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Old 02-19-2018, 09:26 PM
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Carbon protection from scratches- FAIL!

aka, fix one thing and destroy something else...

I noticed that the carbon heel shield on my 2015 motorsports K13S had been badly scratched by the inside of my right boot (sharp edges on the boot's heel/ankle plastic cover after thousand of miles hitting the sharp, machined footpegs on the bike).

So, having some extra 3M film after re-wrapping the tank (the tank had started to yellow after 3 years in the Texas sun), I said no problem, and cut a piece to fit. While I was at it, I also cut a piece to protect where my boot was rubbing the frame's paint.

I followed the instructions for the material, installing it with a mixture of water and alcohol, working quickly on a beautiful day, and, I must say, it came out looking great in no time!

And then, as I began feeling quite smug with my work, I looked down and saw that where the alcohol and water dripped and ran off the parts while I was installing the film, it had completely bleached the perfectly perfect carbon fiber pipe cover on the Akrapovic exhaust. Apparently THAT piece is not clear-coated, and is susceptible to simple solvents.

So I saved a small, inexpensive piece of carbon, and must now replace a $120 one. Please learn from my mistake!

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Old 02-19-2018, 09:39 PM
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Re: Carbon protection from scratches- FAIL!

Ouch. Good news is you canít see it when youíre riding
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Re: Carbon protection from scratches- FAIL!

... So I saved a small, inexpensive piece of carbon, and must now replace a $120 one....
TRY THIS FIRST !! (read it on the internet so it must work!) Spray paint the ruined cover grey, let dry. Overlay the now grey carbon piece with drawer liner (the non slip kind with the square holes. Walmart or Lowes, etc.) and spray with black paint. Remove the liner and voila, looks like carbon fiber. Maybe.

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Re: Carbon protection from scratches- FAIL!

Sorry about the problem, but.....alcohol and water bleach carbon fiber?? That's some screwy chemistry. Something else is going on.
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Re: Carbon protection from scratches- FAIL!

Originally Posted by JohnTex
fix one thing and destroy something else...


Check your PMíS.

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