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Thumbs up How to restore gloss to the plastic signal switches

The plastic on the signal switches for the RC51 and any bike are subject to UV fading over time. And it makes the cockpit look old and tired.

A simple technique to restore lustre and address faded or oxidized plastic is to apply WD40 to them. Now it depends on how badly faded/oxidized the switch is, but this tip can make things look brand new, if not hugely improved. I recommend a heavy spray and let sit and sink in. Multiple applications may be needed to maximize the benefit.

This can be used on any unpainted plastics on the bike to good effect. Does anyone have any other remedies for this?
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Black WOW - a car care product to restore lustre to black plastics works very well, but only lasts around a month before needing re-application.

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I have used Mothers back to black for many many years.
I use it on just about everything that's black plastic or rubber.
It even works fantastic on the black # plates.
Great stuff.

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Oh ya, WD40 needs reapplication too. Good point.
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I use this....



To make my ride look like this....





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I've used all those products...doesn't work on my RC because it's so wickedly fast the black just keeps flying off in the wind.



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I've though about doing something like this, but never had anything warranting it on the RC51, but the rear fender on the 250 looks bad:
http://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/Updatin..._plastic_parts

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I've used all those products...doesn't work on my RC because it's so wickedly fast the black just keeps flying off in the wind.
Yeah, I've never had a problem with fading black stuff on the RC, since it does 205 no problem. The oxidation just flies right off.




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I've used all those products...doesn't work on my RC because it's so wickedly fast the black just keeps flying off in the wind.
Here....let me get ready for the next post.




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One day when I was running at 207 the black started to peel away so I did a back flip 360 with the RC and caught the black onto the bike only to lose it again when I hit 209.

It's true I tell you!

See the black is back on...




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^ Love those PINK frame sliders, too bad tht color did not vanish along with the black.... or trade places ??? HA !!!

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