For motorcycle enthusiasts, riding your bike hard can lead to some wear and tear. Since a well-maintained motorcycle can keep you on the road, make sure to take good care of your motorcycle. This goes beyond keeping your bike in tune - it also means taking care of scratches in your motorcycle's plastic headlight lenses so that the lights can shine through at full force. Kits that will help you get rid of your scratches quickly are out there, so before you hit the road again, be sure to fix those lens scratches first.
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Things you need
- Plastic lens cleaning kit
- Electric drill
- Masking tape (optional)
Purchase a plastic lens cleaning kit from a motorcycle or auto care shop. Black Baron Plastic Lens Polishing Kit ($34.99 as of September 2010), Diamondite Clear Plastic System Kit for Plastic Headlight Lenses ($59.99) and Wolfgang Plastik Lens Cleaning System ($59.99) are all good choices. Each comes with a product for cleaning, a product for buffing, and a product for polishing lenses, as well as towels to wipe lenses and foam attachments to turn your electric drill into a buffer. All these products specifiy the same basic instructions.
Tape off the area around the lenses to prevent any surrounding paint from being damaged. This is not necessary, but it's a good precaution.
Spray the lens cleaning product over the lens and let it sit for 5 to 10 seconds. Wipe off the residue with the towel provided (it's a towel that won't scratch your plastic lens).
Secure the foam attachment for buffing out the scratches to your electric drill (you also will have an attachment used to polish the lens, so be sure not to confuse the two). Apply the product used to remove scratches in the shape of an X to the foam pad. Place the coated foam pad on your lens and turn on the drill. Move the drill in an up-and-down and left-and-right motion over the lens for about 20 seconds (until the foam starts to dry). Wipe the residue off the lens with the towel provided. If you still see scratches, repeat this step as many times as necessary to remove them.
Secure the foam attachment used to polish the lenses to your electric drill. Apply the product used to polish your lenses in the shape of an X on the foam pad. Place the coated foam pad on your lens and turn on the drill. Move the drill in an up-and-down and left-and-right motion over the lens until it is shiny. Wipe any excess polish off the lens with the towel provided, and remove the masking tape from your motorcycle.
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