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ianscottuk
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Date Posted:01/17/2017 9:56 AMCopy HTML

Hi

I recently bought an XL125s and am trying to restore her.  I have using my local Honda dealer for new parts but they say they can't get new decals anymore.  When I go online I can see a few for sale on ebay, but I am not sure of the quality and if they are exactly the same as the originals.  Can anyone recommend somewhere to order from?

Another issue is the plastic panels, such as the front mud guard and two side panels.  Someone has previously painted them with 'red' paint using a paint brush so I will need to remove that without damaging the plastic, and then I would like to restore the surface plastic.  Is this possible?  I have seen lots of videos online with sand paper but am not sure how well that will work?  Would I be better getting the spray shop to spray them along with the tank and frame?  Or are new panels cheap enough to just buy new (I haven't seen any so assume not.)

Many thanks

Ian
GB500guy #1
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Re:Decals and plastic trim restoration? - XL125s '81 UK

Date Posted:01/17/2017 4:26 PMCopy HTML

Hello Ian,
Sounds like you have a nice project there. I can't help with the decals, except that a local bike shop owner says he takes parts (with original decals still mostly intact) to a printing shop which scans the designs, edits them to correct any damage, then prints new ones on vinyl. Might be a possibility for you if you can come up with decent examples to scan.

On the painted plastic I think your only option is to sand off the old paint and respray. Wet sand them using wet/dry sandpaper and a bit of soap in the water to reduce clogging of the paper. Start with 320 grit and progress to 400, 500 and finish with 600 grit. Then repaint. Below are before and after shots of my XL250 fender and side cover which I sanded to remove scratches and then painted. I sprayed on 3 coats, then wet sanded with 600 to flatten, then put on a final coat.







-Bill

ianscottuk #2
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Re:Decals and plastic trim restoration? - XL125s '81 UK

Date Posted:02/07/2017 11:19 AMCopy HTML

 cool thanks.  Is it ok to paint plastic?  What happens if the plastic flexes?
GB500guy #3
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Re:Decals and plastic trim restoration? - XL125s '81 UK

Date Posted:02/07/2017 2:34 PMCopy HTML

Reply to ianscottuk (02/07/2017 3:19 AM)

 cool thanks.  Is it ok to paint plastic?  What happens if the plastic flexes?

Yes, see my post above. Many models came with factory painted plastic parts. I use Krylon Fusion for Plastic paint, but there are others. Even non-plastic specific paint is fine, a 1-2 mil paint thickness will flex easily no problem.
-Bill
ianscottuk #4
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Re:Decals and plastic trim restoration? - XL125s '81 UK

Date Posted:02/14/2017 10:07 AMCopy HTML

 Ok, will go for it, ta.


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