Honda started changing their plastic formulations around this time and the plastic was thinner and more brittle.
This new plastic formulation is very hard to work with, but we fixed the discoloration, scratches and scuffs.
Not only severe scratching, but a nice muffler burn right on the corner. Ouch!
Three days later a new tank is born.
Shiny and beautiful this tank went on to finish a complete restoration.
Detailing the underside of these later year tanks is grueling.
Non-OEM decals left on a tank, or any plastic for a period of time, can cause considerable damage.
Some color contrast is evident under the decal outline. This is okay if on an OEM sticker and you plan to replace it.
A sizeable decal outline on the top. You can tell it's been there for quite a few years t he crusty white is a dead give away. Not looking good.
1978 Kawaski KX 125 back to its original status. Lots of work, but worth it in the end. This will make or brake a bike.
No decal outlines. Higher density plastic (Yazaki) utilized on Suzuki RM is a bit harder to cut. Usually not an issue if correct decal placement.
Although decal outlines are out, some some slight browning was retained in plastic from oil saturation. Not very noticeable and the decal will cover a good portion.
This tank came to us showing signs of severe neglect.
Scuffs, oxidation, fading, the whole works.
In just two days time, we had this tank in shape to send back to its proud owner.
A nice looking tank came in as the missing piece to a perfect restoration.
Overall the condition of this tank was in very good shape for its year. The deep gouges on the corners can be especially tricky to repair.
Deep gouging under previous decals had to be cut out. A polished surface would have brought the damage right out.
After applying several rennovation techniques, the tank is ready for stickers.
All the rock rash and gouging is gone.
This tank exhibits typical yellowing from the use of two-stroke oil.
Additionally, the tank showed signs of scuffing and oxidation.
Being an earlier project, and a personal fun bike as well, the tank was not finished to today's Plastic Renovation's standards.
With the tank all shiny, it's ready for installation onto the frame and application of new decals. She's really a beauty.
Aged Montessa tank is in over-all sad shape
Decal evidence, gouges, oxidation and over scuffing.
Almost ready to mount.
This Montessa's ready to go.
This tank was in horrible condition.
There wasn't a good starting point to be found.
We were able to remove all the sun checking with the exception one very deep spot.
And now this is a beautiful example of a 1982 CR 480 tank.