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10-28-2019 11:13 AM
DPelletier Anything topical is temporary at best. I've posted the solution to everyone's problems; FactoryEffex clear numberplate background. https://www.motosport.com/factory-ef...kground-sheets
10-27-2019 10:36 PM
Damocles Good luck!

Seems rather contradictory, but . . . my "ebony" Generation 1 side cases have FADED! (How can black fade?) Their color, now, is more-or-less grey-green.

I've tried numerous cleaners/polishers/etc., but . . . no help!

Full disclosure: I've NOT tried motor oil. Even if the oil makes 'em shine, not much improvement over the ghastly color. And . . . I'd think the oil a very short-lived expedient.

Again, good luck and I hope solution is found and shared.
10-27-2019 08:34 PM
Originally Posted by Green Bastard View Post
Your used oil is the best material to make your side panels shine.
I'll bet that attracts plenty of dust.
10-27-2019 07:40 PM
Green Bastard Your used oil is the best material to make your side panels shine.
05-17-2018 11:32 AM
DPelletier 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.

05-17-2018 10:51 AM
CJK 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.
11-21-2014 05:49 PM
Tom Schmitz 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.

11-21-2014 05:13 PM
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.

Thanks for looking Lon

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