Weekend Project – restoring the fuel lid

I spent some weekend time pampering my bike. Pressure washed the engine area to get rid of some built-up gunk and applied a layer of wax (more specifically, a layer of polymer sealant – Autoglym’s Extra Gloss Protection) on the paintwork. It’s been some time since I treated the paint and I thought it was about time.

And since I was on the subject of paint, my fuel tank lid has accumulated some scratches and paint peel on it. Some of which was my own contribution (fuel station’s nozzle hitting the paintwork), but the majority of it was by the previous owner of the bike. You see, when I purchased the bike pre-owned, the fuel tank lid was already quite badly scratched up.

Closeup of tank lid before spray painting.
Closeup of tank lid before spray painting.

So I removed the tank cover, sanded down the existing paint, prepped the area, and spray painted the tank lid.

Prepped for spray painting.
Prepped for spray painting.
Viola! (Almost) new tank lid!
Viola! (Almost) new tank lid!

Pretty pleased with the results. Total spent? $4.80 for a can of acrylic paint.

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