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Well, I've finally decided to do something about the scratches the previous owner put into my tank. Apparently he had to push the bike a long ways (ran out of gas) and forgot to remove his belt buckle.

So I was thinking... I could get some touch up paint and take the scratches out. Or... I could scratch the whole thing up so it looks like it was that way on purpose!! At first glance the scratches kind of give the bike some attitude, then you realize they weren't intentional because it's only in that one spot. But if I did the whole thing...

Any ideas of how to go about doing this?

Or is this a dumb idea?
 

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You could get one of those carbon pieces that are supposed to keep you from getting the scratches in the first place.
 

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Alright, once I find a time machine, I'll ask you for suggestions on which one
 

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Aguacate said:
Alright, once I find a time machine, I'll ask you for suggestions on which one
I think the point he was making is that the carbon piece will cover the scratches so you won't have to repair them.

As for scratching the whole tank. You have 2 options depending on the look you want.

1. hit the whole tank with a grinder and clear coat over it.

2. ride the bike off road and lay it down a few times in the sand.
 

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silentbob said:
I think the point he was making is that the carbon piece will cover the scratches so you won't have to repair them.
Ahhh, gotcha.

silentbob said:
As for scratching the whole tank. You have 2 options depending on the look you want.

1. hit the whole tank with a grinder and clear coat over it.

2. ride the bike off road and lay it down a few times in the sand.
Hmmm, I like number 2.

I'm looking for random, but with a sense of direction, like if you could make the scratches resemble the way shaggy hair goes. What would the grinder look like? Also, what is the clear coat for?

What about some super rough steel wool?
 

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Send it to ducpainter to be repainted, then take care of it
 

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Aguacate said:
Ahhh, gotcha.

Hmmm, I like number 2.

I'm looking for random, but with a sense of direction, like if you could make the scratches resemble the way shaggy hair goes. What would the grinder look like? Also, what is the clear coat for?

What about some super rough steel wool?
This isn't the best example, but if you look at the side of the tank and the fender you can see where they used a grinder and then clear coated over it. You can make the pattern as coarse or fine as you like. The clear coat keeps it from rusting.

http://www.fremontcycle.com/bikes/photos/motorcycle_022.jpg
 

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Cool, thanks for the pic, I guess that's not quite what I'm looking for after all.

Now about the sand idea...
 

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Ddan said:
You could get one of those carbon pieces that are supposed to keep you from getting the scratches in the first place.
silentbob said:
I think the point he was making is that the carbon piece will cover the scratches so you won't have to repair them.
Sorry, I didn't think I needed to state the obvious. ;)
Aguacate said:
I'm looking for random, but with a sense of direction, like if you could make the scratches resemble the way shaggy hair goes. What would the grinder look like? Also, what is the clear coat for?

What about some super rough steel wool?
Get a cheap random orbit sander with 80 grit. It'll leave some nice deep swirls.
 

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Aguacate said:
Cool, thanks for the pic, I guess that's not quite what I'm looking for after all.

Now about the sand idea...
I can speak from experience when I say river washed pea stone does a great job. You won't feel too good, but I'm sure you'll love the results on the paint, exhaust, engine cases.
 

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won't scratching up the tank to reveal the steel cause it to rust eventually? Maybe I'm wrong, but I've seen steel wrust beneath a clear coat.
 

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SOS pads would work well for that. In terms of the clearcoat, that would protect it from rusting.
 

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sonofthetis said:
won't scratching up the tank to reveal the steel cause it to rust eventually? Maybe I'm wrong, but I've seen steel wrust beneath a clear coat.
If the steel is not exposed to the atmosphere for long, or contaminated with skin oils/acids it shouldn't. The real issue is adhesion. Clear is not intended to stick to lots of bare metal.
 

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ducpainter said:
If the steel is not exposed to the atmosphere for long, or contaminated with skin oils/acids it shouldn't. The real issue is adhesion. Clear is not intended to stick to lots of bare metal.
So if it's just scratches tho, do you think the clear coating would bond to the paint around the scratch and end it covering it in the process?

Also, if it did rust, would it just be cosmetic or would it damage the integrity of the tank?
 

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Aguacate said:
So if it's just scratches tho, do you think the clear coating would bond to the paint around the scratch and end it covering it in the process?

Also, if it did rust, would it just be cosmetic or would it damage the integrity of the tank?
The rest of the paint would need to be prepped. If you have a dark it will be tough, but anything can be done.

Rust is like cancer. It will kill anything given a long enough period of time to work.
 

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agua --

why not simply repaint you entire tank? it's fairly simple doing a DIY paint that'll last long enough until you can afford a professional respray.

sand down, then primer, then fine wet sand, then paint, then clear.

w/ a couple extra wet sands in the mix, it should come out OK. not show quality but better than a scratched up tank.

Q
 

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Send it to ducpainter to be repainted, then take care of it
This is the best advice. Check out FrostyFinishes.com He does an excellent job. My tank looks better now than it did new.
 

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Yeah, I know sanding it down and repainting it would probably end up being easier and everything, I just thought it would be a cool idea. Given that it's done well, of course.

I've never seen anything like it before, which would make it cool, but then again, maybe there's a reason why I've never seen it.

Sounds like it's a harder process than I originally imagined though :'(

Quit making it sound so hard... :-\
 
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