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  1. #1
    Seat Tester
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    Protecting plastic from UV rays

    What is the best product to use on the shiny black plastic fenders of my new C50? My bike will often sit in direct sunlight so I want to use something that will actually protect the plastic from fading. There are so many products on the shelf at PepBoys. What works best as a sun screen for plastic?

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    Want's A New Title
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    Drive faster...and on the shady side of the street?

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    Seat Tester
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    That is a clever response, but it does not answer the question.

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    I use a product called Bass Boat Saver that protects fiberglass from UV rays, you might google it and read up to see if it works on plastic. I use it on a lot of stuff, including bikes. It's a great cleaner too. It's pretty expensive tho.
    The "other" ZZR rider.

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    Most modern plastics and coatings are well protected as is. I don't remember the last time I saw fading on an automotive surface. I'd just use a good wax or silicone for general protection.
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    Kickstand Operator
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    Just as an aside...the one polymer with the greatest resistance to UV is Teflon (PTFE). While I'm not sure if they make products for bikes with it in them, or in great enough concentration, it might be worth looking into.

    Now you have me thinking about it for my black Bee.

    Clint....have you seen any fading on black motorcycle plastic? My manual says not to park the bike in direct sunlight. (and you all have heard me complaining enough about how soft the Bee's paint is anyway....now all I need is fading...Acccck!)

    B-Rex


 

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