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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-02-2010, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Gasoline on clearcoat, any fix?

Hello all,

I'm new to motorcycles and making my teething mistakes early unfortunately. I filled up my motorcycle today for the first time, and accidentally got some gasoline on the tank of my 07 Thruxton. Not knowing any better, I tried to wipe it off with a paper towel. Unfortunately this left a rather mottled spot in the clearcoat that detracts from the shiny nice paint and doesn't look very good.

Can anyone recommend the best way/product to remove, smooth over, or cover up a spot like this? I was amazed how quickly it happened. I knew not to let it sit there, but pretty much as soon as it got on, it seemed to be too late.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-02-2010, 09:12 PM
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I've spilled gasoline on my tank multiple times, usually from defective pump nozzles, sometimes from defective rider . I gently wipe it off, then clean and polish when I get home. So far, it's had no effect on the paint at all, that I can see.

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That seems very odd - a little gas shouldn't hurt clear coat. It might strip some wax, but the paint shouldn't be hurt by a splash. I'm sure we've all done it at some point.

I'm thinking I'd start with some basic hand polishing the a good coat of wax. If that doesn't do it, there are more aggressive steps that can be taken with a DA and compounds and/or wet sanding, but give some polish by hand a try first.

And good quality polish should do. I happen to like Mequires products for easy to find stuff, and use 3M stuff for more serious work.

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Gasoline can hurt the brilliance of the clear. It is actually better to let the gasoline evaporate rather than wiping it off, as wiping, even lightly, is more abrasive than the evaporating gasoline.

A good hand polish should bring the shine back, and then wax it. In the event that hand polishing doesn't bring it back, stop by an auto body repair or detail shop and have them hit the tank with a polishing wheel. You shouldn't need to color sand and buff for a gasoline spill, unless the clear is very old and very thin.

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Get some Mcguires Scratch-X at the AP store. It is for polishing clear coat, and will remove the stains.
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some spray wax will clean that right up...
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