Sun affected plastic

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Sun affected plastic

Postby redial » Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:06 am

As our GWs get a little older, and the sun and cold take their toll and wear on the plastic bits, what do you use to rehabilitate the plastic and keep them from going milky. Us folks in the Far South have trouble with lots of sun on our machines, and I am wondering what the Northerners use?

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Re: Sun affected plastic

Postby TennX » Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:56 am

I cant help, but have a similar problem part of my trunk and left saddle bag is a nice metallic orange, either it was swapped out or the candy red spectra faded....good luck

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Re: Sun affected plastic

Postby thrasherg » Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:28 pm

I have not tried it, but have seen many posts stating that you need to place the plastic panel in very hot water and leave them in it for 30 minutes, apparently this makes the plastic far less brittle and does not damage the painted surfaces.. It seems worth a go if you have any old plastic panels.


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Re: Sun affected plastic

Postby robb » Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:48 pm

Vinyl top dressing, allow to dry and buff with clean rag.

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Re: Sun affected plastic

Postby Kiwi2 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:34 am

Polish the bike regularly with a good quality polish and it should stay as good as new.

The polish acts as a protecter. In NZ the ozone hole is getting bigger by the year and we have not had any problems with panels going milky.

It is possible that the lacquer type covering that is put over the paint when it is first painted may be lifting.

Mind you I could be wrong as I have been told so twice this year.

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