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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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gas spill paint damage

Hey all, the P.O. of my bike got a little careless at the pump and overfilled the tank. My nice black tank has some clearcoat damage and was looking for some tips short of re-painting the tank. Right now the bike is stock with original paint, and I'm thinking about changing things up in the future, but for now I'm tired of looking at the one flaw. Any suggestions? Can take pics in the morning and post if it helps.

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The clearcoat should be gas resistant, but can fog up.

Before I tried anything else, I'd try buffing it with a paste wax and a cotton rag. Plastic polish works good too.

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Sounds like could be more than a fuel spill, clear coat is there for a reason, to stand up to harsh abuse, ie, fuel, sun, rain ect ect.

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I have found clear coat to be extremely fragile. It is much softer than the base coat. You can literally scratch it by touching it with a clean finger. Look at new bikes at the dealer. Most of them are already scratched all over. It shows a lot worse on dark colors. I painted the front fender on my Honda Rebel with just plain old Krylon, and it is a lot more scratch resistant than clear coat. Most likely trying to buff it will only make it worse. I suggest if you do get it repainted, that you not have it clear coated. The factory paint on my recently acquired '93 Chevy S-10 was a little faded in a few spots, buffing brought it right back, because I was able to remove the top layer of dead paint. You can't do that with clear coat. And clear coat definitely does not hold up to sunlight nearly as good as the color coat. Many late model cars around here have the clear coat mostly burned off and they look terrible. Look what happens to clear coated aluminum on bikes that have it. It quickly turns yellow, then brown, and starts coming off in spots.

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Have you tried any of the clear coat safe waxes...??? That would probably be my first go...
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You can try a clear coat wax, or also either Honda Spray Cleaner/Wax, or even Pledge furniture polish. But unlike faded paint, dull or cloudy clear coat cannot be polished out, due to it's softness. My gas tank has damage from just cleaning, and from the use of a tank bag. And I don't even wipe dirt off, I flush it off with a combination of Windex and distilled water, using a soft paint brush to remove the stuck on stuff. The use of distilled water to rinse it eliminates the need to wipe it dry, it will dry on it's own without any water spots. It has rarely been touched with a rag. As far as I can tell, there is no actual paint damage, the scratches are all in the clear coat. It would have looked a lot better had it never been clear coated


EDIT: Here is a picture of some very minor sun damage to clearcoat on a black car. I have seen it 10 times worse, and in a very short time. There is nothing that can be done about this other than repainting, and if you have clear coat, the finish should be stripped all the way down to the color coat before it is repainted. If you paint over peeling clear coat, the new paint will just come off too. Clear coat is one of the worst ideas they ever came up with for painting vehicles.

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OK, been a few days, but I finally got around to taking pics.

Here's the damage:


Here's what I used on it:


Buffed it with a microfiber pad for about 30 minutes and saw little to no change. Another forum I belong suggested wet/dry sanding with a superfine grit. Seems a little extreme to me, but I've got no other ideas. I may just live with it for the moment, because I may re-paint the bike at some point.

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