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Hey guys, I bought a 2013 Limited last year after owning an 09 Street Glide. I bought a pair of cheap chaps from Leatherup. On both bikes, it looks like my legs rubbing against the tank in the chaps has dulled the clear coat. Anybody know if chaps can rub clear coat off, or is it more that whatever was on the leather has added a film onto the clear coat and it just needs polishing? Also, if it is a film on it, can anyone recommend a good polish for the tank? My paint scheme is the Black/Big Blue Pearl. Thanks a bunch. :biking:
 

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I imagine you are scuffing the clear, however the clear is fairly thick and can be polished out.

Use a random orbital polisher with a finishing pad, and some Meguiars #3 Machine Glaze
 

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Even jeans would dull the clear coat.

It is not a film it is literally that your thighs on the tank caused lots and lots of tiny scratches.

It will easily get shiny again with a good wet sand and polish. Possibly even just a good buffing.


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Thanks very much for the responses. Seems to be a bit of a pain in the butt that THAT occurs given the fact that your knees rest against the tank. Oh well, guess I'll have to deal with that from now on. Thanks again for the responses.
 

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I am not sure how willing you are to lose the chaps, but that would be the best way to avoid this problem in the future. Leather is very sticky and paint doesn't like it.

Also, as far as products go, I am a huge fan of Adams Polishes. Check em out online.
 

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When your talking about wet sanding what grit paper do you use ..... 1500 wet or dry ?
 

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I have always used heavily soaked 2000 grit.
With some dishwashing liquid mixed in with the water.

But I wouldn't wetsand unless you've got some scratches beyond the normal scuffing that you want removed.
 

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What I have is some swirl depth scratches I'd call it, in the clear coat and the black paint just makes them more noticeable. I've never really tried buffing , though I've seen it done with good results , as in no swirl marks on black.
 

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What I have is some swirl depth scratches I'd call it, in the clear coat and the black paint just makes them more noticeable. I've never really tried buffing , though I've seen it done with good results , as in no swirl marks on black.
Use a clay bar to remove any surface contaminants before buffing to avoid swirl marks. :thumb
 
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