by CL Rease
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The strength and rigidity of ABS plastic makes it a perfect material for motorcycle fenders and fairings. To ensure that an ABS motorcycle part does not become brittle, it must be protected from UV light with paint. Select paint designed for ABS plastic, as some types of paint will etch or melt the ABS plastic, or if the cured paint is not flexible, the paint will crack from the surface of the ABS part.
Clean solvents from the surface of the ABS plastic part of the motorcycle. Dip a cloth into the bucket of clean water, apply two to three drops of dishwashing liquid to the damp cloth, and rub the cloth to lather with the dishwashing liquid. Thoroughly clean the surface of the ABS plastic part of the motorcycle with a soapy cloth. Rinse the ABS part well with clean water to remove the soap from the surface of the part and dry the ABS part with a dry cloth.
Scrape the surface of the ABS plastic part of the motorcycle with 800-grit sandpaper. This will give the paint better adhesion to the ABS plastic part of the motorcycle. Make sure to scrape all areas of the piece that will receive paint.
Clean the sanded surface of the ABS plastic part of the motorcycle with a clean, dry cloth.
Apply the solvent-based lacquer spray paint to a hidden area of the motorcycle’s ABS plastic part and allow the paint to dry. If the paint sticks to the plastic part, proceed to step 5. If the spray paint deforms the surface of the plastic part, do not use the paint on the part. Select another spray paint and test on another hidden section of the plastic piece.
Spray light coats of solvent-based lacquer over the plastic part until the entire part is evenly coated with the spray paint.
Let the paint dry for the recommended time before installing the ABS plastic part on your motorcycle.
Articles will need
- Clean water bucket
- Dishwasher detergent
- 800-grit sandpaper
- Solvent Based Lacquer Spray Paint