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Old 06-20-2007, 03:56 PM
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Hi all,

I'm replacing all the plastics on my 89 YZ250 and now realize just how yellow my gas tank is in comparison to the new white pieces. Does anybody know of a way or a cleaner that can restore, or partially restore, the white plastic of the gas tank?
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Old 06-20-2007, 04:08 PM
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There is no way of making it white again that I am aware of. New tank time!
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Old 06-21-2007, 10:02 AM
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Satch did some work a while ago on a vintage YZ that had a faded tank on it (I think it was Yellow though) and he did some sanding magic on it that really made it look good.

do a search and see if you can find it.
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Old 06-21-2007, 07:54 PM
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I've heard that you can soak it in bleach for a couple days. I don't know if it weakens the tank, but it should take the yellow out.
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Old 06-22-2007, 10:10 AM
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Thanks. I will do a search on sanding magic. I will let you guys know what I find.

As for the bleach - I didn't try soaking but I did give a nice rub down with a strong bleach concentration. It did clean it up some but I think mostly the old gas residue and other stains. I will try soaking an see what happens.

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Old 06-22-2007, 11:03 AM
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Woody,

I did several searches for "sanding magic" - came up empty. I'll keep looking.

Thanks.
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Old 06-23-2007, 12:33 PM
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Sanding won't help with your tank. The gas has soaked through, causing the yellowing. You can't sand it away with a gas tank. If you try the bleach idea, let it soak for a couple days to let the bleach work its way into the plastic.
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Old 06-23-2007, 06:37 PM
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Woody,

I did several searches for "sanding magic" - came up empty. I'll keep looking.

Thanks.
Sorry, he didn't call it sanding magic. That's my term.

I'd search for yz rebuild... hmm, can't think of anything else, but I think the thread is in the vintage forums.
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