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post #1 of 14 Old 03-29-2012, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Folks,

I was wondering if somebody could offer me some advice.

I had to lend my new bike to my Brother who scraped the black plastic part of my original fitment Suzuki panniers on the garage wall whilst putting the bike to bed.

Whatís the best way to get the scratches out??

My initial thoughts are to rub them down with wet & dry paper starting with a coarse grit, going down to a fine grit. Once the scratches are removed, Iíll be left with a smooth shiny finish, I was then going to bead blast this to replicate the original textured finish??

Does anybody have any other ideas??

In the UK we also have companies such as ďDentmasterĒ or ďChipsawayĒ who offer a mobile body repair service. They work from a van and repair stone chips, bumper scrapes and alloy wheel curb scuffs. Maybe they could repair it??

I know it sounds a bit anal, wanting to repair it, but Iíve only just bought the bike, itís only got 850 miles on it, and itís a minter.
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-29-2012, 08:45 AM
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'Twas a minter.

I've had good results using Novus plastic polish. No guarantee that it is best suited for your purposes, however. Perhaps dear Brother will offer to purchase the polish kit for you.

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If they are shiny thermoplastic it is surprising that heat sufficient to melt the plastic will bring back a sheen.

Like a dirt bike fender

The scratches have to be light and you need to practice but can be done with a propane torch

Back in the day we used virgins urine but where you going to find that today
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Buy a new bag, then sell the scratched one. Probably cheaper than calling in Dentmaster or whatever. Some people consider a scratch to be a good thing, but i understand your issues with a brand new bike.

Tell your brother he can't ride it anymore too. lol.
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I dont think I would even notice a scratch in the plastic. I scratched the crap out of my new givi cases after I got them and hadnt even left the garage. Oh well, its a bike.

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I dont think I would even notice a scratch in the plastic. I scratched the crap out of my new givi cases after I got them and hadnt even left the garage. Oh well, its a bike.
Sort of what I was thinking... unless you ride around in felt-covered boots, they're going to get scratched to hell very, very soon anyway.

Get a reflective sticker to put over the scratch?

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I know it sounds a bit anal, wanting to repair it, but Iíve only just bought the bike, itís only got 850 miles on it, and itís a minter.
Invite your brother over, have a few pints then kick it over in the driveway...

get it over with might as well scratch it early...

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Get a reflective sticker to put over the scratch?
That's a great idea, I hadn't thought of that....Cheers Mate
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That's a great idea, I hadn't thought of that....Cheers Mate
yeah thats a good one too, so invite your brother over.... have some pints, then put on the sticker....

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Invite your brother over, have a few pints then kick it over in the driveway...

get it over with might as well scratch it early...
Haha, nothing like just ripping the bandaid right off, haha. Good advice - Ill second that.
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