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I just noticed the staples on the inner part of seat made a big scratch on my tank, but you can't see it when it is on. Has this happened to anyone else? I guess it is no big deal, but I wish they did a better job of attaching the leather to the seat.
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if it wasn't the staples, it'd be the seat itself rubbing the pain off the tank (like it has on my bike).
 

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derby said:
if it wasn't the staples, it'd be the seat itself rubbing the pain off the tank (like it has on my bike).
That leaves a mark too?
 

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TerribleTabo said:
That leaves a mark too?
It's only paint. Paint does an excellent job protecting from the elements. It doesn't stand up well to abrasion whether applied in a liquid or powder form.
 

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Me too, its normal. Paint can't stand up to much physical abrasion. From what I have seen recently, you may want to scratch your tank up, then let Ducpainter take a whack at it.
 

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I realized a while ago, that if I just ride my bike alot I don't notice this kind of stuff. [thumbsup]
 

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Me too, its normal. Paint can't stand up to much physical abrasion. From what I have seen recently, you may want to scratch your tank up, then let Ducpainter take a whack at it.
Oh, it's on the way as soon as I get my other tank back from him! LOL [laugh]
 

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there've been a few folks who have tried to mitigate that problem a bit by adding some extra pieces of leather in those areas, knocking the staples down a bit with a mallet, applying some rubber tape over the protrusions, etc etc, but like everyone's said, if it's not the protrusions that'll get you, it's the constant abrasion from whatever's touching,

mitigate what you can and ride [thumbsup]
 

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This was a problem I had read about before I picked up my new bike. The day I brought it home I put electrical tape over the front staples. Yes, abrasion will rub paint away, but over a long period of time. Staples are a bit more abrasive than vinyl though and are sharp enough to dig into the paint. The first you can just wax out, the latter you have to do a bit more fixing. You shouldnt really worry about it unless youre taking your seat on and off every day.
 

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Much like you I was peeved to find the staples dig into the tank. I overcame this by 1. hammer 2. applying moleskin to the underside of the seat over the staples. Seems to have done the trick.
 

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I used black duct tape, but the it started to roll up and get all sticky so I'd advise against tape.
Cleaned off all the tape gunk and used clear silcone ~ seems to have been the better choice
 

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i just put those tiny flat circular felt things from home depot to cover the staples. of course this was after it already scratched. lol. they seem to work, but the scratches never bothered me t hat much in the first place.
 

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i just put those tiny flat circular felt things from home depot to cover the staples. of course this was after it already scratched. lol. they seem to work, but the scratches never bothered me t hat much in the first place.
Oh u mean those things for the bottom of furniture? That is a good idea. Mine is less a scratch than a gouge! LOL
 

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Oh u mean those things for the bottom of furniture? That is a good idea. Mine is less a scratch than a gouge! LOL
if it hasn't been that long, I'd put some touch up paint or something over the gouge just to prevent a bit of rusting
 

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hiero said:
if it hasn't been that long, I'd put some touch up paint or something over the gouge just to prevent a bit of rusting
mine had scratched through to the metal then i filled the scratches(gouges) in with the gm color paint ($4 at the local pep boys) i did this a couple of times then i finally put the silly felt things on
 
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