What do you all use to clean scuffs on helmets?

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  1. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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    Have several gloss black helmets that have for lack of a better term "paint scuffs". It appears to be transfer from something else onto the helmet and not damage/scuff/gouges in the helmet paint/clearcoat itself. My first thought is something like a rubbing compound or a solvent, but dont know what level will take clean without damaging the helmets finish. Any suggestions?
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  2. CRP6001

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    I would not use a solvent on a helmet.
    I wax my helmets, and there is a thread
    regarding the use of Pledge furniture
    polish on helmets and plastic body panels.
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  3. tedder

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    Your thoughts are correct. Rubbing compound is fine. Even wax has enough "abrasive" in it to take of really basic scuffs.

    Obviously, if you thwacked your helmet against something, no amount of rubbing compound will do it. And if this is common, you might need to rethink what you do with your helmet, both when it is on and off your head.
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  4. mfp4073

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    Actually thats my thread :D

    for some reason simple wax had slipped my mind and seems like the perfect solution to try.
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    Nothing.............. that gives them "character" and shows you are not a newb:D.
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    ^^^This. Besides, helmets should be replaced at about 5-7 years. I'm such a cheap bastige that if my helmet wasn't all scuffed up, I likely wouldn't replace it. I need the incentive.
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    I use gold spraypaint, it covers almost every type of scratch.


    But then again, I have a gold helmet, so nobody really focuses on the scratches anyways.
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    Also works well for water stains on wood tables:clap.
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    Some toothpastes are more gritty than others. I have used them when rubbing compound is not available for small projects (it does work ok for plastic headlights). I would say use with caution on non visible area because I would think some of it could take the shine off a helmet
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  17. markk53

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    If rather severe, get some 1500 grit wet/dry and essentially "color wet sand" the scuff. It's the stuff they do cars with before buffing. Or use some rubbing compound, but not too coarse. Then some polishing compound or Flitz. Finally some wax or polish.

    Flitz works great for those little scuffs like bumping a door frame or the like. As I said in the one shield post, I've used Flitz to fix a scratched CD. Rubbing compound or wet sand will take care of deeper actual scratches. Just go to the really extra microfine wet/dry. It is almost like coarse rubbing compound.
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    I just let so many dead bugs accumulate on my helmet that scratches are no longer visible.
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