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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old Apr 10th, 2017, 9:41 am Thread Starter
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How to fix plastic pannier scratches on 2011 MS

Greetings all, looking for some guidance and wisdom on how to fix some scratches on my 2011 1200s MS stock right pannier. More specifically it's not the painted part but the black plastic part. I have tried to use fine 2000 grit sand paper and rubbing compound but it only helped slightly. I also will need to know how to dye the plastic back to its original color if anyone has done this as part of the fix. My goal is to make it as close to perfect and unnoticeable as possible see attached pic of damage.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old Apr 10th, 2017, 12:09 pm
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Tough job because the more you clean up the damage the more you will remove the texture of the part as well. You may end up with a shiny spot amongst the rest of the lid. Meguiars "Back to Black" may help with the colour. Putting a WTB in the classifieds for a new lid may be your best bet if you are wanting perfect.

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Yea I looked around and had no luck. I think the only real chance you'd have would be to sand the damaged part down and then find a technique to recover the texture... but finding the right process to reproduce the embossed texture might be really hard. Sandblasting maybe? (with a dialed in grit and pressure)

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So far I have sanded and utilized the rubbing compound and it helped but did not make it perfect. I also used the back to black but the discoloration is still there. I read there is a product by scratchwizard.net that can be used to dye it black, they use super glue to fill the scratches then you sand them down smooth. The issue is the texture which many have comments on how to but nothing I can see as a definitive answer.
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Tough job because the more you clean up the damage the more you will remove the texture of the part as well. You may end up with a shiny spot amongst the rest of the lid. Meguiars "Back to Black" may help with the colour. Putting a WTB in the classifieds for a new lid may be your best bet if you are wanting perfect.
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Fixed a bad scratch on ST3 bags by having the black part coated with the stuff they use to spray on pickup beds as a liner. Looks great and hard to tell its not stock.

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Good idea using bedliner as a cover up. I've had good luck with Black Wow (autogeek.com or Amazon) to restore appearance on other black plastic trim...

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Any particular brand and did you do it yourself or have someone else do it for you? How much did it cost? Pics?
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Fixed a bad scratch on ST3 bags by having the black part coated with the stuff they use to spray on pickup beds as a liner. Looks great and hard to tell its not stock.
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Some damages can be repaired only through Ebay. All my experience with a plastics molding says that you can't restore your detail to looking like new. Maybe it is very nice case to start your own custom project?

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