How to Repair Plastic Motorcycle Bodywork

Written by robert good
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Most motorcycle owners will have to repair their motorcycle's plastic body occasionally. Taking your motorcycle to the shop and having a professional repair the bike will cost you two or three time as much compared with doing it yourself. You'll need a basic knowledge of your motorcycle to remove the plastic body from the bike, along with some basic tools.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Ratchet set
  • 80-grit sandpaper
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • 227gr. gasoline
  • Towel
  • Auto spray primer
  • Auto spray paint

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  1. 1

    Remove the bolts securing the plastic body to the frame of the motorcycle, using the ratchet set. Pull the body off the frame and lay the body on a clean, flat and dry surface.

  2. 2

    Sand the surface of the motorcycle's body, using the 80-grit sandpaper to remove scratches and dents from the body. Once all of the dents and scratches have been removed, sand the body with the 120-grit sandpaper.

  3. 3

    Wipe the plastic body clean with a towel wet with gasoline. This will remove the dust left from the sanding and remove any oils that may be on the body. Allow the gas to evaporate completely.

  4. 4

    Apply one coat of auto spray primer to the entire surface of the plastic body and allow the coat to dry for one hour. Apply a second coat of the primer and allow that coat to dry for one hour.

  5. 5

    Apply two coats of auto spray paint to the plastic body with one hour drying time between each coat. Allow both coats of the paint to completely dry for about five hours and apply a third coat. Allow the paint to dry overnight.

Tips and warnings

  • If the plastic body has holes or cuts in it, use a body patch kit to make the repairs, then prime or paint.

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