faded red plastic refurb - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods For maintaining, repair or modifications of Generation 1 KLR's. 2007 and earlier.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 Old 03-07-2018, 05:49 AM Thread Starter
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 27
faded red plastic refurb

Good day,

I am new to the forum and looking into buying a 2007 KLR 650 with 22000 km on the clock. Unfortunately the once nice red paint on the plastics has faded to a pinkish sort of color. Is there any way of refurbishing it as it looks like the plastic is not painted but solid red.

Thank you for the info.

Kind Regards

Lars
Lars Kessel is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 03-07-2018, 06:08 AM
Neutral
 
Andrew_mann's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 9
Hey mate I had the same issue when I bought my bike. If the plastic is chalky then you will need to sand it down a little. Ididthis with 320 grit with water and then 600 also with water.
From there you have a few options.
1. Heatgun - use a low heat and work it slowly over the plastic until it Ďwetsí the surface. Then once itís cooled go over it with a good cut and polish.
2. Go to a higher grit paper (800-1000) and then go to a cut and polish. You can also use a fine high quality steel wool.

I didnít spend too much time on mine because Iíll inevitably only just scratch them up but here a few picks.
Hope this helps.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg CED8D333-4577-438E-A79A-360AD08FB94F_1520424356447.jpg (36.0 KB, 29 views)
File Type: jpg AA0C7C9F-153E-4F75-9992-123BF282D620_1520424386814.jpg (399.6 KB, 34 views)
File Type: jpg A2D77287-FF66-4D24-A0C3-A9AAE0B4C9DF_1520424432218.jpg (515.5 KB, 31 views)
Andrew_mann is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 03-07-2018, 09:29 AM
4th Gear
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Kelowna, B.C.
Posts: 2,342
mine had the same issue though it was green, not red. A combination of heat gun, a couple new pces for parts that were really bad and some Factory Effex Clear did the job. Unlike other treatments, the clear is a permanent solution and greatly improves the look while protecting the plastic from further wear, scratches and degredation;



Dave
DPelletier is online now  
 
post #4 of 8 Old 03-07-2018, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 27
Thank you very much for the info. Seems to be doable. Both KLRs look stunning! Really looking forward now to get my hands on one. The bike is 1550 from Cape Town so it would be a nice trip to get her home.
Lars Kessel is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 05-06-2018, 12:07 AM
Neutral
 
Julian Bull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 7
If you can get hold of a product called Autoglym, made in England, you will find it has great restoration & protection properties...recently treated my 2005 KLR and great result.
Julian Bull is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 05-09-2018, 07:48 AM
2nd Gear
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: South of Charlotte, NC
Posts: 338
So does no one sell fairing and cowling kits? I would be more inclined to take risks with my bike if I know I could bolt on a new piece of plastic. I see some parts but for instance, the front cowling for 2014 seems illusive. Are there no OEM replacement plastic parts?
patroy75 is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 05-09-2018, 07:53 AM
2nd Gear
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: South of Charlotte, NC
Posts: 338
Nevermind, think I found em on Bike bandit
patroy75 is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 05-09-2018, 10:03 AM
4th Gear
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Kelowna, B.C.
Posts: 2,342
Until recently you could only get the plastic parts from Kawi (though many of the Gen1 parts are no longer available) Polisport has recently geared up to produce aftermarket Gen2 bits.

https://www.polisport.com/en/off-roa...id=258&idn=110
DPelletier is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Any help for already faded plastic? medford2 KLR FAQ's & Useful Links 17 03-13-2019 06:51 PM
faded red KLR650 --Valdosta GA b1pig You've been spotted 0 03-21-2013 09:53 PM
WD40 and faded plastic? theamazingspiderman KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion 7 07-06-2008 08:43 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may 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 Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome