ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Gear > The Garage
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-01-2013, 08:46 AM   #1
bembe OP
Adventurer
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Oddometer: 67
What to do to Faded Plastics ?

Good morning.

Any suggestions as to a PROVEN product to use on Faded Plastics ?

I have a number of perfect fenders and panels that could be brought back
to SHINE with a proven product out on the market.

Any suggestions ?

Thank you, TOMAS.
bembe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2013, 08:54 AM   #2
endlesshydro
Adventurer
 
Joined: Aug 2012
Oddometer: 18
Endless Hydrographics :)

Check out my brothers DRZ-400 and matching ATV

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...type=3&theater
endlesshydro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2013, 03:06 PM   #3
Bayner
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Penticton, BC
Oddometer: 1,457
I've been impressed with this stuff:
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...-Detailer.aspx

Just spray it and let it soak in for an hour or so. Repeat on areas that have soaked it all in. Makes cleanup easier too.
Bayner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2013, 06:29 PM   #4
Rd650
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Rd650's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Clemson SC
Oddometer: 197
Heat gun
Rd650 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2013, 06:32 PM   #5
Hastelloy-X
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Wisconsin
Oddometer: 301
^^^^^
Like he said; heat gun.
Hastelloy-X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2013, 11:47 PM   #6
heirhead
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jan 2009
Location: On the water in SoCal
Oddometer: 388
303 aerospace protectant. Similar to ArmorAll but WAY better.
Sure makes an old kayak look like new.

Heirhead
heirhead is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 01:05 AM   #7
aussie_king_mick
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Sydney, Australia
Oddometer: 166
Thumb

This is what you need…
http://www.pcracingusa.com/Plastic-Renew--Motorcycle_p_79.html
aussie_king_mick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 04:13 AM   #8
AllenL
Adventurer
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Oddometer: 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by heirhead View Post
303 aerospace protectant. Similar to ArmorAll but WAY better.
Sure makes an old kayak look like new.

Heirhead
I second the 303 aerospace protectant. Its awesome on any plastic that is going to spend some time out in the sun.
__________________
1986 XR600R --> 2014 XR700CW - work in progress
AllenL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 09:00 AM   #9
kubiak
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Nov 2007
Location: madera california
Oddometer: 4,809
i like to sand the plastic to get to the good color then clearcoat.
kubiak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 09:34 AM   #10
H96669
A proud pragmatist.
 
H96669's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Hiding off Hwy 6, B.C.
Oddometer: 4,298
May depend how much faded. Holy cripes do I have something here to practice on.25 years of fading. And have already practiced but not with 303, looked a couple weeks back and price was a little rich for me. Maybe next time....! But sure tried the others....Armor All, Mothers etc....etc nothing worked.

In the meantime I tried another trick I may just have learned here. Brake fluid. Now that's DOT4. Apparently the DOT5 is better for that, has sillicone in it but again local price was a little too much if just for practices.Maybe next time....!

Anyway you can see where I removed the Honda decal and then tried Dot4 under. May need a little wetsanding at the appropriate grit(s) lubed with brake fluid. This is just a quick buffing with a dirty rag and older brake fluid. Been like that for over a year so seems to work. Maybe someday I'll finish it, that is put more than 5 minutes of efforts into it.

Sure doesn't look like the Glycol ate the plastics. Never tought it would but......I have another tank for that bike.

__________________
Have tools, will travel!

H96669 screwed with this post 02-02-2013 at 09:43 AM
H96669 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 03:47 PM   #11
chollo9
Screwed the Pooch
 
chollo9's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2003
Location: Silk Hope, NC
Oddometer: 992
Details on heat gun, please. Or is it obvious? The color just comes back?
__________________
"It's not that I don't like people...I just find I am happier when they're not around"
chollo9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 07:56 PM   #12
bk brkr baker
Beastly Adventurer
 
bk brkr baker's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: The Bluegrass
Oddometer: 5,006
Quote:
Originally Posted by chollo9 View Post
Details on heat gun, please. Or is it obvious? The color just comes back?
I tried the heat gun thing on my faded '92 KLR blue plastic. No luck on the first go round. I then went after it with Soft Scrub followed by wax and it worked somewhat.
Forward 2-3 years down the line and the fade is back. Soft-scrub just didn't seem to be getting it now.
So out comes the heat gun and more determination and ta-da ! This time I got results.
What I did was work on a small area with the gun on low , never stop moving the flow, but stay in a small area until you see the surface change. The oils will rise to the top and shine then keep moving the gun to spread this effect over the whole area.It takes about 20-25 minutes to do a front fender.
As the plastic cools some of the shine goes away but, you can get most of it back with a good waxing.
The next time I went riding with my usual crew a couple of them asked if I'd gotten new plastic.The treatment is still holding up after a year.
__________________
RR's Catnip Hill to Peoria ___Loopin' Seattle to WestFest
It started with some beers __1500 miles to the Dentist
Skeedaddle to Seattle______ A 30 year old on a Three Flags Run
bk brkr baker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2013, 06:14 AM   #13
chollo9
Screwed the Pooch
 
chollo9's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2003
Location: Silk Hope, NC
Oddometer: 992
Quote:
Originally Posted by bk brkr baker View Post
I tried the heat gun thing on my faded '92 KLR blue plastic. No luck on the first go round. I then went after it with Soft Scrub followed by wax and it worked somewhat.
Forward 2-3 years down the line and the fade is back. Soft-scrub just didn't seem to be getting it now.
So out comes the heat gun and more determination and ta-da ! This time I got results.
What I did was work on a small area with the gun on low , never stop moving the flow, but stay in a small area until you see the surface change. The oils will rise to the top and shine then keep moving the gun to spread this effect over the whole area.It takes about 20-25 minutes to do a front fender.
As the plastic cools some of the shine goes away but, you can get most of it back with a good waxing.
The next time I went riding with my usual crew a couple of them asked if I'd gotten new plastic.The treatment is still holding up after a year.
Good deal. Thanks.
__________________
"It's not that I don't like people...I just find I am happier when they're not around"
chollo9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2013, 09:10 PM   #14
Young-Gun
KTM Tragic
 
Young-Gun's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2005
Location: Brisbane, AUS
Oddometer: 635
I've tried this and it works!

All you need:

- single sided razor blade that you can hold along the one edge
- Heat gun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJb5IPOx2l0
Young-Gun is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2013, 11:22 PM   #15
simmersonwheels
Asleep at Switch
 
simmersonwheels's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: Canuck Left Coast, Courtenay BC
Oddometer: 114
Wurth

I've been reconditioning bikes for years, worth cockpit silicone is a miracle on any black plastic. Faded signals, instruments, trim etc, maes it literally like new
simmersonwheels is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 11:12 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014