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post #1 of 9 Old 01-10-2011, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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How to remove scratches in headlight

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I just bought my slightly used Wee Strom and the PO (poor guy) had to "hide" the bike in his storage shed so the condo nazis where he lived wouldn't complain that he was breaking the condo association rules - S. Fl - go figure.

Storing it in the shed he managed to put some pretty nasty scratches on the starboard side of the headlamp, and they continue to/thru the black plastic separating the two headlights.

I'd be interested in suggestions on the best way to correct/minimize them. I'm aware of products for "light scratches" and, although willing to give them a try, I'm kinda thinkin they aren't going to work on these.

I'm including a photo but not sure if they actually show the severity.

I am somewhat proficient in using wet lapping film to polish fiber optics but would love to tap the collective knowledge base of this forum before I do something stupid.

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-10-2011, 07:27 PM
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If those scratches are a deep as they look, I think you might have to live with them. The company I work for (Permatex) sells a headlight restoration kit for yellowed or lightly scratched headlights. It uses wet sandpaper and a plastic polish to remove the fine scratches left by the sandpaper. I don't think this will work because you would have to sand a lot to get them out and it might end up doing more damage than good.

My only suggestion would be to get a plastic polish from a local auto parts store and use a polisher (air or electric) and see if it will make it any better. I have heard that people have used toothpaste to remove some of the yellow from their car headlights. Might be worth a try. We all have toothpaste after all or at least I hope everyone has.

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The plastic lenses have a harder plastic coating. Get aggressive and it will be worse. The fairing is painted and clear coated. Be very careful not to penetrate the clear coat.

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The only way I've been able to fix deep scratches or yellowed headlight plastic is to replace it. The cheap fixes don't work.

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post #5 of 9 Old 01-23-2011, 11:35 AM
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I'd be interested in suggestions on the best way to correct/minimize them. I'm aware of products for "light scratches" and, although willing to give them a try, I'm kinda thinkin they aren't going to work on these.


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Personally I wouldn't try a cheap fix on the bike, a car is something different. Look for bone yards and see if there's a wrecked strom somewhere, or ask you insurance agent where wrecks are brought, the insurance company could do a specific make and model search probably, saving you time and frusteration.

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post #6 of 9 Old 01-23-2011, 05:23 PM
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I've removed scratches from a scooter headlight (bumped it against the table saw) using a cotton felt polishing bob and plastic buffing compound with a dremel at low speed. Don't try to buff the scratch out. Just get it smoother and try to blend it in with the surrounding plastic. As far as the painted area is concerned, either replace it, or get used to considering it "Adventure Motorcycle Patina"
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-23-2011, 05:36 PM
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Check out this post...you might be able to mask (no pun intended) the damage with these products
https://www.stromtrooper.com/group-bu...ght-masks.html

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post #9 of 9 Old 01-24-2011, 09:26 AM
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If your going to hide stuff and give it character, go wit a gaurd from Vstroma
Picture is not of my bike,

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