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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-07-2017, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Boot rub mark removal

I have noticed some light scratch rub marks from my boots. I would like to clean this up before it get any worse and am looking for suggestions. My guess is that the parts are clear coated and I have just rubbed through the clear coat. The white spot in the photo is from the camera flash. My boot had a little aluminum color spot where it was rubbing so my guess is that I just rubbed through the clear coat.

To clean up I am thinking of rubbing compound to reduce surface scratching then an application of matt clear coat followed by a generous application of wax after the clear coat has fully hardened. Not sure is this is the best approach.

Any suggestions to help prevent scratches in the future would also be welcome.

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I used a sheet of carbon fibre printed vinyl decal to cover both rear sets. The decal wears and gets marked up but is good for a couple seasons. It keeps the metal from marking up. Though, that's when the bike was new. Now I just see the marks as a badge of honour.

I still have the vinyl and I'll send you some if you want to try it. PM me.
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I used a sheet of carbon fibre printed vinyl decal to cover both rear sets. The decal wears and gets marked up but is good for a couple seasons. It keeps the metal from marking up. Though, that's when the bike was new. Now I just see the marks as a badge of honour.

I still have the vinyl and I'll send you some if you want to try it. PM me.
Thanks for the offer, but I think I will try some clear 3M 8 mil automotive paint protector. Will take a while for me to wear through that.

Still looking for comment on best way to clean up marks.
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You can't clean it off, you are wearing away the rearset paint. It shows you actually know how to ride and move your feet around a bit on the pegs. Well done!
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You can't clean it off, you are wearing away the rearset paint. It shows you actually know how to ride and move your feet around a bit on the pegs. Well done!
I wear size 13 boots and ride with the ball of my feet on the pegs most of the time so my big flippers are bound to rub on something as I need to reposition my feet for shifting etc.
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You can't clean it off, you are wearing away the rearset paint. It shows you actually know how to ride and move your feet around a bit on the pegs. Well done!
My older brother used to hassle me about the appearance of my bike until another rider we knew asked him if my road dirt was any worse than his garage dust. I'll take the dirt and scuffs of riding.
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I wear size 13 boots and ride with the ball of my feet on the pegs most of the time so my big flippers are bound to rub on something as I need to reposition my feet for shifting etc.
My boots are size 10. Riding on the balls of my feet - there's ALMOST NO paint (OR the "carbon-fiber" stick-on I had put on) - left on either side of my '08 (at 75K miles).
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