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Black bits are not black anymore....

Post  TomCom on Thu Jul 18 2013, 19:02

the black bits of fairing the one around steering bars are not black anymore :( i think its just old , anybody know how to get the colour back??
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Re: Black bits are not black anymore....

Post  SteveCat on Thu Jul 18 2013, 19:07

Put some silicone oil or wd40 onto a cloth and wipe it on the plastic bits - don't use a lot, don't get it on any glass / mirrors though. It doesn't last, you'll need to do it from time to time, it part of my bike clean regime.
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Post  0ldcat on Thu Jul 18 2013, 19:43

This may sound mad, but I am serious and it does work.

While your black bits are off, get two shoe brushes and a tin of black boot/shoe polish.

Use one brush to apply the polish to your black fairing parts (you could also use a duster cloth to apply the polish instead of a brush), making sure you get an even spread.

Leave the faring parts to dry then use the other (preferably softer) brush to remove excess polish and to buff up to a shine.
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Re: Black bits are not black anymore....

Post  TomCom on Thu Jul 18 2013, 19:48

wd not working. its shining but bo black they stay gray.
black boot/shoe polish? its sound crazy did you try it?
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Post  0ldcat on Thu Jul 18 2013, 20:02

Yes . . . naturally black polish, did I not say ? slap'ed. . . I've not done it to a bike but I have done it to a car dash and trim that had become sun faded.
May take a couple of applications but yes it works.

Try it on a small piece first.

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Post  TomCom on Thu Jul 18 2013, 20:06

i am polish and i am not black tongue LOL
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Post  SteveCat on Thu Jul 18 2013, 21:24

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote: its sound crazy did you try it?

Ah, I couldn't see the grey/white in the pictures. Shoe poll-ish lachen has a dye in it so will cover the grey Wink Try and get the WD40 off first, surprised it didn't work.
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Re: Black bits are not black anymore....

Post  TomCom on Thu Jul 18 2013, 21:29

how to get wd40 off?
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Post  thunderstu600 on Thu Jul 18 2013, 22:41

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:This may sound mad, but I am serious and it does work.

While your black bits are off, get two shoe brushes and a tin of black boot/shoe polish.

Use one brush to apply the polish to your black fairing parts (you could also use a duster cloth to apply the polish instead of a brush), making sure you get an even spread.

Leave the faring parts to dry then use the other (preferably softer) brush to remove excess polish and to buff up to a shine.

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I knew this trick just haven't done it yet
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Post  SteveCat on Fri Jul 19 2013, 00:33

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:how to get wd40 off?

Fairy Liquid?
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Re: Black bits are not black anymore....

Post  Rosco on Fri Jul 19 2013, 00:40

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:i am polish and i am not black :PLOL

You will be if you go nuts with the polish.

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Interesting stuff.  I've always used the likes of wd40, duck oil, silicone spray before and mine are still fairly black.
I have been known to keep my bike protected under a film of dust and grime but I'm trying my best to be good from now on.

It is clean at the moment and the garage is getting an long overdue overhaul.
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Post  Tee-Forty on Fri Jul 19 2013, 02:09

I use Cif cleaner to remove all the ingrained dirt, then wash with Fairy liquid, and finally spray on some ArmorAll protectant.

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You could also try something like "Simoniz Back To Black".
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Post  0ldcat on Fri Jul 19 2013, 08:31

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:You could also try something like "Simoniz Back To Black".
Depending on your tastes, to the tunes of either :-

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