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I must admit that I kinda missed all of you YAMAHA FREAKS this weekend /images/icons/tongue.gif. Nothing new here, the weather was horrible this weekend but it's looking very promising towards the end of this week. Got a damn nasty deep/long scratch on my new baby 6 /images/icons/frown.gif I am so ashamed. After alot of pampering and some gentle cleaning, plus several apologies, I am pretty sure he has forgiven me. A stupid mistake that will be a lesson learned /images/icons/crazy.gif so any advice on buffing out scratches would be appreciated. I am also set to put my IRP frame sliders on this week and was wondering if there is something that I can put on the left side, other then the frame slider, that will help protect the plastic and pegs in the case of a go down. I am putting a clutch slider on but the left side just looks so..vulnerable /images/icons/smile.gif Also how long are swingarm sliders? I thought about just wrapping the entire bike in bubble wrap, can you imagine the sound that would make sliding down the pavement/images/icons/wink.gif
Hope everyone had a nice weekend, despite the lack of esportbike to indulge our senses. WELCOME BACK and I am damn glad to have esportbike again.

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Jen


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Pssssst.....38 views and no one can help a girl out?/images/icons/wink.gif


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Jen, how bad are the scratches? Is it just a clear coat scratch or does it go all the way through? How did it happen?

I've had a couple of scratches I've put on the tank from my zipper every once in a while. They've only been surface (clearcoat) scratches. There's a couple of ways to handle them, but it all depends how bad they are.

Let me know, I'm sure I can help.


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Use a STICKER to cover it up :-D
Use one on each side so it looks like
it should be there. :p
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There are a lot of good polishes and scratch removers that you can pickup from AutoZone or Pepboys. Start off with something mild like Meguires polish. Go from there... if you can get your hands on an orbital buffer, that may help in combination with the polish. Use the orbital buffer only on the tank.
 

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When I say "Damn nasty scratch" I'm in no way joking. It starts at the front of my lower left fairing (in front of the Yamaha decal) and trails back, cutting through the center of the decal to the back of the fairing /images/icons/frown.gif It's through the clear coat and into the plastic. Needless to say, I shed a tear when it happened. I'm kinda ashamed to say how it got there but......I pulled up alongside a concrete curve in a parking lot and didn't realize or see that it had, what I think was, a piece of something metal(rebar?)sticking out of it which caught on my fairing. By the time I got my bike stopped, it was to late. You can't really see it that much because it's so low but I would like to do what I can to repair it. Any suggestions????

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mcbride61,

I don't think anyone makes a sticker that long /images/icons/smile.gif
Thanks for the idea though. I am gonna need a new Yamaha sticker for my fairing since the one on there has been cut in half.

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LateSleeper,

Will this work for plastic fairings also???

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my bike is scratched up through clear coat, i plan on repairing it once the semester is over...but i still want to ride my bike so you know what that means.....goin squidly streetfighter for a while while i prep the plastics...it's gonna look awful, but i'd rather ride than leave my baby in the garage....even if it is a honda:)

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Wow Jen that sounds aweful! /images/icons/shocked.gif
Well since the scratch is down to the plastic there's not much you can do to it. Except repaint it, replace it, or cover it up.

It sounds like you ripped through the Yamaha sticker at the bottom, no big deal to replace if you want. When you have a scratch that deep sometimes the easiest thing to do is replace the fairing. A body shop might have to fill and sand the scratch, then find the factory paint to match. That might cost more then a new fairing. Try looking on Ebay for one too. If you do decide to have it painted, try this site for the factory paint http://www.colorrite.com. I've used their Yamaha blue before and it's a perfect match.

Another thing you could do is cover it up. I know http://www.tricktape.com has 1 inch and 2 inch rolls of Yamaha blue vinyl tape. You might want to take a 2 inch strip and run it along the bottom of the fairing where you scratched it, and do it on the other side to match. Just an idea.

I've been able to repair major surface scratches by wet sanding with 2000 grit sand paper and then using mild compounds to buff (without a machine) out the sanding. But your problem sound a little bigger. So I won't get into the details about doing this.

I'm really sorry to hear about what happen to your baby.

Good luck! /images/icons/wink.gif

Mo
 
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