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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-02-2008, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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paint protection/ not tank pads

what as anyone done to protect there paint of there gas tanks. I usually have tank protectors IE: techspec pads, but want a clear coat protection over my soon to be in possesion 09matte speedy gas tank.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-03-2008, 11:29 AM
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I like this site:
http://www.thetankslapper.biz/
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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-03-2008, 11:37 AM
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Why do you think you need them? Mine has over 21,000 miles in all types of weather (I live in the Great Northwest after all - if it is not raining now, it soon will be) and have used only wax - paint still looks great. Even the tank bag that is always mounted has made no marks.

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i had issues with just the plain jet black tank little barely unoticable grooves (only see them when the light hits) from tank bag etc.. now with a matte black paint job comming in, I would really like to provide a good layer of protection over paint. Matte black paint jobs are really sensitive to any extra rubbing or scratches. When constant rubbing accurs it goes to a shiny color and there is no way that I have heard of yet, to correct it.
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thanks, I ordered the 3m tank protector kit, but I am worried that it will add a glossy shine.
as anyone used 3m or tankslappers that can answer the following?
1) 3m shine, does it add a glossy look?
2) tankslapper how long does it last before it gets yellow tints?
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Just my opinion: let the matte paint get shiny and show that the bike is being used. It will look much nicer than some shiny clingwrap solution, that you will be agitating over instead of enjoying your new ride.

Same thing as on a nice leather couch. Some patina will just enhance the look, unlike keeping the factory wraps on for 20 years after purchase. If you insist on keeping tank factory fresh you can always use a Bagster/Baglux tankcover, but then nobody will see the pristine paint.
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-03-2008, 02:38 PM
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the 3M protective film works really well, I have it on the nose of my GTI. It will add some sheen, but I highly reccomend it
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tech Spec is #1 on matte black!

I have this on my matte black 09 and love it!!!
it looks better than anything else you can put on it IMHO!

I went with the snake skin,just tell them to send the one for the 08 it's the same tank!It's not shinny and Looks tough! feels great when you grip the tank! I really love it On mine !


http://www.techspec-usa.com/products/gs_triumph.html

And be sure to take those two stickers Off the fuel tank ASAP!

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I have this on my matte black 09 and love it!!!
it looks better than anything else you can put on it IMHO!

I went with the snake skin,just tell them to send the one for the 08 it's the same tank!It's not shinny and Looks tough! feels great when you grip the tank! I really love it On mine !


http://www.techspec-usa.com/products/gs_triumph.html

And be sure to take those two stickers Off the fuel tank ASAP!
this was covere in another topic, I am talking about paint protection for the whole tank. clear stuff.
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I bought one of their kits, comes in laser cut pieces and you spray the paintwork with a light solution of baby shampoo and water, spread and fit with a rubber squeegy, you get pieces for the side of the tank, nose cowl, side panels, front mudguard etc, make sure its warm when you fit, makes job 100% easier.

http://www.invisiblefilm.co.uk/
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