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Old 07-02-2012, 10:22 PM   #1
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Cleaning Old Saddlebags

I searched and Googled before I asked. Has anyone come up with a good way to bring the shine back to old Krauser bags. Years past I used a product from BMW and that is NLA.



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Old 07-03-2012, 01:26 AM   #2
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I have had decent luck with spray polish (I used honda brand)

If it's for show you can use back to black, but I've found that it doesn't last all that long.

I have a pair of Givi bags that I repainted in semi flat black, and they looked great afterwards, much better then the sunfaded grey they were.
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:40 AM   #3
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:35 AM   #4
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I had decent luck with shoe polish ( on the front covers ) ... ( Caveat ... must be a brand endorsed by the Queen )
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:48 AM   #5
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I had decent luck with shoe polish ( on the front covers ) ... ( Caveat ... must be a brand endorsed by the Queen )

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Old 07-03-2012, 02:53 AM   #6
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They are ABS plastic and the best solution would be a cutting/rubbing compound to remove the oxidized film followed by a good car wax. IMO. There might be a problem with the textured part of the cases.

And years ago we used a product called Marhyde (a paint for vinyl used on car interiors-- dashes, door panels, etc) that would adhere to a plastic (vinyl) and was pretty durable. At least over 3-4 year timespans.
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Old 07-03-2012, 03:12 AM   #7
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Anyone tried "ebony" Rub 'n Buff on these ol' bags?
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Old 07-03-2012, 03:29 AM   #8
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The hardware stores carry paint made for plastic it's called Fusion. They would have to be clean of any type of silicone.
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:59 AM   #9
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I searched and Googled before I asked. Has anyone come up with a good way to bring the shine back to old Krauser bags. Years past I used a product from BMW and that is NLA.



Watching... My BMW bags are looking about the same. One thing I noticed, your latches look to be in great condition. Have you worked on them and what did you do? I'd like to get mine to where they actually latch and align with the release button.
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Watching... My BMW bags are looking about the same. ***
Mine too. I happen to have a can of Bon Ami, a very mild cleansing powder that isn't supposed to scratch. It's been around forever:

http://www.bonami.com/

I'll give it a try on my bags tonight and report the results back here. I'll bet that this powder and a soft brush or terrycloth rag to get down into the "texture" of the bag surface will do the trick - at least for cleaning off the oxidized surface layer.

Then maybe a shot with the Fusion (or simply some silicone or paste wax) will make them shine again.

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Old 07-03-2012, 05:23 AM   #11
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Mine too. I happen to have a can of Bon Ami, a very mild cleansing powder that isn't supposed to scratch. It's been around forever:

http://www.bonami.com/

I'll give it a try on my bags tonight and report the results back here. I'll bet that this powder and a soft brush or terrycloth rag to get down into the "texture" of the bag surface will do the trick - at least for cleaning off the oxidized surface layer.

Then maybe a shot with the Fusion (or simply some silicone or paste wax) will make them shine again.

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Bon Ami in the gold can is some good sh*t. When I was slinging auto parts back when, we'd recommend it for cleaning glass without scratching. Abrasive enough to clean, but gentle enough to not mar the surface I'd think.
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:39 AM   #12
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Mequiers and others make a product for black bumpers, trim etc. that works great. I would wash & dry them real good then apply that. Might take a couple times but I have brought some neglected pieces back to life on more than one occaision. Detail section of the auto parts store.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:20 AM   #13
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I have used a product by Rust-o-Leum that is for plastic outdoor furniture. It has a slight pebble grain finish, and the finish itself is semi-satin. I used it on the side panels and rad. shrouds and it holds up very nice. To my eye it gives it a nice finish that dosent scream re-paint. It is kinda hard to find this paint, aleast where I live.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:26 AM   #14
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If these bags really are ABS you don't need to use any special expensive paint, ABS is very compatible with standard formulas, but you do need to make sure and prep the bag for for paint.

I've had good luck with Dawn dishwashing soap and scrubbing the heck out of the bag and then denatured alcohol to finish the job and make sure the water is dried up.

If you use greases or waxes or silly cone, you might not ever be able to get paint to adhere without getting fisheyes.
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:29 AM   #15
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Has anyone come up with a good way to bring the shine back to old Krauser bags.
I used Mother's "Back to Black" on mine. Seemed to work alright, not miraculous, but adequate. I did not make before and after pictures, but mine looked just like yours before I cleaned 'em up.
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