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post #1 of 20 Old 04-21-2010, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Black plastics need some love

I have an '02 Vee that I picked up used and some of the black plastics look a bit faded from use, sun, etc. The Givi trunk had the same pale complection and I used some Tire Wet stuff (kinda an experiment)... the trunk looks like new but is kinda slick and it has only been treated for the past couple weeks.
Long story short... was wondering if anybody knows of a good plastic rejuvenator that won't speed up the demise of the plastic and will help them look better for more than a few minute? I understand that I may need to just pony up for new plastics or just get over my vanity issue... but figures I'd check.
My bike is the grey model... not much black plastic, but enough.


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post #2 of 20 Old 04-21-2010, 01:30 PM
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I have been using Turtle Wax F21 on my black pastics. Does a nice job cleaning, and restoring the "blackness". It also leaves behind a non greasy, non sticky film that protects the plastic from UV.
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post #3 of 20 Old 04-21-2010, 01:45 PM
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Turtle Wax Ice

TurtleWax Ice is a great product for exactly what you describe. Does not leave residue, does not get slick like Armorall or tire-wet type products, and gives a very natural rejuvenated look. This product also works great on almost any surface of your bike; paint, plastic, metal, whatever.

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[SIZE="1"]Orange K9 Wee - Givi guards and screen, Zuk hand-guards, Madstad, Rick's fork brace, Shad topcase, Sargent seat, Rox risers, Vessel luggage bracket and sheepskin, Tuono Mirrors, CL-850 bags, Wolo horn, Powerlet.
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Funny, was out with a bud last night, who has an 89 Gixxer....he was showing me his nice shiny black plastic bits, that used to be totally chalked out....he rubbed oil on them, and they looked like new.

I beleive he used a 3 in 1 oil, and a rag, and there was no "sheen" or residue, they just looked like new.

He mentioned something about the plastic being petroleum based when manufactured, and the oil just becoming part of the finish.....first I had heard or seen myself.

He used it on all his black bits, including controls on the bars, signal lights, airbox covers, chainguard, I was quite surprised how well it looked, compared to what it was before, which was total crap.
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I was talking to the Givi representative at Bike Week while they were installing my new top case. I mentioned using a plastic protector and he said Givi does not recommend it. He said it "bleeds" the color from the plastic.

Having said that: I've been using Mother's Protectant for years on the side bags and other Vee plastics. I think it looks great, and plan to continue using it.

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post #7 of 20 Old 04-21-2010, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks folks! I'm impressed with the range of ideas thrown out there... you folks are full of good stuff (and if you're anything like me, that's not all you're full of):mrgreen:
But really... thanks.

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post #8 of 20 Old 04-21-2010, 02:12 PM
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+1 on Turtle Wax Ice. Perfect for everything and especially the various black surfaces. No streaking or slickness and provides an excellent natural-looking restored shine, not fake looking or schmutzy at all. Far better than Armor All or the other tire polishes...pfffft. I'm an old-school hand-rubbed Carnuba wax guy for my vehicles and hate the newfangled greasy polytechnicalfutz liquids but damn, that is some good stuff MAYNARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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post #9 of 20 Old 04-21-2010, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by ozart View Post
+1 for Mother's Back to Black.Works great.

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post #10 of 20 Old 04-21-2010, 10:20 PM
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Anyone know if these products are OK for flat black parts or will they turn them into glossy black parts?

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