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Old 11-13-2012, 02:01 PM   #1
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Can you buff out scratches on fairings?

So i posted a thread earlier about how I dropped my bike while at a stand still. So i got some pics of the damage. Most of you said leave the fairing the way it is. It build character to the bike. I most likely will leave it alone except maybe just clean it or buffer it.

So i went to the yamaha dealer and asked if it can be buffered and repainted or cleaned just like the car exterior can if it has scratches. He told me, bike fairing scratches CAN NOT be buffed out. you need to replace the fairing. IS THAT TRUE?....the good part is that there is no damage to the decals. Just the black paint part. so anyone ever try to get rid of the damage to that section?

links to Pics below. Sorry they are a big dark. But im sure you can tell.
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eqsaq9&s=6
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=23j5pow&s=6
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2gyd2wz&s=6

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Old 11-13-2012, 02:04 PM   #2
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Re: Can you buff out scratches on fairings?

Yes, you can buff out scratches, so to speak.


Those ones in particular, though, I think you're out of luck.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:06 PM   #3
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Re: Can you buff out scratches on fairings?

yeah i figured i was out of luck. was just hoping for a miracle cure. see if someone had it. lol
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:07 PM   #4
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Re: Can you buff out scratches on fairings?

Dude, who cares bro. That shit's not even noticeable. They are too deep to buff out tho. LMAO at you asking.

I have this shit, that's colored wax sticks and compound that comes with it. It would fill that shit in, and then you'd compound over it. It won't be noticeable from a few feet away, but otherwise, you need to have it sanded and painted. And this usually means paint the whole fairing/bike or most of it to make it all match.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:08 PM   #5
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Re: Can you buff out scratches on fairings?

I mean, you might be able to wet sand it, and buff it out, I don't know.. I can't tell exactly how deep they are.

I'd hit it with a sharpie.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:09 PM   #6
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Re: Can you buff out scratches on fairings?

Thanks for the advice. glad i could put a smile on everyone's faces with my Q. :-)
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:16 PM   #7
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Re: Can you buff out scratches on fairings?

This shit is so old bro. I'm ashamed to date myself like this.

This will NOT fix it, but will hide the shit out of it for sure. I've used this on parent's cars, cars right before I've traded em in off the lease, etc.

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Old 11-13-2012, 02:19 PM   #8
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Re: Can you buff out scratches on fairings?

I didn't look at the pics. But if you run your finger nail against the grain and it catches in the scratch, it is too deep to remove. If its not through the clear coat though, you CAN buff to lighten the scratches and make them less noticeable. Essentially you will be cleaning out the inside of the scratch, and giving it a shine. So it won't stand out as much.

Possibly the reason the shop said you can NOT buff fairings, is it is not recommended to buff on plastics. The plastic heats up much quicker than metal, from the friction. If you heat it too much, it can and will warp. So plastics are something I would leave to a professional.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:24 PM   #9
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I was told by a dealer that they are not painted but dyed plastic. The white lines you see are the cuts in the paint and not scratches in the paint. Your best bet is to get some touch up paint and lightly touch it up.


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Old 11-13-2012, 02:28 PM   #10
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Re: Can you buff out scratches on fairings?

Not sure on your bike, but my 08 Liquid Silver and 05 Blue are painted. Same as a car. I've buffed, polished, and waxed both. Only thing I can't polish on my 08 is the pieces that are matte silver (cover in front of tank and mid fairings).

And for what it's worth, I've been detailing for 8+ years and recently quit working in the auto body industry (painters helper).

[EDIT]And I dunno how you can tell from the pics what the scratches actually are. Pretty dark and low quality pics FTL. But when you scratch clear coat, it appears dry, just like if you sanded it. Over black base coat, it will appear white. It also looks like it could be paint transfer. All of which I doubt. But possible, and hard to state just from pics.

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