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post #1 of 10 Old 07-31-2014, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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long ago I read on one of the forums about being able to restore severely faded plastic. I have an '06 in red (you know, the fast one that all the women like!) and the plastic is faded to the point that my social life is non-existant. (though I'm fully aware that could be other problems ) Anyone out there find something that works well?
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Do a Google search and you should come up with something.

Best results I am aware of is to gently heat the plastic with a heat gun.

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What worked great for me was wet sanding with 2000 grit sandpaper. Guess what takes off many years of hard water stains on auto glass? You guessed it! I tried EVERYTHING from vinegar and newspaper to CLR to Lime away to actual products made to remove "plaque". Nothing worked. A little elbow grease, water, and 2000grit and they sparkle like new!
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long ago I read on one of the forums about being able to restore severely faded plastic. I have an '06 in red (you know, the fast one that all the women like!) and the plastic is faded to the point that my social life is non-existant. (though I'm fully aware that could be other problems ) Anyone out there find something that works well?
But the hot pink it fades to is so f'in SWEET!

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Dont waste your time with a heat gun ...far too easy to stuff it up and start damaging your surface. Get some 1000 grit wet and dry sand paper and start sanding then go to 1200 then 1500. Take your time and dont go too hard. When you have it smooth get some BOILED Lindseed oil and mix it with some paint thinner 70/30 oil to thinner. It must be Boiled Lindseed oil. Take a clean rag and wipe it on the plastic, be generous and let it sit for 10 -15 minutes then wipe off with another clean rag. This works exceptionally well, give it a test on a small section if you are worried. Let me know how you get on.
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thanks for the replys, I'll try the sandpaper trick and let you know, and yes, the faded pink is quite erotic, at least that's what all the women are telling me. (or wait! was that Neurotic?)
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thanks for the replys, I'll try the sandpaper trick and let you know, and yes, the faded pink is quite erotic, at least that's what all the women are telling me. (or wait! was that Neurotic?)
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I have a 2006 that also suffered from fading. My wife was embarrassed for me to ride a pink motorcycle. I have a neighbor who is a painter at a body shop. He told me to take off all the plastics ( easy enough) and he would paint them. I taped the decals and gave him the plastics to paint. When he brought them back I couldn't believe how like new they looked. He did a fantastic job. He said they have a primer that helps the paint stick to plastic and they also have an additive that gives the paint more flexibility. I did this last May and the bike still looks like new. It's been through all types of weather too. Find a body shop painter that knows what he's doing and before you know it you'll have a new looking bike. It only cost me $125 to get the job done. A lot easier than sanding.
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Spray paint them, it'll cost ya about $20 and give you something to do on a chill weekend.

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In the words of a mechanic I work with..."In order to fix the problem, you must first understand the problem" (Everytime I am about to lay a wrench to something, he stands behind me and repeats that!) One day he is going to realize, he's the problem but I digress....
In this case it would seem that unlike automotive paint, the plastic is moulded in color on the KLR. Therefore I assume the fading is the color breaking down from UV and the plastic turning back to it's natural color - white. I'm thinking the only way to renew the color is to remove enough of the outer layers to expose the color again (as noted above) or apply a coat of paint (or other covering) over the plastic, but I'm not sure how it would stand up over time to the flexing that plastic is subject too.
As somebody else mentioned, I'm getting used to it slowly turning pink. Real men after all can wear pink! Right?

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