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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-27-2009, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Making black plastic neck covers look like new again

With spring here, everybody is cleaning and polishing the bike, or thinking about at least, getting ready to ride. I was looking at my right side neck cover, and recalled reading something last summer about making a sun faded or stained piece of black plastic look like new again. I haven`t tried it, but the suggestion was to spray some glossy black paint on the plastic, then immediately wipe it off with a rag or paper towel. It is supposed to come out looking like new. It sounds like a quick and easy fix, if a scrub brush , soap and elbow grease won`t clean it up.

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I am going to take them off and get heavy with the son of a gun stuff. Same with the radiator cover.

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Use Plasti-Kote paint, I've used it on other plastics and it does work. Haven't tried it on the bike yet.

Here's a link to Trim Black that probably would work great for this application.

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With spring here, everybody is cleaning and polishing the bike, or thinking about at least, getting ready to ride. I was looking at my right side neck cover, and recalled reading something last summer about making a sun faded or stained piece of black plastic look like new again. I haven`t tried it, but the suggestion was to spray some glossy black paint on the plastic, then immediately wipe it off with a rag or paper towel. It is supposed to come out looking like new. It sounds like a quick and easy fix, if a scrub brush , soap and elbow grease won`t clean it up.
Clean with laquer thinner on a rag and spray with Krylon Fusion semi-gloss Plastic paint. They will look like new and after 7 days the paint will be chip resistant. Great Stuff!!


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I just wipe mine down with furniture polish,( lemon plege )It retains the origonal look and doesn't turn the black plastic pieces off white like some auto products I've tried.
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It has also been suggested to soak them in oil overnight. Wipe them off and they look nice again. (clean engine oil , not dirty oil)

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I used armor all wipes on my neck covers and radiator cover. Both still look great. So if anyone wants theirs to look great with no work, send me $15 plus shipping and I'll send you mine...

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Armor-All then scrubbed with a nylon brush, (like a toothbrush) works well.
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As KM mentioned. I have soaked mine in oil. I even used the dirty oil from an oil change though.
Let it sit in the oil for about an hour, then hang the part over the pan to let the oil drip off overnight. Wipe clean and it looks like new.
Theory behind it is that plastic is a petroleum product so giving it the oil shot is like 'replenishing' it.

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