I am a detailer on the side and normally gas will not do to much damage as long as it is not an on going thing. In your case I do not know if the gas leaked the full seven days or if just leaked the first.
Anyway, without pics all I can do is suggest what I would do. Rubbing coumpound is a cleaner and has very little cutting capability. You need to be a little more aggressive... I will explain.
Do you have access to a DA (dual action) polisher? If you are not experianced DO NOT use a rotary, you will burn right through clear coat and paint in seconds!!!!!
If you can not get a DA then go by hand but it will not give you the same results....
What you will need:
Quick misting detial spray (this is the liquid wax you use between waxing)
Cutting compound (this is not the same as rubbing compound)
If you have a DA you will need:
First wash the tank then use the detailing mist to lube the surface area you are about to clay. Clay the whole tank this way and be sure to use microfiber towels and lots of them. The worst thing you can do is use dirty towels.
Then you are going to want to cut. Cutting is a microabrasion for you paint. Some cutting compound is more aggresive the others but with a DA it is very hard for someone to screw up their paint beyond what I can fix. A rotary buffer....within seconds you can be looking at steel!!!! PM me if you want to know more about what type of cutting compounds to use.
THen you change your pad and use polish. Polish is going to put back the oils into your paint that will make the whole bike look uniform. What people do not relize is that paint has layers just like skin. Clear coat failure is a result of the clear coat being abused and not being nurished. Thus it seperates from the paint. Polish is like lotion it keeps things nicy nicy! Gas has oils and what you are seeing is were the clear coat got to nicy nicy....
After polish you want to protect your work and keep gas from hurting you again. This is were we wax and we always use at least 3 coats. Not all wax is the same... do not use that shit that says it lasts a year. Garbage!!! Your may choices are poly style wax and natural wax. With your bike being purple you are better off going with a natural wax - it will make that purple pop!!!!
Again PM me if you want to know brand names or what to get. This is fixable but you are going to need to spend some money doing it but not near the amount for a repaint.
If you do not want to buy this stuff. FInd a dedicated detailer that REALLY knows his shit!!! Do not use the carwash people. It will cost a little more but you know it will get done right!!!!! Ask him what his process will be, if it is the same as mine, then he is doing it right, regardless of brand names. If I was there I would use the rotoary to cut your paint but I have years working paint and body.
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Last edited by bigseadaddy; 04-10-2011 at 07:12 AM.