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How to prevent fading?

Where I park my baby at work there is no shade!
I was curious if anyone has noticed any fade damages?
And I was curious what others do to cut down on fading other than putting a full cover on?

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In addition to a half cover, I use 303 Protectant. Great stuff!


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Where I park my baby at work there is no shade!
I was curious if anyone has noticed any fade damages?
And I was curious what others do to cut down on fading other than putting a full cover on?
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I USUALLY JUST DRINK A LOT OF COFFEE TO PREVENT FADING.............................

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Well....I hate to admit but I have left the bike out, in the winter, a couple of times due to unforseen circumstances. Also...my bike is always outside all day long, all summer long until I put it back in storage in the winter. I have noticed some fading from the sun on the black plastic pieces on the handlebars...such as the volume controls...etc. Along with that, the plastic piece that has the lettering for the controls has faded...looks somewhat like old plastic. Also have seen some possible damage on the bottom of the windshield too but Im not totally sure what that is yet.

One thing that is a pain is when sand gets into all the nooks and crannies. I'm in Wyoming and we have a teeeny bit of wind out here, and with the sand and dirt and such, Ive had it gunk up my audio buttons on the tank before...to where I actually had to grab a sewing needle and spend quite a bit of time picking the sand out of there to free up the buttons. The CB radio push-to-talk button doesnt spring up on its own anymore so Im sure that is all gunked up too...not sure how to clear that up; though I don't have a CB anyways, haha.

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If you ride much at all, you will eventually get some fading in most color paints. Red is the worst. I helped clean up a red bike, 2005 I think that looked really great, but the sticker on the fuel door looked cracked and old, so I took it off. You would not believe the amount of fading on that as the part under the sticker was still the factory color. That and maybe the parts under the saddlebags or on the underside of the fairing. To look at the bike, you wouldn't notice it. I bought a new sticker to hide the non-faded bit.

Not a lot you can do to avoid it other than just keep it out of the sun. Keeping a good wax on it might help, but the sun will still get through. So just ride, and enjoy and understand there will be some paint damage no matter what you do.

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I always cover my bike when I ride to work. Sun will wipe out everything in short order. Seat, gauges, grips, and paint. Only takes a couple of minues and well worth it!
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In addition to a half cover, I use 303 Protectant. Great stuff!
I do exactly the same thing. Bike is over 10 years old and sits outside almost every day at work, in a hot parking lot. Bike is still looking decent.



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In addition to a half cover, I use 303 Protectant. Great stuff!
I thought the 303 was for the black vinyl black stuff and not for the paint ?
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Thanks Smitty!

You just cost me almost 100 bucks.

I checked out the 303 protectant and found it and a bunch of other stuff in my Amazon Wish List.
So I bought them all. Free shipping for over $25 doncha know.
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