How to re-juvenate controls?


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How to re-juvenate controls?

Postby GillesGLW » Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:33 pm



Hi everyone,

This won't be a complicated thing, but still, pretty annoying. After 26 years of "good services", the controls on both sides of my handlebars are starting to disappear.
It's not a big issue as I know what each button is doing, but I would like to know if anyone found a way to make them look like on the first day :-)

I was considering buying new ones, but it's quite expensive....

Thanks,
Gilles



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Re: How to re-juvenate controls?

Postby bstig60 » Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:19 pm

I am assuming you mean buttons and controls have stopped working. I have found that using a good quality electronics contact cleaner will usually correct small contact problems with the eletronic contacts, the buttons if they stick, a little graphite lube will correct most problems. If this doesn't work, take them apart and clean them....
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Re: How to re-juvenate controls?

Postby Charlie1Horse » Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:16 am

Aside from cleaning them, I don't think there is any more you could do to try to make them look new again. You may find a good set on ebay but, as long as they are working properly I would leave them as they are. They are, after all, 26 years old and nothing lasts that long without showing quite a bit of wear.
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Re: How to re-juvenate controls?

Postby Happytrails » Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:30 am

Charlie1Horse wrote:Aside from cleaning them, I don't think there is any more you could do to try to make them look new again. You may find a good set on ebay but, as long as they are working properly I would leave them as they are. They are, after all, 26 years old and nothing lasts that long without showing quite a bit of wear.
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+1 There really isn't anything you can do to make them look new again other than clean them up but sounds like the lettering has worn off yours. You can maybe try to find something on Ebay but if its used will it be any better than what you have? Maybe if photos looks good and price is good it would be worth the gamble. And you have to weigh in the condition of your bike overall. Is it worth buying new OEM parts to spruce it up? Parts are still available amazingly for such old bikes as these. If your going to keep her then maybe its worth the money. I replaced certain parts that just "looked" bad on my bike like vents and trim. It wasn't much money and it made me feel better. The old parts had just been cooked from the sun and heat of the bike and just looked old. And I replaced a piece or two of chrome that was just too badly pitted. But some of the lightly pitted chrome I consider to be "patina" as they call it in the vintage world. Its your bike and money. If it makes you feel good then its worth it imho. :D
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Re: How to re-juvenate controls?

Postby RBGERSON » Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:17 am

1st clean with alcohol/solvent then dry and repaint with a very small brush or a toothpick..then seal with clearcoat or clean nail polish.
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Re: How to re-juvenate controls?

Postby GillesGLW » Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:43 am

Well I can still live with the worn off lettering, but I was looking for an easy way to get something clean as I'm trying to make the bike look as clean as possible.

Maybe ebay can help me, I need to search for that. But definitively there is no point spending thousand of $$$ for this minor thing.

I'm afraid that painting them myself will make them look very ugly!!! :-)

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Re: How to re-juvenate controls?

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:44 am

I have a box of crayons for this.
Rub your favorite color into the area.Wipe off the excess.It will leave the colored wax in the grooves.
Looks pretty darn good.Doesn't last forever but cheap.
Most of my buttons have the icon's scribed into the plastic.

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Re: How to re-juvenate controls?

Postby GillesGLW » Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:51 am

That's a brilliant idea!!!

What kind of pen do you use for that?

thanks!!!

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Re: How to re-juvenate controls?

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:05 pm

Top notch crayola crayons.

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Re: How to re-juvenate controls?

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:55 pm

I wonder if you could coat it with spray-on clear coat or maybe nail polish to keep the crayon from going away? I would try on a separate surface first, to make sure it didn't dissolve the crayon first or something like that.

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Re: How to re-juvenate controls?

Postby Happytrails » Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:59 pm

I've seen people carefully lay in paint with a small brush and then carefully come back with a cloth with thinner and wipe back the excess. YMMV with how indented the letters or symbol is and how good your technique is. :D
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Re: How to re-juvenate controls?

Postby MikeB » Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:07 pm

GillesGLW wrote:Hi everyone,

This won't be a complicated thing, but still, pretty annoying. After 26 years of "good services", the controls on both sides of my handlebars are starting to disappear.
It's not a big issue as I know what each button is doing, but I would like to know if anyone found a way to make them look like on the first day :-)

I was considering buying new ones, but it's quite expensive....

Thanks,
Gilles

What part of the controls are disappearing? There are ornament plates, such as part number 35133-MN5-000 which is the right control housing upper plate and part # 35134-MN5-000 which is the lower plate for the right side. They are not expensive. $2.86 for the upper and/or the lower. If it is the buttons themselves, you can clean and repaint letter journals with white enamel and carefully wipe the excess with mineral spirits and then clear over the cured paint. If you are talking ab out the decals on the controls, I don't see where they are procurable. They are not separately listed in the parts manual.


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