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Hi all,

after bringing my new Bobber home and doing a nice long first ride, I thought to do something good and covered her up.

Totally forgot that heat and plastic aren't a good combination :-(

Result can be seen on the picture.

Any good advice how to clean that up? Would cleaning alcohol work or damage the coat?

Looking forward to some good advice

Patrick
 

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already it's not easy on stainless steel
then, on those in black .. :crying:I fear that it is impossible mission

by force of rubbing, sure, it will go away.
but what will remain of the black painting?or rather:what will it look like after rubbing :crying:
good luck :wink2:
 

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I think it’s possible... to start take a cloth or spong soaked in warm soapy water and hold it onto the effected area. Repeat this process a number of times. You want to get some heat into the area which ought to make it easier to work with. Then gently work in some bug and tar remover with a tooth brush.

Avoid rubbing too hard or in one place for too long.

Best of luck:)
 

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Try a hairdryer to soften the plastic and find a plastic scraper?
 

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I did the same thing with a microfiber cloth, in the same place whist hot, it took a lot of wet and dry to remove the melted cloth but luckily mine was not black, if you do get it clean and take the black coating off you could buy a good heat resistant matt black spray and blend it in.

good luck and let us know how you got on
 

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Hi all,

after bringing my new Bobber home and doing a nice long first ride, I thought to do something good and covered her up.

Totally forgot that heat and plastic aren't a good combination :-(

Result can be seen on the picture.

Any good advice how to clean that up? Would cleaning alcohol work or damage the coat?

Looking forward to some good advice

Patrick
IS the plastic malleable or is it hard? If it's soft, I would think a non harsh GooGone may help cut through it?

Like others said, get it good and hot and then try to wipe it off.
 

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If that is a good ceramic coating, it should be very durable as far as heat is concerned. It probably won’t be for trying to scrape the plastic off.

I would get a propane torch and start to burn the plastic. Once you burn the plastic down it should lose all of its elasticity and maybe even its grip onto the the pipe. More of a dry carbon will be left. At the very least, the residue that is left would be black like the pipe.

That may sound extreme, but I would try it on a small section of that plastic to see how it reacts.
 

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So sorry to hear that Patrick. I did the same thing on my Thunderbird some years back, which had chromed pipes. Elbow grease, goo gone, scrapers etc will reduce the damage, but I was not successful in getting the as-new look: there was a residual I could not shift. I didn't try MX's propane torch, and that may work on your black pipes.

In the end, chalk it up to experience, and think of it as a patina. Lots of people pay to roughen up the looks of their bikes! And you cam always say it's the blood of the last car driver who cut you up, or something. Fits the Bobber ethos :)

- Pasta
 

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All the procedures mentioned won't get the pipe to look as new as the rest of your bike. At the end of the day there is only one way and that is removing the header and take it to a ceramic coater. They will clean it and make like new. It shouldn't cost more than $50-$75. if it's just one header. I had the whole system done for $ 250.00.
Don't agonize over this just fix it and move on and enjoy the new bike.

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man, that hurts me seeing that photo! sorry to hear this happened, as it's a hard lesson learned. i had, like a few others, experienced this with a microfiber towel. luckilly i had the stainless, so was able to use a variety of solutions (even used the penny method to scrape off some of the hardened melted material). hopefully you can find a solution to fix this.
 

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Sorry to hear about the mishap. I know how frustrating it is, as I’ve done it too on a previous bike of mine - a brand spanking new BMW R1200R.

I’ve only seen the Bobber black at the dealer. But the coating looks quite delicate to me (of course I may be wrong...). It seems to me like scraping would only damage it more & make it even worse.

I think recoating could be an option if it bothers you a lot (as per Chico’s recommendation). Personally, i go with Pasta’s point of view and would let age and wear take its toll. Eventually it’ll patina perfectly and be a small battle scar.
 

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Hi Patrick! Herzlich Willkommen im Forum!
You could try this:
First, run the bike for a few minutes to get the pipe really hot, and hopefully the plastic will be burning/melting, and use a wooden tongue depressor, (Holzmundspachtel, erhältlich in der Apotheke), to carefully scrape off the molten burning plastic. I did this on a Harley with matt black pipes, and it worked fine. The wood will not burn so easily or stick to the pipe, and being wood, it should not scratch if you're gentle.

Hope this helps
Cheers!
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Hi Patrick! Herzlich Willkommen im Forum!
You could try this:
First, run the bike for a few minutes to get the pipe really hot, and hopefully the plastic will be burning/melting, and use a wooden tongue depressor, (Holzmundspachtel, erhältlich in der Apotheke), to carefully scrape off the molten burning plastic. I did this on a Harley with matt black pipes, and it worked fine. The wood will not burn so easily or stick to the pipe, and being wood, it should not scratch if you're gentle.

Hope this helps
Cheers!
mike
This looks like it might be a promising approach. Might work, I'd give it a try.:surprise:

Chico
 
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