Product for buffing out scratches from plastic?
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Piaggio MP3 300 HPE
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Location: Croydon
Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:48 pm quote
Third day of MP3 ownership and I dropped it as I was setting out. Turned off the tilt lock, was expecting it to lean right and it went the other way, for which I wasn't ready (I'm 5 feet 7 so can't flat foot both feet at the same time - just tiptoes). Landed on my left foot and my elbow hit the ground.

Luckily I was wearing leathers and boots, so only an impact graze on the elbow and my foot was squashed but not crushed. Body is a little achy but that might have something to do with the lifting of the beast back upright. Amazingly, the signal stems are in tact. The only damage is scuffing to the plastics and a bent left footplate. And to my confidence!!

Is there anything that you would recommend for buffing out plastic scratches, assuming it's possible?

Thanks
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2008 fuoco
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Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:39 am quote
It depends how scratched the paint is over the plastic ,if the paint is scratched right through to the plastic then you can't buff it out, a repaint is the only way to make good. If it's black plastic with with no paint on and depending how badly it's scratched then one of the back to black sprays sold for cars bumpers ect that you may see online or in the motoring isle of the supermarkets may or not disguise it ,note that some products are better than others you probaly can buy a can for abot 2 . I've dropped mine 3 times and have scratchs on the paint some i've managed to buff out with Farecla G6 and G3 paste then the finishing G10 polishing compounds but all this is VERY expensive .' T Cut ' is widely available it may do it but it's not that good. Turtle wax and i think 'T Cut' do a coloured polish that will disguise scratchs its not that bad actualy ived used it on 3 different cars as a stop gap as i counde't be bothered doing a full monty panel polish.You just buy the nearest colour to what your scratched panel is and apply as per the instrutions.Or you could just live with the scratches.



















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2009 MP3 400, 2004 Honda ST1300
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Tue Aug 25, 2020 2:40 am quote
You're across the pond so the products available to you will probably be different. This is what I use. They all have micro-crystalline abrasives that break down as you rub it in so they keep getting finer as you work it.

Fine = Scratch Doctor. --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9y0XDvKSBg

Medium = Meguirs Ultimate Compound --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw0P6quY3Qw

Coarse = 3m marine restorer and wax 09005 --> https://www.westmarine.com/buy/3m--marine-1-step-restorer-wax--P004_130_003_512
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Tue Aug 25, 2020 3:00 am quote
pmatulew wrote:
You're across the pond so the products available to you will probably be different. This is what I use. They all have micro-crystalline abrasives that break down as you rub it in so they keep getting finer as you work it.

Fine = Scratch Doctor. --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9y0XDvKSBg

Medium = Meguirs Ultimate Compound --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw0P6quY3Qw

Coarse = 3m marine restorer and wax 09005 --> https://www.westmarine.com/buy/3m--marine-1-step-restorer-wax--P004_130_003_512
Yeah these thing though there are other brands that are similar. TBH your milage will vary but if the plastic is really roughed up there isn't much you can do but suck it up and order a replacement panel if possible. If you can pop in to your Piaggio dealer and let them have a look, they can tell you how repairable it is.

Sorry to hear about the off. I'm 5'11" and I'm sure that if I was a little shorter I would have dropped a bike a few times in my life. It can be a little surprising how many bikes have pretty tall saddles as stock but they do. Glad you're OK and hopefully the damage will mostly buff out.
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Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:31 am quote
Thanks guys - really appreciate it. Gives me some search terms to find equivalents.
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