GL1000 Plastics restoration


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GL1000 Plastics restoration

Post by CamBam » Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:42 pm



I have a 76' GL1000 that im trying to restore. One key part of making the bike look great is the plastics. Currently, I am a novice when it comes to plastics. I want to try and keep this cheap and effective. Is there any paint I can use on the plastics that will look good? If so, what color? I dont want to have to buy new plastics. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks



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Re: GL1000 Plastics restoration

Post by flash2002 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:56 pm

Actually, I painted one of my bikes with Dupli-Color engine enamel and it turn out very nice. If you use this paint, make sure your parts are clean and use a good coat of primer and let it dry a few hours before you paint. What I did was paint 2 or 3 light coats of paint
( tacky between coats ) enough to cover then, spray a few coats of clear and let it dry , I left it for a few days. For the color, that's up to you.

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Re: GL1000 Plastics restoration

Post by CamBam » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:54 pm

Alright thank you so much.

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Re: GL1000 Plastics restoration

Post by warhead_71 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:09 pm

I've also seen people use 3M vinyl wrap to cover bikes/cars. Look it up on Youtube... hundreds of colors and patterns available. All you need is a squeegee, razor, and heat gun. Looks pretty damn good if you take your time and do a neat job.
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Re: GL1000 Plastics restoration

Post by SnoBrdr » Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:11 am

CamBam wrote:
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:42 pm
I have a 76' GL1000 that im trying to restore. One key part of making the bike look great is the plastics. Currently, I am a novice when it comes to plastics. I want to try and keep this cheap and effective. Is there any paint I can use on the plastics that will look good? If so, what color? I dont want to have to buy new plastics. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks
I've done a few with rattle can paint.

It's all in the prep and taking your time.

Multiple coats, waiting the required time in between, sanding, etc.

It's all in the prep.

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Re: GL1000 Plastics restoration

Post by cfairweather » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:44 am

Others have given you some advice on the paint but you probably have cracks that need to be repaired too. For the cracks or other plastic repairs try using Plast-Aid. This stuff is amazing and it can even be used to make plastic parts. The repair will make your side cover like new.
https://www.plast-aid.com/

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Re: GL1000 Plastics restoration

Post by RBGERSON » Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:34 am

Goldwing tins are not made of plastic..but ABS, using plastic repair kits down't work well..using ABS plumbers cement, the black stuff, works a is permanent..it is a chemical bond. Then dried and sanded for paint.
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Re: GL1000 Plastics restoration

Post by cfairweather » Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:46 am

I know the side covers are made out of ABS plastic and Plast-Aid bonds to this material. Try it before you criticize it, you should try it for yourself. I have repaired many side covers with Plast-Aid and it works very, very good.

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Re: GL1000 Plastics restoration

Post by RBGERSON » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:37 pm

I didn't criticize just stated that Gl's not plastic but ABS and ABS CEMENT used to repair is the best, but not the only choice. Maybe I should have said 'don't work as well' 8-) 8-)

PS it "works very very" well. would be correct. ;)
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Re: GL1000 Plastics restoration

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:52 pm

Plast-Aid is a good product, and it works fairly well. However, it is extremely hard and strong when it is cured, unlike ABS, which is relatively soft and fairly flexible. It also heats and expands at a different rate than ABS.

Without question the best way to effect repairs on ABS bodywork is by using more ABS, and ABS cement (MEK). Bonding the new plastic to the old makes the two pieces of ABS (old and new) chemically the same piece - it's not two pieces of plastic glued together, it chemically melts the two pieces into one new, thicker, stronger piece of ABS.

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Re: GL1000 Plastics restoration

Post by RBGERSON » Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:35 am

+1..couldn't have said it better.. :lol:
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Re: GL1000 Plastics restoration

Post by Corkster52 » Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:08 am

WingAdmin » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:52 pm

Without question the best way to effect repairs on ABS bodywork is by using more ABS, and ABS cement (MEK). Bonding the new plastic to the old makes the two pieces of ABS (old and new) chemically the same piece - it's not two pieces of plastic glued together, it chemically melts the two pieces into one new, thicker, stronger piece of ABS.
WingAdmin speaks the undoubted truth IMO. There are a number of products, Plast-Aid, JB Weld, Super Glue, etc. that will hold things together, but if the components being joined are dissimilar, and if the any part of them needs to flex at all, they will fail!

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Re: GL1000 Plastics restoration

Post by SnoBrdr » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:44 am

Corkster52 wrote:
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:08 am
WingAdmin » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:52 pm

Without question the best way to effect repairs on ABS bodywork is by using more ABS, and ABS cement (MEK). Bonding the new plastic to the old makes the two pieces of ABS (old and new) chemically the same piece - it's not two pieces of plastic glued together, it chemically melts the two pieces into one new, thicker, stronger piece of ABS.
WingAdmin speaks the undoubted truth IMO. There are a number of products, Plast-Aid, JB Weld, Super Glue, etc. that will hold things together, but if the components being joined are dissimilar, and if the any part of them needs to flex at all, they will fail!
I bought a 2nd set of plastics for my bike.

It appears that the PO filled in the pin holes for the crests with bondo or some type of what looks like body filler.

I've had them for several years and it appears to have worked well



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