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How to remove a tank scratch

Post  snitter on Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:37 am

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So, came out to my bike this afternoon after work to find a large-ish semi-circular scratch across the right side of the fuel tank, right about where my inner thigh would go. Wasn't there when I parked it...sigh.

I don't think the scratch goes down to the metal.

Does anyone have any hints or suggestions as to how it could be removed? Panel beater? Buffer? Rub it vigorously with a brushtail possum?
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Re: How to remove a tank scratch

Post  gus on Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:53 am

Cutting compound and then a lighter compound then a polish but not much good if its too deep .Suzuki paint is soft and bugger all clear coat .
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Post  2wheelsagain on Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:03 am

I'm with Gus but use the lightest cutting cream you can get. Suzuki just waved the spray gun near my bike. Not even sure they know what a clear coat is.
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Re: How to remove a tank scratch

Post  snitter on Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:13 am

Thanks all for the suggestions. I'll try the cutting compound and let you know how it went.
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Post  Cal on Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:36 am

Then when that doesn't work respray to the colour of your choice  Very Happy
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Re: How to remove a tank scratch

Post  madmax on Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:50 pm

I use a product by 3m called pad glaze or something like that. Its mainly for use with a machine polisher, mainly used for taking out light scratches and swirl marks that you get from cutting compound. I'd try something like that first. Cutters can be a little drastic especially on really thin paint, the last thing you want to do is rub away the clear coat

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Re: How to remove a tank scratch

Post  Paul 1250 on Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:15 pm

If your in western Sydney or near by I could take a look, I am a spraypainter 30+ years, If not go very easy with any machine polishing, I've seen plenty of people make a mess of paintwork without the skills needed.
Another alternative is take it to a spraypainter near you and get them to have a go getting it out, I couldn't imagine they'd charge you too much for that.
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Re: How to remove a tank scratch

Post  snitter on Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:26 am

Thanks for the offer, Paul! I'm in Yass, so might talk to my mechanic about who he might recommend.
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Post  snitter on Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:28 am

So my mechanic had a look and he recommended Meguiars X 2.0 (it's not a cutting compound, something much finer).

Worked a treat! Although it took some elbow grease.

http://www.meguiars.com.au/products/car-care/paint-care/surface-prep/scratch-x-2-0/

Sorry for the ad, but I can thoroughly recommend this stuff!
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Post  2wheelsagain on Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:43 am

Sounds simple enough to use.
How much $$ for the bottle?

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Post  snitter on Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:55 am

Snap! Forgot to mention.
$22 from Autopro Yass for a 200mL bottle. You use it very sparingly, so that bottle should last a loooooong time.
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Post  Re-Cycled on Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:59 am

@snitter wrote:Snap! Forgot to mention.
$22 from Autopro Yass for a 200mL bottle. You use it very sparingly, so that bottle should last a loooooong time.

..or 15.90 from Supercrap online  http://www.supercheapauto.com.au/online-store/products/Meguiar-s-Scratch-X-207ml.aspx?pid=13201#Cross

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Post  2wheelsagain on Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:02 am

@Re-Cycled wrote:
@snitter wrote:Snap! Forgot to mention.
$22 from Autopro Yass for a 200mL bottle. You use it very sparingly, so that bottle should last a loooooong time.

..or 15.90 from Supercrap online  http://www.supercheapauto.com.au/online-store/products/Meguiar-s-Scratch-X-207ml.aspx?pid=13201#Cross

Good find Peter. Thanks guys.

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Post  barry_mcki on Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:33 am

I think there's a 20% sale on everything in all their stores this weekend.
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