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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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    In addition to a half cover, I use 303 Protectant. Great stuff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by onewayblues View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingleader09 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingleader09 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by smithjason View Post
    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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    So can you use 303 on the painted panels I use it on everything but never used it on the paint. Is it safe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lnd71 View Post
    So can you use 303 on the painted panels I use it on everything but never used it on the paint. Is it safe?
    Yes, I have used it before on painted surfaces and it didn't harm the paint. But to be sure, I just now sent an email to the company to see what they say. I'll post their answer.
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    Zaino polish and a full cover is what I would do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingleader09 View Post
    In addition to a half cover, I use 303 Protectant. Great stuff!
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    I have a 2002 Illusion Blue with 75,000 miles. I have never waxed my bike, only detailer. I park my bike at work all day, and have never had any fading. I do put an Ultra Guard half cover on it on very hot sunny days just to protect the vinyl. I think that is a bigger worry than paint fading.
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    Some colors are terrible for fading, some not so bad, but I don't think I've ever seen a GL1800 that looked faded yet. I think covering is the best idea, but wind, rain, all this plays havoc with covers.
    Here's 2 of my "RED" Kawasaki's that had seen some sun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lnd71 View Post
    So can you use 303 on the painted panels I use it on everything but never used it on the paint. Is it safe?
    Quote Originally Posted by Wingleader09 View Post
    Yes, I have used it before on painted surfaces and it didn't harm the paint. But to be sure, I just now sent an email to the company to see what they say. I'll post their answer.
    I believe you can. If you use the "aerospace-protectant. Check out the "recommended applications" here:
    http://www.303products.com/protectant/303r-aerospace-protectant.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by thecruiser View Post
    I believe you can. If you use the "aerospace-protectant. Check out the "recommended applications" here:
    http://www.303products.com/protectant/303r-aerospace-protectant.html
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    I read that. It doesn't say painted or clear coated surfaces. That's why I emailed the company. Like I posted earlier, I have used 303 on my tank and there was no ill effect from it. But having said that, I do believe a high quality paste wax with UV protection like Mothers FX Synwax or something similar would be a better option on painted surfaces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thecruiser View Post
    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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    Larry, you won't be disappointed in 303. Not only on the bike's seat, but on any surface. It contains a sunscreen so you could probably use it on you skin while in your speedo around the pool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingleader09 View Post
    Yes, I have used it before on painted surfaces and it didn't harm the paint. But to be sure, I just now sent an email to the company to see what they say. I'll post their answer.
    I finally got an answer to the question I sent about using 303 product on painted and clear coated surfaces. Here is the answer...

    Hello Jim,

    Thank you for contacting Gold Eagle Company. For painted and clear coated surfaces we recommend using 303 Speed Detailer. This product will also provide UV protection (SPF 40) to your motorcycle. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Have a great day!

    Tyler Rossdeutcher
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimpy View Post
    Larry, you won't be disappointed in 303. Not only on the bike's seat, but on any surface. It contains a sunscreen so you could probably use it on you skin while in your speedo around the pool.
    You DO NOT want to see Larry in a speedo - the mental image is bad enough, the real thing will cause spontaneous blindness and small animals and children to cry in fear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssncob View Post
    You DO NOT want to see Larry in a speedo - the mental image is bad enough, the real thing will cause spontaneous blindness and small animals and children to cry in fear.
    Not only that, I also have the ability to search out any Pulled Pork restaurants in the area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thecruiser View Post
    Not only that, I also have the ability to search out any Pulled Pork restaurants in the area.
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