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Old 09-23-2006, 06:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Clearcoat scratch removal

I have some scratches, very minor, on the clearcoat off my gas tank. You can't see them unless the bike is in the sun. Is there a recomended clearcoat polish/scratch remover?

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Old 09-23-2006, 07:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have some scratches, very minor, on the clearcoat off my gas tank. You can't see them unless the bike is in the sun. Is there a recomended clearcoat polish/scratch remover?

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Most Dealerships have this polish (NOVUS #2 Fine Scratch Remover) that comes in a white plastic bottle with a red printed label on it. I have used it several times and it works great.
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Old 09-23-2006, 11:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Meguairs ScratchX should work just fine by hand and be easy to find.
Are the "scratches" the type that look like spiders webs?
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Old 09-23-2006, 01:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Most Dealerships have this polish (NOVUS #2 Fine Scratch Remover) that comes in a white plastic bottle with a red printed label on it. I have used it several times and it works great.
I think the Novus 2 may be intended for plastics - windscreens, etc. Meguiars Tech Wax will work fine for very fine scratches. They offer other products for more severe surface scratches.

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Old 09-23-2006, 01:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This site might help. http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/sho...&threadid=7011
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Old 09-23-2006, 01:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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On my black deuce and black cars I use Meguire #2 swirl remover, then Meguires Show Car Glaze #7, then Meguires High Tech Yellow Wax.

I think you will me very impressed at the results.
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Old 09-23-2006, 01:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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On my black deuce and black cars I use Meguire #2 swirl remover, then Meguires Show Car Glaze #7, then Meguires High Tech Yellow Wax.

I think you will me very impressed at the results.
Man that sounds like a lot of work everytime I wash the bike, let alone my cars.
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I think the Novus 2 may be intended for plastics - windscreens, etc.

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I used Novus on both heavy and light scratches in my clearcoat. Worked really well.
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Old 09-24-2006, 01:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Meguairs ScratchX should work just fine by hand and be easy to find.
Are the "scratches" the type that look like spiders webs?
I've used the scratch x too, which is okay but seems to take a lot of rubbing to get even minor scratches out. The best i've used is made by 3M. I've only see it sold at the Auto paint supply type stores. It's labeled as a cleaner/wax but also removes light to medium scratches. Whatever you use, just make sure it's "clearcoat friendly."
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Old 09-24-2006, 01:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The ScratchX is is to "remove" meaning eliminate the scratches. A lot of products say they remove when what they are doing is covering them up with oils and synthetic fillers. ie....pure polishes (oils), waxes (carnaubas) and Tech Wax (actually a synthetic blend) that have been listed above.
The most effective method will to to actually remove the scratches and then look at you wash technique to keep from appling more scratches. Yes, 90% of scratches come from improper washing techniques.
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The ScratchX is is to "remove" meaning eliminate the scratches. A lot of products say they remove when what they are doing is covering them up with oils and synthetic fillers. ie....pure polishes (oils), waxes (carnaubas) and Tech Wax (actually a synthetic blend) that have been listed above.
The most effective method will to to actually remove the scratches and then look at you wash technique to keep from appling more scratches. Yes, 90% of scratches come from improper washing techniques.
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The previous owner of my bile had a "bra" on the tank that left real bad scuff marks. Also my bags had scratches compared to scuffs.
I used Meguiars:
Clay bar, Scratch X, Then polish, then Carnuba wax.
The Scratch X is just a bit more abrasive than the polish. Compund is the most abrasive.
The best things I did was to buy a $15 polisher at Harbor Freight and tried a few spots less noticeable before I went after my tank. The biggest advantage is that you dont get tired with the polisher and you barely use any pressure. Also there are different pads for polish and wax.
Read the Meguiars site, good stuff. And buy the "Ultimate" product.
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