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Old 06-14-2005, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Repairing plastic (deep scratches and gouges)....

Well, I'm just about ready to paint the plastic on my bike, but first I have to repair a few deep scratches and a couple gouges in the lowers/mids.

What do you recommend for repairing these? Will Bondo work OK or is there a special filler made for plastic that I should consider?
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Old 06-14-2005, 02:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Try looking up the Plastic Weld guy (plasticweld0). He may be able to help answer some of your questions.

http://www.empiregp.com

I hope this helps. Good Luck.
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Old 06-14-2005, 07:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What you need is a product call Evercoat made by Dap, it is about $38 for a pint of it, but well worth it, a 1/8 thickness will bend 70 degrees without braking or pulling a part from your panels.

The real trick is in using a good primer, you will want to scuff down the area with 120 grit paper where you are going to be applying your body work, do not use any cleaners, the plastic is porus and will old enough of the cleaner so that you would have problems with it sticking. Once your body work is applied you can sand it down to the 220 grit stage, then you need to get some plastic adhesion promotor to spray on the areas where you have broke through the paint on your panels, I use a product called BullDog it helps the primer stick to the plastic. you can use any high build primer, do the first few coats very lightly and let them dry completely. the feathered edges of the paint work can react to the paint that is on the bike, If it starts to lift or wrinkle you will have to sand it down to get rid of the soft paint and start over.

If you need help in any part of painting your bike we would be more than glad to help you out, you can call us at the shop 8am till 4 pm est and either Rob my shop foreman or myself would be glad to offer you any assistance we can..Bob

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Old 06-14-2005, 07:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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plasticweld

i was checking out some of before/afters on your site. what do you use to fill in the missing plastic gaps?


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Man that is some good info there. I feel a How-To or sticky coming
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Glad I could help.
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Old 06-14-2005, 09:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks a ton, Bob.

I'll give you a ring if I have any trouble.
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You need to talk to Deez. You've seen the vid's of his wreck right? When I saw the plastics on his bike I was like these plastics are like brand new. I could have sworn that he just bought new ones only to find out that he repaired them himself. I dunno how he got it cuz I didn't grill him on it but dude has some serious skills in the plastics repair department...
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i was checking out some of before/afters on your site. what do you use to fill in the missing plastic gaps?


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I just weld in new plastic, I can take two different halfs and weld them together or make from scratch the missing part here is an ear I made for a GSXR 1100 I made a paper template of the other side and then used it to fabricate a duplicate ear in reverse for the missing side
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