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Author Topic: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls  (Read 647 times)

Offline Ryan Stecken

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Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« on: Sep 04, 2017, 11:30:08 »
Hey guys!

I´m currently in the process of stuff I want to restore over winter and ran into a problem.
I want to strip and repaint my bar controls of my Yamaha RD.
But how do I go about the plastic push buttons and switches that are already slighlty faded?
Will polishing paste do the trick?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #1 on: Sep 04, 2017, 16:09:04 »
Check out yambits for replacements.

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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #2 on: Sep 05, 2017, 09:02:29 »
They look in pretty good shape.  They were not painted to begin with.  I wold just use some Armor all to brighten them up.
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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #3 on: Sep 05, 2017, 09:08:24 »
I have special plans with them.
I will remove the stickers (which are ugly as F) and let a good friend engrave the letters dirctly into the cast aluminium.

Just checked ebay and yambits for switches...really expensive and/or not available.

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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #4 on: Sep 05, 2017, 14:26:41 »
They sell the knobs and decals separately Ryan.

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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #5 on: Sep 05, 2017, 15:46:08 »
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Offline hillsy

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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #6 on: Sep 05, 2017, 23:12:23 »
You can also bring back colour into plastics by heating them with a heat gun. I've done this quite often on panels, but you might want to be a bit more careful if you try it on switches.

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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #7 on: Sep 05, 2017, 23:32:31 »
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I wold just use some Armoral to brighten them up.

Armoral might work Ok on the plastic, but don't use it anywhere near a surface that you later want to paint. Armoral contains silicon, and paint will never ever stick to any surface that has been touched by silicon.
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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #8 on: Sep 06, 2017, 14:58:40 »
You can also bring back colour into plastics by heating them with a heat gun. I've done this quite often on panels, but you might want to be a bit more careful if you try it on switches.

I might try this, thanks for posting this.
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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #9 on: Sep 07, 2017, 09:40:10 »
You can also bring back colour into plastics by heating them with a heat gun. I've done this quite often on panels, but you might want to be a bit more careful if you try it on switches.

Hey hillsy thanks for the tip!
that means just slighlty heating up the surface and then letting it cool down?


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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #10 on: Sep 07, 2017, 09:54:34 »
Hey hillsy thanks for the tip!
that means just slighlty heating up the surface and then letting it cool down?


Sort of. It's a bit different for every type of panel though. Best thing for you to do would be to grab an old plastic inner mudguard and experiment. As you heat the plastic you will see the colour come back into it. You have to make sure you don't heat it too much in one spot or the plastic will bubble up or melt.

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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #11 on: Sep 08, 2017, 03:11:22 »
First thing I'd try would be some car interior refresher. (in German: Cockpit Spray) I generally prefer "Armor All" over "Nigrin".
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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #12 on: Sep 08, 2017, 10:40:40 »
Armor all is not advised. It accelerates the fading due to the silicon which works as a magnifying glass on the plasticizers. The film on a car windshield is the stuff I'm talking about. It's your dashboard migrating to your windshield.

There are better products to protect plastic like Vinyex. Heat works. I've read you can boil plastics to bring em back.

I've had great success on greyed chalky car bumpers with black shoe polish. No joke it's the only thing that lasted and years!

The kiwi brand stuff with the sponge applicator is what I used.

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Re: Restoring Yamaha Bar Controls
« Reply #13 on: Sep 10, 2017, 07:26:14 »
Be careful if you're going to heat the plastic. I don't know if it works an all plastics, I've heard it doesn't. Don't know for sure though


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