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What to use to cover up a slight rub mark on the top of a side case?

My first few months of ownership, when the bike was new, I dropped it 2-3 times and the last time was up against a curb which left a slight rub mark that also scratched the plastic. The area in question is up near the top and close to the edge and about 3/4" wide X 2".

I haven't dropped the bike since then so I figured that now was the time to make the repair and maybe give it a more custom look, even though it is one of the rare green ones.

Any suggestions on reflective tape that I might easily place over the mark that would look good. Because of the position of the scratch, I'll probably need to run the tape on the side and back in one continuous piece. The tape will need to be quite flexible to make the turn and also conform to the curve at the top of the side case.

I thought about having the side case painted, but if it can be covered so that it looks good, I won't have to disassemble it and go though the PITA of downtime and reassemble.
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Re: What to use to cover up a slight rub mark on the top of a side case?

Why not go get the paint and fix that little area, give it a light wet sanding with 800 grit wipe it down with paint cleaner paint it and wet sand it again either buff it out and or clearcoat it. That one is an easy fix.

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Re: What to use to cover up a slight rub mark on the top of a side case?

Find a couple BMW stickers and place one on each case in the same position. I did that on a couple dings I have on the top case with some small roundels that were given to me (thanks, Dick).

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Re: What to use to cover up a slight rub mark on the top of a side case?

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Why not go get the paint and fix that little area, give it a light wet sanding with 800 grit wipe it down with paint cleaner paint it and wet sand it again either buff it out and or clearcoat it. That one is an easy fix.
I don't think just painting it will make the scratches invisible. The plastic is slightly gouged and would need to be filled or sanded down and I don't think I've got the skills to do it correctly. I can take it to get it done for around $200, but thought I'd try some tape first.

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Yeah, You can get a body shop to fix it for about $200 That's what I'd do..

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Re: What to use to cover up a slight rub mark on the top of a side case?

I hear ya the reason I mentioned it was I just worked out a nasty gouge in my car which also needed filler. LOL ok I was happy with the way it turned out and it was a heck of a lot easier then I thought it was going to be.

I'm a little obsessive even if it was covered up I would know the paint was hosed there and it would drive me nuts.

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Re: What to use to cover up a slight rub mark on the top of a side case?

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Why not go get the paint and fix that little area, give it a light wet sanding with 800 grit wipe it down with paint cleaner paint it and wet sand it again either buff it out and or clearcoat it. That one is an easy fix.
I agree, a little effort and a lot of patience will get fairly good results.

Just give it a day or so for the paint to cure before rubbing down.
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Re: What to use to cover up a slight rub mark on the top of a side case?

ya could silicone penny's all over it or duct tape lol na that wouldnt be a bad fix just take your time
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Re: What to use to cover up a slight rub mark on the top of a side case?

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I don't think just painting it will make the scratches invisible. The plastic is slightly gouged and would need to be filled or sanded down and I don't think I've got the skills to do it correctly. I can take it to get it done for around $200, but thought I'd try some tape first.
Go buy a new cover . That part costs 234 here in the uk . At least the paint will be perfect and will carry a 2 year warranty and you won,t have to worry about a crap paint job .
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Re: What to use to cover up a slight rub mark on the top of a side case?

2" Wide Scotchlite silver reflective tape cut to match the curve of the silver handle. Sweet. Lay it out with 2" masking tape and draw the lines. Pull it up. Cut the lines. Transfer it over. Stick it down. galls.com Under $20.00

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Re: What to use to cover up a slight rub mark on the top of a side case?

For something like that, I'd at least try a little Bondo, sandpaper, & touchup paint. Worst case you're out $30 & some time. It's already boogered up & maybe you can fix it. If not, you can go back to plan A of hiding or having a pro fix it. Won't cost any more to hide or have a shop do it if you try it first.

But by attempting the DIY fix you at least then have the materials on hand to go after the next little ding which may be within your capabilities.

I have a hard time with paint too & am definitely not a pro body man, but I manage to get good results for light dings & scuffs. I kind of look at finishing the paint like polishing. You can't just apply the paint & stop - the surface finishes won't match no matter what & it will just look bad. But slow & careful sanding progressing through higher & higher grits will get the surfaces & old/new paint to blend. It's forgiving stuff to work with - doesn't turn out right - just sand & try again.

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Another hula girl sticker...................
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Another hula girl sticker...................
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You could get one of those bullet hole stickers and cover it up.

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Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa it's in Florida, not Texas!

Gona go by the local auto-zone today and check out the tapes.... if that don't work, then I'll take it off and run it to the body shop. Tired of looking at the sign of failure....

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Tired of looking at the sign of failure....
But..but... Dan,
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Dan,
Check out this place. http://www.reflectivelyyours.com/homepage.html

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MUD...its organic too!

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Re: What to use to cover up a slight rub mark on the top of a side case?

Your dealer likely has some guy who does their work out of his garage. Ask them if they would have him do your case. I had an entire GT side panel repainted for $50.

Because if is more than "a slight rub mark" you could go ahead and do the body work and get it nice and smooth first.

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