We all like to keep our motorcycles looking sharp, clean, and shiny. However, after a few years of riding, some components on a motorcycle will begin to show the effects of aging. Further, if you have lost the battle with gravity and tipped your motorcycle at some point, you might have various dents and scratches.
While fixing metal dents and paint damage is more than most riders can handle, rejuvenating scratched plastic parts is a viable do-it-yourself project. We found a product for polishing plastics that sounded interesting, so we conducted a test.
Novus makes three different polishes designed to cover a range of scratches on most plastic products. The polishes are available in 2-ounce and 8-ounce sizes, so they are suitable for enthusiast use. They also offer a product called Polish Mates, which are designed for applying the polishes. The three polishes are:
We know what these products are supposed to do, now it’s time to see if they actually perform. Track the progress in the following photos:
The last two steps were shiny enough to be a challenge to photograph. The scratch in the lower left corner of the lens was intentionally left unpolished as a proof-mark.
The polishing system worked as advertised. While we didn’t time our test, the process of polishing was way faster than taking the pictures!
If you have owned your motorcycle for a few years or are considering buying a used motorcycle, you’ll appreciate Novus Plastic Polish. You can freshen up a motorcycle windshield and plastic light lens and make them look almost new again.
Be warned: Using this product was easy enough that you’ll likely find other things around the garage to polish, too.
Till next time, keep that motorcycle shiny—and ride safe!
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