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    Goop hand cleaner on an old neglected seat

    Another "tip" from a newbie that may be old news to you.

    The seat pan that came with the bike was really badly rusted, and I found another on ebay. However, I like the cover on the original seat better. Despite years of neglect outdoors, it has no cuts or tears. It was just dried out, faded, and the edges that need to be pliable to mount on to the new seat pan were very dirty, dry, and rigid.

    I saw several posts on the forum recommending Back to Black which I already had lying around. It definitely helped bring the seat back to life, but the edges were still stiff, etc.

    There was a link somewhere online recommending Goop hand cleaner on vinyl - a car restorer swore by it. Since I had a tube of Goop around, I thought what the heck. I lathered the seat up good with Goop and let it hang in the warmest room of the house for a few hours. Then I wiped it down with a wet rag to remove residual dirt and Goop. I can't believe the difference it made! I can't say its like new, but it seems close. It's pliable and looks nice!



    Assuming I get everything in working order and keep this bike, I may re-shape the seat and lose most or all of the step, but this way I can try it out in its original form.
    Drew

    1981 GS650L (one step at a time...lots to do)
    1994 Honda Shadow VLX (for sale in spring)
    2011 Suzuki DL650

    #2
    with or without pumice.
    did a lot of black nasty stuff come off on the cloth?
    1983 GS 550 LD
    2009 BMW K1300s

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      #3
      I'll keep GOOP in mind. Looks great.

      I've been using Armor-All for years to keep the seat (& tires, etc.) black -- and provide UV protection. Works great, but it makes the seat as slippery as ICE!!!
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      '77 GS550B
      '78 GS550C

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        #4
        Without pumice and no real nasty black stuff - mostly just dirt.
        Drew

        1981 GS650L (one step at a time...lots to do)
        1994 Honda Shadow VLX (for sale in spring)
        2011 Suzuki DL650

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          #5
          Originally posted by xkaes View Post
          I'll keep GOOP in mind. Looks great.

          I've been using Armor-All for years to keep the seat (& tires, etc.)
          Maybe I'm mistaken, but I thought armor-all on motorcycle tires was a big NO-NO.
          Larry

          '79 GS 1000E
          '93 Honda ST 1100 SOLD-- now residing in Arizona.
          '18 Triumph Tiger 800 (gone too soon)
          '19 Triumph Tiger 800 Christmas 2018 to me from me.

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            #6
            Porque? I've been using it on all my tires -- MC & car -- for years.
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            '77 GS550B
            '78 GS550C

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              #7
              Originally posted by alke46 View Post
              Maybe I'm mistaken, but I thought armor-all on motorcycle tires was a big NO-NO.
              It is.




              Originally posted by xkaes View Post
              Porque? I've been using it on all my tires -- MC & car -- for years.
              You're pretty lucky. It's fine on car tires, but not on a motorcycle. Too easy for it to end up on the tread and/or rotor.





              Anyway, the Goop trick for vinyl makes some sense. Among other things, it contains a bunch of lanolin along with solvents. Maybe the solvents help the lanolin get into the vinyl and soften things up.

              Keep an eye on it and update the GSR Hive Mind after a few months or years!
              Last edited by bwringer; 02-07-2022, 12:31 AM.
              1983 GS850G, Cosmos Blue.
              2005 KLR685, Aztec Pink - Turd II.3, the ReReReTurdening
              2015 Yamaha FJ-09, Magma Red Power Corrupts...
              Eat more venison.

              Please provide details. The GSR Hive Mind is nearly omniscient, but not yet clairvoyant.

              Celeriter equita, converteque saepe.

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                #8
                That's really cool! The seat on my TC is rock hard, but not torn up. I was going to try Vaseline. This looks like it will work even better. Not sure if I'll be aloud to hang it in the shower. I'll probably leave it on overnight in the garage.
                My Fleet
                2008 HD Sportster Roadster 1200 the cruiser
                2001 Yamaha FZ1 old guy's sport bike
                Yamaha TW200 year unknown the ranch runner
                1983 GS1100E parts/project wants to be a bike again
                1970 Suzuki TC90

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Madbikebreaker View Post
                  I'll probably leave it on overnight in the garage.
                  Yeah - I bet your garage is a lot warmer than mine at the moment! I did get a little puddle of melted goop underneath. If I did it over, I would put a takeout container or something underneath.
                  Drew

                  1981 GS650L (one step at a time...lots to do)
                  1994 Honda Shadow VLX (for sale in spring)
                  2011 Suzuki DL650

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by martinlucas
                    . use goop hand cleaner to scrub the entire surface of the toilet seat.
                    I don't think we're discussing toilets.

                    Rich -1982 GS 750TZ
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Rich82GS750TZ View Post

                      I don't think we're discussing toilets.
                      Martin is - he seems to like it.
                      Whatever floats his bot.
                      ---- Dave
                      79 GS850N - Might be a trike soon.
                      80 GS850T Single HIF38 S.U. SH775, Tow bar, Pantera II. Gnarly workhorse & daily driver.
                      79 XS650SE - Pragmatic Ratter - goes better than a manky old twin should.
                      92 XJ900F - Fairly Stock, for now.

                      Only a dog knows why a motorcyclist sticks his head out of a car window

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