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Remove slight scratches on gas tank?

I just noticed some slight scratches on the gas tank - perhaps from these old legs when mounting and dismounting (dragging my jeans?). Any suggestions as to the best way to remove them? And please don't laugh when I ask this - and this isn't a flashback from the 60's* but I once heard that corn starch can be used to remove scratches. Anybody?? Thank you in advance.

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I'll tell you the trick that car lots use. I used to worked for clayton motors here in K-town and hated all the different waxes and polishes. By the way cornstarch is what my grandma said to use to wash hair LOL But you can buy car polish or wax that is color coded and it covers up the scratches. Or just buy some touch up paint the color of your tank. Those would be the easiest way to do it. At least for me.

There may be other suggestions but for that I will leave it up to the group here to figure out. They do have some great ideas! Good people I say! Don't you agree?

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Very light scratches can be made invisable with a good wax. I like McGuires Deep Crystal. Once the paint is scratched you can't actualy remove them without buffing them out and repainting or re-clear coating.

I have used cream plastic polish with some success in blending out the very fine swirl marks and scratches, and topped off with the wax they disapear. But you are not going to get rid of them, just camoflage em...

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If you are careful, and the scratches are surface only, not deep, rub with 'red' rubbing compound with a damp cotton cloth. This will dull the finish, but not to worry. Go slow so you don't cut into the paint! if your cloth picks up the color of the tank, stop!

Buff with 'white' polishing compound, again with a damp cloth. Continue until the finish is clear. Never use a dry cloth with this process.

Last step is to buff to a high gloss using your favorite wax and a damp cloth. Give it several coats as the previous steps stripped all the old wax off. The more you wax with a damp cloth, the deeper the shine.

I also recommend the McGuires products and use them myself. I don't like the colored waxes as they don't leave a high gloss clear finish, it's cloudy or muddy looking to me.

I'm restoring my 77 XS650 but I'm not repainting the tank or side covers. After doing the above process, the tank looks like a mirror after 31 years. I don't mind the look of normal wear and tear so I don't try to fill in deep scratches with paint or worse, colored filler (looks like an oil pastel).

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I don't like the colored waxes as they don't leave a high gloss clear finish, it's cloudy or muddy looking to me.

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Your right. The cheaper coded waxes do leave a dull shine but there is also a product I used (can't remember the name right off) that was a coded paint sealer that was expensive I used on the cars and if buffed properly it looked as if it had a new paint job. I'm sure that is hard to find in the parts stores though.

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3M's fill and glaze does wonders for fine scratches. You can purchase it at most auto paint sellers. I use Sniders paint guard on my tank sides. 3 years and no scratches after it was put on, I found it because the paint is so soft and my jeans left marks on the sides.

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And please don't laugh when I ask this - and this isn't a flashback from the 60's* but I once heard that corn starch can be used to remove scratches.
I believe Dianna was or did use corn starch for blasting the paint off of plastic parts, but can't say I've heard of it for removing scratches??
Might work though, if mixed as a paste?


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As does Bon Ami - great stuff when used as a paste. Great on chrome and aluminum cases.

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Cornstarch update - scratch removal

First, thank you for the different suggestions as to what you have found works for you. While it may be good to use when washing your hair, as liljd's grandma suggested, cornstarch is also good for scratch removal - see the following link: http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/tec...tip/index.html. Since my wife has it in the cupboard, I'll give it a try.

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