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post #1 of 21 Old 03-12-2012, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Touch-up paint (or large tank protector) for 2012 DL650 tank?

I got around to removing the ugly warning stickers from my bike yesterday. Unfortunately even with a hair dryer the stickers on the tank were a huge gummy mess to remove. I tried Goo-Gone but it didn't do anything at all for me. I used soap and hot water and a sponge... Then at some point while in the act of repeatedly dropping the sponge into the bucket and squeezing it out before rubbing, I rubbed the tank with the scouring side of the sponge (I only have the "Scotch Brite" types of sponges) and have a nice haze of circular scratches where the warning stickers were

I've covered it up with a carbon fiber Pro Grip tank protector:



but there are still grayish scratch patterns to be seen between the "spikes".

Any suggestions? Is there a larger tank protector out there than this one, or is there some kind of touch up paint marker I could use? (If desperate I will remove and re-apply the Pro Grip protector after laying down a bed of black tape, but that's a move of last resort.)
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It's too late now, but a cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol or Naptha and applied to the glue for a minute will dissolve it. Goo-Gone might have worked too if given application time instead of rubbing. If you haven't scratched through the clear coat, rubbing compound will take out the scratches.

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Thanks GW. It looks like removing the Pro-Grip Tank Protector would be just as a big of a pain or worse as removing the OEM warning stickers, so I'll try to get some Turtle Wax compound through the edges of the Pro-Grip :P
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It's too late now, but a cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol or Naptha and applied to the glue for a minute will dissolve it. Goo-Gone might have worked too if given application time instead of rubbing. If you haven't scratched through the clear coat, rubbing compound will take out the scratches.
I think rob was referring to the middle of the tank, not the side panels. As far as I know, there's no clear coat on that middle part of the tank.
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I'm sure it's painted. If it's clear coated, rubbing compound will not lift color. If color starts to show, the clear coat is penetrated.

If not clear coated, the compound will show color immediately and care must be taken to not penetrate the color coat.

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That area doesn't look clear coated to me, and it scratches very easily.

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post #7 of 21 Old 09-20-2012, 11:06 AM
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Tank protector

My stickers came off alright but I made my own tank protector. It's 3M black reflective only because that's what matched the best in the daylight. I cut it on the vinyl cutter I have at work. I could easily make them out of any color or even clear for that matter. I didn't think about just using clear until after I was done. It protects a much larger area than most of the available protectors out there.


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post #8 of 21 Old 09-20-2012, 11:22 AM
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I would be interested in a clear and possibly slightly larger one. Im thinking this could help protect the paint with a magnetic tank bag?

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Looks good Ride 365- so in other words, are you offering to make some of these for forum members? :wink5:

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A tech Spec (techspec.com I think) center piece would cover over this and look good too. You can get them in a kit with the side pieces. I've got them on a couple of bikes and like them. I will add to the Orange Blossom Special soon.

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