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post #1 of 22 Old 04-22-2016, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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Tank skins paint protection?

What are you using?

I've noticed I can't seem to keep enough wax on my tank sides and it's only a matter of time before they get all scratched up. My bike is black so it shows all the scuffs, and scratches.

What have you done to save the paint?
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What are you using?



I've noticed I can't seem to keep enough wax on my tank sides and it's only a matter of time before they get all scratched up. My bike is black so it shows all the scuffs, and scratches.



What have you done to save the paint?


You can get Tech Spec tank pads which cover about 75% of the sides. They also make OEM side tank covers that look good. You have to order from the UK though. I did and it was quick n easy. Here's the link to the UK Suzuki parts. They have them in black n clear. https://www.suzuki-gb.co.uk/motorcyc...tection-black/
Just found this too...https://www.suzuki-gb.co.uk/motorcyc...otection-film/

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Hans you are right, Ive got a magnetic bag and struggle to keep the interface clean. Been using finish line quality auto wax but doesn't do much. that film application is pretty pricey! Mine is gloss black also.
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I have tech spec gripster tank pads. They work very well at keeping you seated, and help reduce wrist strain as you hold better posture by squeezing you legs on the tank.

I then masked off the area around the tank pads and sprayed it with the aerosol version of 3M Paint Defender for added protection. Hard to spray it perfectly so it turned out a little orange peelish but it is removable.
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"What have you done to save the paint?"

I was so worried about my ADV Wee getting sullied, I sprayed canned it Tan. Now I don't worry and I'm happy!
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I have the oem tank decals. they fit perfect. a bit expensive, but they look great


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It seems a shame to have all the nice shiny paint covered up. Maybe just let it get scratched and repaint every 5 years or something.
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Another vote for the Tech Spec pads. Got them mainly to protect the paint and was pleasantly surprised at how great they are for keeping you planted on the bike while braking, accelerating, turning, etc. I really miss them when riding a bike without them.

If you're not interested in gripping and don't want to cover up the color, you can get 3M clear sheets they use to protect paint on cars. Ebay search for "3M clear paint protection film" will turn up many options.

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I installed clear 3m film that is laser cut for my exact tank. A company called tankslapper.com I have installed them on quite a few bikes. easy to apply and almost invisible.

just give it a little gas, it will be ok !!!
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I just checked, your guy may be out of business. My browser returned "the domain tankslapper.com is for sale..."

Either he has a new site, didn't pay his web bills, or is gone.

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I installed clear 3m film that is laser cut for my exact tank. A company called tankslapper.com I have installed them on quite a few bikes. easy to apply and almost invisible.
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