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Offline Wantabeach

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Oxidized / faded bag solutions
« on: October 12, 2019, 08:38:23 pm »
Bags are that dirty gray faded color due to sun exposure and abuse.  They still look bad after a good scrub. What have folks done to restore these old bags?

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Re: Oxidized / faded bag solutions
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2019, 09:16:07 pm »
Bags are that dirty gray faded color due to sun exposure and abuse.  They still look bad after a good scrub. What have folks done to restore these old bags?

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carefully use a heat gun, to reglaze them (try it on a back surface first, to see the outcome), or just use Krylon Fusion spray paint... that paint works great...

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Re: Oxidized / faded bag solutions
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2019, 01:21:39 pm »
I found a good solution.  Here is what worked for me.

1) Soap and rinse residual dirt
2) Scrub with 0000 steel wool with Murphy Oil Soap. This cleaned a lot of oxidation and fade.
3) Applied Novus 1 and 2 cleaner and scratch remover. No 2 appears to be almost like a polishing compound for plastics.
4) Buff with small rotating electric buffer with soft pad.
5) Apply Meguiar’s Ultimate Black (available at most auto parts stores)

They looked real good after the steel wool and Murphy soap so i likely could have just applied the Meguiars and been done but I had already purchased the Novus. The buffer made a big different too so would not skip this step.   Here are some pictures.

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Re: Oxidized / faded bag solutions
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2019, 03:59:04 pm »
I've used "Black Again" on my bikes.  https://www.autogeek.net/blackagain.html  It works well.  It's a clear liquid that you wipe on and then leave the bike in the sun to activate it.

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Re: Oxidized / faded bag solutions
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2019, 04:57:17 pm »
I've seen bags a few folks have had sprayed with Line-X bed liner spray. Never asked the cost, but they looked really nice - and - the finish appeared tough as nails.
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Re: Oxidized / faded bag solutions
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2019, 11:50:05 pm »
I mix 70% paint thinner.  To 30% linseed oil,     The paint thinner softened the plastic allowing the linseed oil to penetrate the plastic works amazing

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Re: Oxidized / faded bag solutions
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2019, 03:58:41 am »
From this thread:
http://forum.cog-online.org/concours-c10-zg1000-general-chat-and-tech/restoring-inner-plastics-and-hard-bags/msg665284/#msg665284

I was putting some EZ Pass tape on my dash and I wiped it with rubbing alcohol on kleenex tissues.
My dash plastic is shiny under that glaze of protective products!
The plastic is not wet, it dried with that shine on it.
Might be worth a try for the perfectionist.
For now I plan to leave my dull glaze in place.

The quote probably didn't get the picture but if you go looking for it the whole thread there is similar to this one.
« Last Edit: October 21, 2019, 04:02:04 am by Tour1, Reason: made an obvious link »
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Re: Oxidized / faded bag solutions
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2019, 03:16:27 am »
Hi, I just used McGuires black plastic restorer for the first time and I was very pleased. Cleaned well with spray 9 then wiped with white vinegar in water. Once dry just wipe on a couple coats and wipe off the haze no buffing needed. Gives a fairly good even colour and the cases and trunk look a 100 times bether.  Cheers!

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Re: Oxidized / faded bag solutions
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2019, 10:27:16 am »
I bought a set of bags recently that didn't look the greatest.  I try to use what I already have so, I wiped them down with paint thinner and then hit them with some old english furniture oil.  That worked for me.....and frugal too!   :)
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Re: Oxidized / faded bag solutions
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2019, 01:01:40 pm »
I used Eastwood Products Plastic Restorer on the wheel flares of my truck a few years ago, and have been very impressed with the results.  Goes on like black spray paint, but is definitely NOT paint.  I haven't need to shine them with Armor All since using the Restorer.  Warning: it isn't cheap:

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