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|04-16-2019 04:09 PM|
|Rick150||That part of the tank worries me if I have metal objects in my trouser pockets, they roll inwards and rub on the tank. If one has a pointed edge it can do damage. Got into the habit of not putting keys or stuff like that in my trouser pockets.|
|04-16-2019 04:04 PM|
Originally Posted by Lamf1969 View Post
|04-16-2019 02:48 PM|
Best tank protector?
Originally Posted by TedG View Post
ZX14 tank protector on mine with SunTek film on the tank sides.
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|04-16-2019 01:51 PM|
I have to do something. Yesterday I washed the bike after a 280 mile ride and saw a pretty deep scratch in the tank. only about 3/8 of an inch long but pretty deep. I thought it might be a zipper on the jacket I was wearing but there was nothing. It must have been a rock or something thrown up and I leaned against it. I gently wet sanded and polished it out and it is good. But now I need some protection.
A normal tank protector would not have helped where the scratch was. I sure don't want to wrap the entire tank, the film looks good but not that good.
But maybe a film only where my jacket would contact the tank. Xpel has a headlight kit that has a pretty thick film and if cut properly, it just may be a good solution. And Summit has it on clearance.
Or maybe just the normal film cut accurately would look better. Can't make up my mind.
|04-19-2016 10:30 AM|
I've had film on at least a dozen cars currently have 3M on my Ferrari & Expel on my Porsche turbo. Entire front end bumper, fenders, lights and rockers/side sills, behind each wheel. At speed if a large enough object hits the film it can get damaged, it's never happened to me but I've seen it happen. Depending on the force it's possible to damage the paint underneath but w/ the film installed the paint is never damaged as badly as without having it. Mainly the film prevents from getting the usual chips from small stones that get tossed up on a highway and protects the paint from gear, leathers rubbing the paint, it also makes cleaning the bike much easier because a) you can use detailing spray and wipe down a slightly dusty bike without getting swirls b) prevents the long term micro scratching/swirling from washing/drying.
It's not as easy to scratch the film as it is to scratch clear coat but there is a special wax I use designed for clear film so if it does get scuffed you can remove these marks. A good paint wax will work too just not as well. Unlike paint you can work any scuffs out of the film without being an experienced detailer or needing detailing wheels. as malh2 commented if the film gets damaged its easy to remove and replace, keeping the paint underneath pristine but I wouldn't replace a piece of film unless it's actually been torn from a very hard impact, scuffs come out easy......The painted areas rolled into my cars wheel wells behind the tires I had removed & replaced after 5 years, but that's because the area is constantly getting blasted by sand, pebbles kicked up from the tires and when removed the paint underneath was showroom new.
The new Expel film I have on the H2 is "self-healing", leave it in the sun long enough & then just buff with detailing polish, micro fiber and scuffs on the tank from gear disappear. Or you can use a little heat I was a little skeptical at this claim at my installer so he did a little impromptu demonstration. He had just finished installing the Expel film on a brand new Z06, took a wire brush and went back and forth on the front fender like he was cleaning a BBQ. Scuffed it up pretty good, then took a heat gun and made the scuff vanish. He did this w/ the owner of the car right there, the guy looked like he was going to have a heart attack.
|04-19-2016 08:38 AM|
|malh2||The wrap will scuff if it is consistently rubbed against by a jacket,but it shouldn't scratch your tank.I have used 3M high gloss polish to take some of the scuffing of the wrap but will just replace the front tank wrap with a new piece when it gets too bad.|
|04-18-2016 10:56 PM|
Thanks everyone, I had mine wrapped in film and then quartz clearcoat treated, but I can still see some scratches in the tank area, as I wear a heavy jacket or a leather jacket when I ride.
|04-18-2016 06:05 PM|
Originally Posted by rapidroy1 View Post
All i do is very regular waxing with Autoglym polish using a 740 (I think the acronym is GSM ) microfibre cloth .
A micro fleece top that if big enough could be worn over a leather jacket if required. The sides of my petrol tank are also as new as being 5'9 I find my knees only touch the plastic trim under the mirror finished paintwork.
I have thought about getting the petrol tank wrapped only to make the bike easer to live with but i still genuinely enjoy polishing the bike .
|04-18-2016 05:18 PM|
Originally Posted by Supercharged View Post
A good jacket with armored joints should be a bare minimum on any rider's list, regardless of heat. Safety equipment was made for a reason and whether you're falling at 18 or 180 it will always make a big difference.
Good luck out there and please, be safe!
|04-18-2016 05:16 PM|
did you have ceramic pro installed on your bike?
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