Plastic Tank restoration

Discussion in 'Australia' started by llewdaert, May 17, 2010.

  1. llewdaert

    llewdaert Been here awhile

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    Hello Does anyone have some wisdom to pass on regarding restoring plastic fuel tanks. I have a XR 500 [its an ADV type of XR 500!] with a oxidised looking, standard OEM fuel tank. Is there a polish or proprietary product, or do you wet and dry or scotchbrite or perhaps both.. Thanks in advance.....
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  2. kipo

    kipo South Australian Tiger Resistance Group

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    I'm restoring a 1980 PE 250 and was about to ask the same question.

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  3. searchin oz

    searchin oz Sand, Gimme more sand

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    Steel wool.

    I done the tank and gaurds on my old XR with steel wool and it came up pretty good. If real bad try scraping without gouging the plastic with a butter knife or similar.
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  4. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    i hit the plastics with a paint stripping gun and they came up like new ,(don,t try this at home ,kids)
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  5. shank

    shank Shank950

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    A mate used it on his XR400, and it worked a treat,
    I was amazed at the end result, I'm not sure of the amount of elbow grease that is required.
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  6. DRjoe

    DRjoe Long timer

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    I just finished polishing a plastic fuel tank using normal cut and polish compound with wool buffing pad on the buffer. It worked great just try resist spinning the pad to fast.

    I have used wet and dry to remove sctratckes as well and then polished them of using a blow torch. Needles to say dont do that on a tank with fuel or fuel vapour in it.
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  7. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    Mate of mine, crash repairer, put me on to 'T Cut' polish some years ago to replenish scratches in cars. I use it on my IMS translucent tank every now and then (without too much elbow grease) and it appears to be keeping it at its original 'colour'.:wink:
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  8. sequent

    sequent South Australia's own....

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    For what it's worth, I've used something called Clorox "Gumption" which is an abrasive kitchen cleaning paste with a scotch brite pad or steel wool with success....
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  9. Tee Dee Mmm

    Tee Dee Mmm Long timer

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  10. Miss Jane

    Miss Jane Ride like a girl

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    I'd give a product like plexus a go, keeps my black fuel tank looking good as new even though I have put the odd shallow scratch in it. Just spray it on and give it a wipe, easy on the elbows too.
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  11. outback jack

    outback jack Long timer

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    If your considering paint have a read of this, i tried once to paint a kids Pee wee tank but the fuel vapours beat me. I had no idea you had to seal the inside of the tank as well, by the way the paint i used on the rest of the plastics held up really well.

    http://www.4strokes.com/tech/plastic_restore/
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  12. crash n bern

    crash n bern Long timer

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    It will depend on how oxidised your tank is. VMX magazine did a feature on in some time ago. If it's in bad condition you have to scrape the tank with a Stanley blade (Although I've had good results with beadblasting.) to get all the oxidation off. Then start sanding with wet and dry sand paper and work your way up to 1200 grit, then go to a plosih. It's a long and tedious process.

    Try http://www.ozvmx.com/community/ A lot of old dirt bikers here that spend all their spare time restoring old bikes. If you do a forum search you'll dig something up on the subject.

    Or you could contact http://www.vmxmag.com.au/02_Home page/homepage.html and find out the back issue that had the article.
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  13. ECKS-Man

    ECKS-Man Long timer

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    This is a good product, although I am not convinced it will restore badly faded plastics, and certainly not with good long-term results. I'd look at the polish option, starting with Gumption. Then go Plexus to keep the shine afterwards.
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  14. Jim Bud

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