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Old 05-10-2013, 07:23 AM   #1
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Buff out scratches?

SO at the end of last month I realized that someone had keyed my bike on the gas tank. I didn't notice it earlier because of the shape of the gas tank. Anyways, I was wondering how I might could go about fixing it?
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:30 AM   #2
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SO at the end of last month I realized that someone had keyed my bike on the gas tank. I didn't notice it earlier because of the shape of the gas tank. Anyways, I was wondering how I might could go about fixing it?
It depends on how deep the scratch is. I would try the least aggressive method first and see how that works. Try an off the shelf polishing compound by Meguiars and hand rub it to see if it helps. If that doesn't work, you can get a little more aggressive. However, if you're not familiar with paint restoration, you might be better off leaving to a professional.

http://www.meguiars.com

They have some how-to stuff on their site as well as a "product advisor".
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:45 PM   #3
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Can you feel the scratch with your fingernail? If so you really cannot buff them out. Best choice is to take it to a body shop or auto paint store and ask them for suggestions as they can actually look at it.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:45 PM   #4
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No real body shops here.

It's deep enough to be seen at any angle but It's not deep enough to feel the transition. It's also not a straight line so that might be a factor as well. It looks as if someone stood next to my bike, looked around, and tried to scratch in about 3 circular motions. The 3rd being a failed attempt, because it barely starts anywhere.

But I'll check out meguirs and see where that gets meh.
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:49 AM   #5
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Try some "white" compound ,not the red stuff. then wax.
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:28 PM   #6
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3M Handglaze available at most auto parts stores usually does the trick for be on scratches you can see but not feel. May have to apply it a few times.

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Old 05-13-2013, 06:57 PM   #7
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3M Handglaze available at most auto parts stores usually does the trick for be on scratches you can see but not feel. May have to apply it a few times.

Ah! I'll check out some of the local places. All that's here is wal mart, NAPA, O reilleys, and Autozone, though.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:20 PM   #8
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SO at the end of last month I realized that someone had keyed my bike on the gas tank.
Are you sure?? I found some scratches on the top of my gas tank, not far from the seat, each about 2-3 inches long. I thought maybe someone tried sitting on my bike and scratched it with a shoe or something. Man was I pissed that someone would do that. Then after another week or two, I saw some more. Turns out it was me , or more specifically, a zipper pull on a new jacket that was way oversized.
Anyhow, some medium strength rubbing compound got most of the scratches out.
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:04 PM   #9
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No real body shops here.
you live in a place where there's no cars? there are body shops everywhere.
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:29 AM   #10
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Are you sure?? I found some scratches on the top of my gas tank, not far from the seat, each about 2-3 inches long. I thought maybe someone tried sitting on my bike and scratched it with a shoe or something. Man was I pissed that someone would do that. Then after another week or two, I saw some more. Turns out it was me , or more specifically, a zipper pull on a new jacket that was way oversized.
Anyhow, some medium strength rubbing compound got most of the scratches out.
Yeah, I had thought it could have been me. But the place it is at is farther up than my knee can reach, and the only thing that could scratch it would be the zippers on my pants. Only problem with that, though, is they are on the other side of my leg...
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