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Plasti Dip Tank Protection

After taking my dog on a ride and finding light scratches I decided to add some tank protection but couldn't find anything ready made that I really liked or thought would give me the tank coverage I wanted, so .... Not sure how it will hold up but it looks nice.
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Very creative. You might have just started a new craze!
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That does look really nice. I'm interested to see how well it holds up.

I'll bet it will peel off easy when you are ready to remove it someday.
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I just bought some 3M paint protector film, then added it to my tanks. Here's a pic of the '15....


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I just bought some 3M paint protector film, then added it to my tanks. Here's a pic of the '15....

Now you need to clean off your under seat area .

Nice permanent solution there!

I had a plasti dipped bike and it held up fairly well, just gotta really put a lot on the tank area.
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been doing this since I bought it.
mine is straight line before fuel cap.

how did you mask such round edge?
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I used 1/4' vinyl masking tape to get the curves - not too hard after a couple of beers.

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I've no first hand experience with Plasti dip however I have seen other bikes that have used it. They all had peeling issues after less than a year. Not sure if this was due to the product itself or how it was applied. If you don't like it though or it starts to peel you can remove it without damaging the underlying paint with a nylon mesh dish scrub pad and acetone. NOTE: Do not use the green 3M scrub pads as they contain abrasive particles that will damage your paint.

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I've no first hand experience with Plasti dip however I have seen other bikes that have used it. They all had peeling issues after less than a year. Not sure if this was due to the product itself or how it was applied. If you don't like it though or it starts to peel you can remove it without damaging the underlying paint with a nylon mesh dish scrub pad and acetone. NOTE: Do not use the green 3M scrub pads as they contain abrasive particles that will damage your paint.
a) that's completely normal, especially if friction is involved.

b) your fingers all you need. Especially if you are not a cheap bastard and you did put the 4 coats as you are supposed to.
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...how did you mask such round edge?
IF this question is about my use of the 3M stuff - I just put something round on the corner, then put a line around it before cutting w/ scissors. Here's better pics.




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I used 1/4' vinyl masking tape to get the curves - not too hard after a couple of beers.
There's no need to mention beer, it's always implied on this forum when working on the V !


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What is the lanyard sitting on top of your battery for?

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What is the lanyard sitting on top of your battery for?
It loops around the battery, so that IF (WHEN) I need to remove the battery, it's just a straight-up pull.

Easy peasy!
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