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Dropped my wee in sand the other day. Scratched up the Hepco-Becker crash bars(Gloss black), broke R hand mirror and R hand guard and bent or torqued the brake pedal which now seems too high. Parts are on order. Question re painting the crash bars. Only the outside of the bars are scratched. Do I need to repaint the whole circumference or can I just paint the scratched part(and not have to remove the crash bars). What is the best procedure for painting the crash bars( ie prep, type of paint, technique). Also, how do I deal with the brake pedal. ---Thanks--Carl
 

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I'd remove the bars, scuff them good with some steel wool (cross-pattern), and spray them with truck bed liner. Durable, easily touched up, and looks the part.

Cheap, easy, done.
 

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I just lightly sand the damaged area, clean with some rubbing alcohol, put some paper or cardboard between the fairing/engine and the bars and hit it with Krylon from a rattle can--repeat as necessary :mrgreen:. Same for the plastics except I use the (I forgot the name) rattle can paint for plastics.
 

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Pull them off, scuff them up and shoot them with Rustoleum hammer tone paint in any color you choose. I've had good luck with that paint on truck bumper and tool boxes. Let the paint dry a full 48 hours befoer you put the bars back on. It's slow to dry.
 
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When I dropped mine I took it off and repainted with rustolem flat black and now unless I tell you I did you cant tell with out really looking hard. But I did do quit a bit of sanding b4 paint. Remember prep is everything when it comes to painting.

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Fusion by Krylor is good plastic paint. As stated preperationis the key. I like the idea of bed linner for the bars. I wish I had done mine with bed linner before installation. O well when th bike flop over will be time enough.
 

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Wear your scars proudly.
 

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Wear your scars proudly.

I got a set of used crash bars from the forum. With crash scars. I shoulda paid extra for the patina!
 

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I just use one of those small touch up paint bottles that you can find at any auto parts store.
 

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Clean, sand, rattlecan. Satin black works well. Use a piece of cardboard between the bars and the bike.

Perfect repair. DAMHIK
 

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Wear your scars proudly.

I got a set of used crash bars from the forum. With crash scars. I shoulda paid extra for the patina!
You could send me that "patina surcharge" and I will happily write a crash narrative which you can recite any time someone axes you about the aforementioned patina.
 

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Best way -- remove them and take them to a powder coating shop.

My way -- touch them up with a black felt tip marker.
 
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That's the name! Fusion, thanks.

Fusion by Krylor is good plastic paint. As stated preperationis the key. I like the idea of bed linner for the bars. I wish I had done mine with bed linner before installation. O well when th bike flop over will be time enough.
 

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Rustoleum has a hammer finish that would look pretty good, and is supposed to be very durable. I haven't found it in black yet, but there is a really dark brown.
 

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I took mine off, filed down the deep gouges, then wet sanded to smooth it back down to "pretty slick" , then rattle-canned it with flat black, to match the original finish.
Now I can't even find where the boo-boos were. :thumbup:

Wearing your rash with pride is ok, but these things start rusting... and that's just tacky... :mrgreen:
 

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Scratched mine up on a gravel driveway (don't ask.)

Ended up just cleaning with rubbing alcohol, let it dry.

Then cardboard behind and a real light touch up coat with truck bed liner, aerosol.

Looks as good as new, can't even see it.

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I did spray some first onto a piece of cardboard and let it dry to make sure it would be a good match.
 

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You gonna ride or you gonna bitch (choose one).
How dare you give my buddy Norm crap!!! Oh and he is right by the way, crash bars with a bit of a patina have done their job, so ride with pride.
 
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