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post #1 of 10 Old Aug 10th, 2013, 8:46 am Thread Starter
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Sun-bleached luggage bags - UGH!

Hey Guys,

I've done a Google search and still can't find much on this subject.

On my '99, the exterior of the driver & passenger side luggage bags are sun-bleached - or so that is my guess. The rest of the bike's plastics look fine, but the luggage does not.

Any ideas/recommendations on how to get the color & shine back? Or do I just bite the bullet and re-paint during the winter?

If you look closely at my luggage bag, you will see the faded paint. (Oh yeah, don't hate b/c of the filthy bike! This is the pic I took when I purchased it, the bike has since gone through a major detailing).

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Repaint is really the only option. BMW is a clear over a metallic color there is nothing you can do short of a repaint to fix sun fading. It is because BMW did not use very much UV protectant in the clear coat. When you have it repainted, talk to your paint guy and get a high UV protection clear for it, they should already be shooting it on cars that have fade prone colors like gold and red metallic.

If you want them to color match, it will still be slightly off due to some sun fading on the rest of the bike, see if they can color match off of the trunk or another part if you want it to match better.

You can save a bunch of cash if you completely disassemble the saddle bag covers so all they have to do is lightly sand, spray, buff and hand back to you.

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Re: Sun-bleached luggage bags - UGH!

Before you start spending on it, try Solvol Autosol. Come to think of it, I've no idea if you have such a thing in the States. Anyhow, it's a polish with an extremely fine abrasive - I've used it to make a sun-faded pink Nissan Patrol red again.

Just a thought.........

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Re: Sun-bleached luggage bags - UGH!

Hey guys,

Thank you for the feedback!

I will see if I can find the Autosol.

Otherwise, I will do what Tim says over the winter.

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Re: Sun-bleached luggage bags - UGH!

Quick question - are the luggage bags, "plastic" or "fiberglass"...?

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They are ABS plastic.

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Thank You!

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Mine did the same thing and I tried polishing compounds after all the waxes and armor all products. Ended up painting them (had nice eagle against a grey background done by a chopper shop).
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Mine did the same thing and I tried polishing compounds after all the waxes and armor all products. Ended up painting them (had nice eagle against a grey background done by a chopper shop).
I would love to see a photo of that! I really enjoy custom pain on bikes.

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