Have idea......should I try it?
Posted August 27, 2002 - 02:01 PM
Posted August 27, 2002 - 02:22 PM
Posted August 27, 2002 - 02:26 PM
[ August 27, 2002, 05:33 PM: Message edited by: diablo682 ]
Posted August 27, 2002 - 02:31 PM
So if they came out with scratch-proof plastics for your bike, you wouldnt buy them cuz you are such a high roller!!
[ August 27, 2002, 05:35 PM: Message edited by: diablo682 ]
Posted August 27, 2002 - 02:37 PM
Posted August 27, 2002 - 05:32 PM
I have used the Dupont stuff (I think it's dupont) anyways its 8 bucks a can, I got black, 16.5 oz per can. For somethings it worked for others it didn't.
I used it on the plastic frame gaurds, front and rear disc cover and the kickstand.
Worked EXCELLENT on the kickstand! Stuff won't come off, not wearing much either. Worked pretty good on the frame gaurds as well, but it chips off plastic easier.
Worked kina crappy on the front disc gaurd. It is cracking and flaking off in a few places. It WAS doing ok on the rear plastic disc gaurd, but then I shattered some of the gaurd off so the coating is now flaking.
Just make sure you use a really rough sand paper on the plastic/metal to get the surface nice and textured. Clean it with alchohol too (the rubbing kind!) On high impact parts (like the front disc cover) it will eventually start to flake.
I have found another product at ACE hardware, just a plain old "Rubberized Undercoating" that I bought and will try on the disc gaurd. It is alot more flexible, but will not hold up to scratches as good as bed liner. I'll see what happens with it.
Posted August 27, 2002 - 05:51 PM
Don't let one bad apple spoil the whole bunch (girl)!!** i.e. most of the TT'ers have enough tact and couth to keep from saying such absurdities.
**I am REALLY dating myself, but that is a Donnie Osmond tune >> Don't you think he call himself "Don" or "Dono" or something other than "Donnie" since he is mid to upper 40's?
Back to business. I too think it is worth a try. I JUST ordered new rad shrouds for my WR (white). When these bikes can be pricey to fix, ESPECIALLY COSMETICALLY, cheap is not only better, IT's SMARTER. Exception being maybe "Plastic Renew".
Please post your results. Many of us would benefit!
I have thought about some polishing compound and an electric polisher to see if I can clean up my tank prior to sticking on new graphics...???
Posted August 27, 2002 - 06:41 PM
I saw that stuff at the bike shop. Does it not work like the ad claims?
IT's SMARTER. Exception being maybe "Plastic Renew".
Posted August 28, 2002 - 02:27 AM
Posted August 28, 2002 - 12:12 PM
"Learn from others mistakes"
Posted August 28, 2002 - 06:53 PM
Posted August 29, 2002 - 01:00 AM
Posted August 29, 2002 - 02:13 AM
Posted August 29, 2002 - 04:47 AM
Posted August 29, 2002 - 07:40 PM
1)flexible bumper paint isn't tough enough (scratches easily)
2)metallic auto paint bonds much better than standard enamel or polyurethane
3)surface prep is VERY important: wet-or-dry sandpaper with final hosing with brake cleaner followed by HOT water rinsing works as well or better than any of the high $ professional surface prep agents. You need to get rid of the 'release agents' on the surface of the plastic. Sanding alone won't do this.
4)bed-liner and rubberized coatings don't adhere well and look crappy.
4)If you can tolerate eventual edge scratches/touch-ups, the MOST durable way is to use universal cut-to-fit 16mil background vinyl over your new paint. Go as close to the edges as possible. DO NOT wrap part-way around the edge! It WILL peel! I then put the numbers on and add a layer of clear vinyl. VERY TOUGH & DURABLE! Also makes the part stonger. If you have a heat gun (I'm too bald to own a hair dryer), and a razor and a lot of patience, you can actually wrap all the way around the edges too.
I have spent 2 years trying to find the magic paint. It ain't there. Hot vinyl coating..?
My son's all-black King Cobra 50cc rocket (with our own STRIKE EAGLE graphics) has seen more action and abuse in 2 seasons than my bike will likely ever see. It was originally yellow and purple (gag). Still looks great using the clear over black vinyl over paint approach.
I'd hate to think what I've spent "experimenting", but would try anything else you guys could swear by, I love customizing!...Meantime: UFO, Acerbis, Maier: BOO;HISS;Etc!!!! BAD BOYS AND THEIR TOYS WEAR BLACK!! WR's should look as mean as they sound!
Just did my side panels with some cool alloy (grey/silver/pewter) specialty resto paint which looks promising...
Posted August 30, 2002 - 12:46 AM