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post #1 of 4 Old 11-21-2014, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Polishing KLR side covers

Can anyone tell me how to polish ebony side covers. The previous owner had bags across the side covers and they are really dull, but no big pits. I have used meguiars and also a heat gun and they are pretty good. But now I would like to polish them. Any suggestions.

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-21-2014, 04:49 PM
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More heat.

The side covers are HDPE, which is a low surface energy plastic. Nothing sticks to them and they are soft and gummy. They are not hard enough to polish with an abrasive polish. Abrasive polishing will get them pretty much up to a dull finish, but not beyond.

If, by heat gun, you mean 'hair dryer' you are not getting enough heat. You need an industrial heat gun or a propane torch with a flame spreader.

Of course, you also need a pair of Size 12 Polished Brass Balls to take that much heat to your side panels, as it is really easy to have it get out of hand and melt or burn them.

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Someone told me to use Lemon Pledge on plastics to clean and shine....might want to do a test area first but I heard it from 2 instructors at my motorcycle maintenance course.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-17-2018, 10:32 AM
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clean them up and put clear protective film over top. Factory Effex numberplate background comes in clear and is thick and durable - it's the only way to have a consistent high gloss finish on old side covers that lasts....at least the only one I've found.

There is clear over the black on these and also on the front of the sideplate and the front of the headlight shroud.



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