanks in advance.....
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I'm restoring a 1980 PE 250 and was about to ask the same question.

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Old 05-17-2010, 04:59 PM   #3
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Steel wool.

I done the tank and gaurds on my old XR with steel wool and it came up pretty good. If real bad try scraping without gouging the plastic with a butter knife or similar.
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:06 PM   #4
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my 87 klr was faded

i hit the plastics with a paint stripping gun and they came up like new ,(don,t try this at home ,kids)
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:42 PM   #5
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Ballards Sell a Plastic "POLISH" Rejuvinator, Or something like that

A mate used it on his XR400, and it worked a treat,
I was amazed at the end result, I'm not sure of the amount of elbow grease that is required.
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:33 PM   #6
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I just finished polishing a plastic fuel tank using normal cut and polish compound with wool buffing pad on the buffer. It worked great just try resist spinning the pad to fast.

I have used wet and dry to remove sctratckes as well and then polished them of using a blow torch. Needles to say dont do that on a tank with fuel or fuel vapour in it.
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:45 AM   #7
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Mate of mine, crash repairer, put me on to 'T Cut' polish some years ago to replenish scratches in cars. I use it on my IMS translucent tank every now and then (without too much elbow grease) and it appears to be keeping it at its original 'colour'.
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:21 AM   #8
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For what it's worth, I've used something called Clorox "Gumption" which is an abrasive kitchen cleaning paste with a scotch brite pad or steel wool with success....
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:30 AM   #9
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I have found this a good product.

http://www.novusautoglass.com.au/plastic.htm

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Old 05-18-2010, 02:10 AM   #10
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I'd give a product like plexus a go, keeps my black fuel tank looking good as new even though I have put the odd shallow scratch in it. Just spray it on and give it a wipe, easy on the elbows too.
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:00 PM   #11
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If your considering paint have a read of this, i tried once to paint a kids Pee wee tank but the fuel vapours beat me. I had no idea you had to seal the inside of the tank as well, by the way the paint i used on the rest of the plastics held up really well.

http://www.4strokes.com/tech/plastic_restore/
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:54 PM   #12
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It will depend on how oxidised your tank is. VMX magazine did a feature on in some time ago. If it's in bad condition you have to scrape the tank with a Stanley blade (Although I've had good results with beadblasting.) to get all the oxidation off. Then start sanding with wet and dry sand paper and work your way up to 1200 grit, then go to a plosih. It's a long and tedious process.

Try http://www.ozvmx.com/community/ A lot of old dirt bikers here that spend all their spare time restoring old bikes. If you do a forum search you'll dig something up on the subject.

Or you could contact http://www.vmxmag.com.au/02_Home%20page/homepage.html and find out the back issue that had the article.
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:56 PM   #13
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I'd give a product like plexus a go, keeps my black fuel tank looking good as new even though I have put the odd shallow scratch in it. Just spray it on and give it a wipe, easy on the elbows too.
This is a good product, although I am not convinced it will restore badly faded plastics, and certainly not with good long-term results. I'd look at the polish option, starting with Gumption. Then go Plexus to keep the shine afterwards.
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:02 PM   #14
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Think of it as a headlight lens.....

this is the best instruction I have seen to polish a plastic surface....if it works on a lens, it will work on a tank....

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars...enance/4252611
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