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    Yeah I tried buffing. But I had bought a crappy orbital 1-speed polisher on sale for $15 lol. It didn't seem to do anything. The polish I was using was some kind of McGuires polish compound; maybe it was TOO fine? I also tried some stuff called "Wizards" it was some old crap my dad gave me a few years ago.

    Anyway, I already clear coated it and it looks okay, still kind of ****ty, but I just wanted to be able to ride so I didn't care anymore haha. Maybe I'll strip the clearcoat, re-sand it with the 1500 or 2000 (can't remember what I used exactly) and then try buffing it with a better buffing machine.

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    The orbital thing would be good to put wax on stuff with but thats the very last step. I'd recommend an actual buffing/polishing machine with a cotton and foam wheel. Even a cheap variable speed one at Harbor freight is only $25.

    You have to do it all in order. Using the wrong stuff can be a step back so make sure what you are using goes from coarse to progressively finer.

    You were right there after wet-sanding with 2000! 10 more minutes of polishing with the right stuff and you'd be done!

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    I will certainly give it another go. I hate the clear coat, looks cheap and crappy.

    Also, a side note, my stock windscreen had some pretty deep gouges in it as well. I tried sanding that but since it's clear, it didn't really work too well. Do you have any positive experience restoring those? For now, I just painted mine black and it looks okay...

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    Check post #24.

    Looks good to me!

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    do you think this is going to work on this?
    I'm only just now about to begin this project. I wanted you to see this before I made moves.
    https://www.buellxb.com/forum/showth...074#post600074
    Jesse

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    What can you lose? It can't look worse

    Because the solvent has eaten the clear plastic, make sure you spend the most time on step one (the coarsest grit). The more time you spend to get the nicest and most uniform finish at the first step, will save you massive amounts of time and effort as you go through the simple process.

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    Thanks @cooter!! I'm just now going through this process.
    Also... if anyone has a Hero Blue Airbox cover that is still sexy... please hit a brother up. I want it.



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