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    Bloody Wanker is what you get when you don't do it right!

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    Ha ha. I will find out tomorrow. I'm pulling all my plastics to polish with rubbing compound and polishing compound. Using a Mothers adapter for my 19VDC drill. Your right that variable speed helps, a lot. Most important is never let it go dry. TRIED TO GIVE YOU A REP POINTS FOR THE F*#KING WRITE UP (W/PICTURES!).

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    I like scratches! ha ha ha

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    Subscribed, unless someone wants to buy a set of black Firebolt plastics that could use some polishing lol.

    Good write up Cooter.

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    been playing with a spare black airbox cover. Wanted to sand down the whole thing. Removed the Buell labels and thought that I wouldn't have to sand far to get rid of the color change from the sun. Been using #320 3m Scotchbrite pads. Have removed about .010-.015 of entire surface. I can still see the label outline so I'll have to remove a couple of more. Work on it about a hour a night. What I have found interesting is that I have revealed a molding error and exposed a 'grain' in the airbox cover where it translates to the belt-buckle area where a lot of scratches occur from street riding. The defect is from the injected plastic into the mold not having reached operating temperature. It produces a 'grain effect' that visually looks just like the tight rings in a tree stump. The sanding so far hasn't revealed a density difference so the grain is visual only.
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    That's really interesting, let us know if sanding more makes it better or worse? I haven't run across that issue. yet.

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    You wet sanding?
    I've gone from 60 grit all the way to 2000 grit and been very successful removing some serious road rash.
    I usually finish up with a high quality scratch remover.

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    320 grit wet sanding with light to medium hand pressure. Surface is buffing up well, just commenting on what I found. No texture to the grain, just visual. I used to work in the plastics industry and this would have been a defect where I worked. We will see when I get to the rubbing and polishing compound phase. Wish I had a digital camera.

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    I finally polished my set I had laying around. If you guys need 220, your plastics must be really bad. I started with 800 on a fender that I thought was bad and had rock chips. Also, I sanded down to 2500, then used Novus 3, 2, and 1, covered with a good glaze. I tried only going to 1000, but was taking forever to get those marks out even with my buffer, and the extra steps of grit really didn't take much time.

    2500


    Novus 3


    Done


    Half way through, I think this was after Novus 3?


    Finished


    Airbox finished

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    see how AZmidget's airbox cover has a screen in the area around the gas cap, is that something that only came on XB-R's?



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