Inner fairing fade is fixed

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by Mavagrand, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. Mavagrand

    Mavagrand Senior Member

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    As most of you know, I live in Florida where the sun can be brutal. You may also recall I got married in March of 2009 which required a move on my part. I went from having a covered carport for Black Betty to leaving her out in the sun. Anyway it took my about five months to get a shed built (16X24) to get her outta the weather.

    Well the other day I noticed on the leading edge of my inner fairing in the area of both grips, a slight graying of the material. This is happening on both sides of the fairing right at the apex of the "wing" portion. If I was riding, I would be able to touch the area by extending my fingers. The graying is nothing too severe just a slight change in the color. It was enough to bother me so I hit it with some "Mothers Back to Black". This didn't really make much difference.

    I got to thinking about my days in the Marine Corps and grabbed some black boot polish. I started rubbing it into the faded portion and, after about five treatments I couldn't see the faded spots anymore. Amazing. I rubbed it in then buffed it out with a microfiber cloth, made a huge difference. I now wonder if I can "spit shine" the inner fairing and avoid the cost of painting it. HEHE.

    I tell you it is indeed the simple things in life that work. Between boot polish and Pledge I have a complete detail kit for my bike. Wanted to share this with you guys, perhaps someone can use it. Ride safe.
     
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  2. ultrat

    ultrat Senior Member Contributor

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    10 -4 good tip.....
     
  3. EnjoyingTheRyde

    EnjoyingTheRyde Junior Member

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    My 09 SG is doing the same thing, right side only, but not from being left in the sun, it's always in the shed when I'm not on it...

    Wonder if warranty would cover it? Have not been to the shop to ask... I'll have to give it a try... If not, thanks for the tip...:s
     
  4. ultrat

    ultrat Senior Member Contributor

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    if its cosmetic i do not think so....
     
  5. Mavagrand

    Mavagrand Senior Member

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    I know they generally won't cover chrome (seems like my dealer will replace ONE piece of chrome ONCE and thats it) because they say it is environmental. I suspect they'll say the same about the fairing. If it's like mine, it appears to be cosmetic as the material itself didn't seem to be compromised. Good luck with it.
     
  6. Gezzer Glide

    Gezzer Glide Active Member Contributor

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    I think Harley sells a product that will restore it back to black.
     
  7. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Does the phrase, "They all do that" ring a bell? :p
     
  8. Mavagrand

    Mavagrand Senior Member

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    Is that the same as "It's Normal"? :bigsmiley20:
     
  9. EnjoyingTheRyde

    EnjoyingTheRyde Junior Member

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    At least they won't be able to tell me "we can't duplicate it"
     
  10. Mavagrand

    Mavagrand Senior Member

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    Keep us posted on what they do tell you. Be interested to see what they say.