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Old 02-01-2011, 02:44 PM   #1
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I was wondering what some of you guys use to detail your bikes, I see some super clean bikes on here, which products do you like best? Do you use a pressure washer?

As a daily commuter I don't get to keep my bike as pristine as I would like, but when I clean it on the weekends I like to use the S100 cycle cleaner and wheel cleaner. I can't seem to get all the nooks and crannies like others so I thought we might share some info.
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Depends on how clean you want to get it. The bike I have now I just spray with a hose and quickly wipe it down. To do a really good job I would use WD40 on the engine parts, metal, and wheels. Takes a lot of patience. On my Aprilia I would wash it down good every week and once a month would take the wheels off so I could wash them as well as get all the gunk off the inside of the swingarm, sprockets, etc. Then I would wax it and polish the painted parts. The only products I use are Plexis for plastic, armor all wheel cleaner (doesn't leave white spots), WD40 for all the metal parts, automotive soap, and the microfiber rags from Costco. The ones from Costco don't require that you wash them before use. The ones from auto parts stores will actually scratch paint if you don't wash them first.
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S100 is quality IMO. stay away from a pressure washer IMO, it can push water/dirt/debris in places you don't want/need it. Use warms soapy water and take your time. I washed/waxed my truck this saturday and it took almost 4 hours because I took my time and cleaned/detailed everything i could get my hands on. I would suggest waxing your bike on a quarterly basis with NXT 2.0. There are far better waxes on the market but the NXT 2.0 goes on and comes off easily without much white residue. Use quality car wash soap ACCORDING TO MANUFACTURER directions. Too much soap can strip wax and damage clearcoat, too little doesn't provide the necessary lubrication to prevent scratches/swirls. For all plastic/rubber/vinyl trim I use 303 Products Aerospace Protectant. It provides a nice shine, UV protection, and does not attract dirt/dust like most other "shine" products do.
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I was wondering what some of you guys use to detail your bikes.
Oh there is just so much sarcastic I could say to that...

All bullshit aside though, its like detailing a car - nothing special. All depends just how extreme you want to get.

NXT2.0 is good stuff for general protection. Yeah, there's better but the better stuff takes a lot more work to apply as well.

Any good quality products will work just fine.

I'm sure you know this, but for the newbs who may be reading this thread

DO NOT USE ARMOR-ALL OR ANYTHING SIMILAR ON THE TIRES OR SEAT - unless you just really enjoy skin grafts.

303 is great for cleaning the rubber, but not easy to find. Wesley's Bleche White is excellent - and cheap - and you can buy it virtually anywhere. It will etch the out of your wheels though if you leave it on too long.
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Good advice so far, I want to do a MAJOR cleaning this weekend. I've never waxed this bike, so It's time, and I think I'll pull off the fairings to clean the motor, there's all kinds of grime going on down there.
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I have been using RainX wash&wax with carnuba wax beads for a soapy wash. Then I spot treat using RainX 2in1 glass cleaner weatherbeater for touch up if it's not too dirty. Results have always been good, when I actually wax it I use a Mothers or Meguiars product.
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depends but i've always liked simple green, proclean products and good old dishwashing soap. After i'm happy with the wash, i take a leafe blower or compressed air to the bike to get it almost completely dry.

Once dry i use a spray on- wipe off wax/polish.

I've been known to use a toothbrush and q-tips on my bikes.
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Please note: the 303 Products Aerospace Protectant I posted about IS NOT A CLEANER AND SHOULD NOT BE USED TO CLEAN YOUR TIRES! It is more of a "dressing" and UV protectant and can be found at any West Marine for $15.
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I've had my bike which is a 2007 GSX-R for some time now.... My bike has only seen water twice since I got itm and that was because rain came from nowhere. I'm not a person who rides daily, but even still..... Meguiars quick detailer spray with a micro fiber cloth, and a Swiffer duster are all I use on my bike.
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I've had my bike which is a 2007 GSX-R for some time now.... My bike has only seen water twice since I got itm and that was because rain came from nowhere. I'm not a person who rides daily, but even still..... Meguiars quick detailer spray with a micro fiber cloth, and a Swiffer duster are all I use on my bike.
Why on earth would you not let it see water?
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Why on earth would you not let it see water?
I wish I had an explanation for that.... Sadly, I don't. I hate my bike getting dirty I guess. Both times I got caught in the rain, I had to take the fairing off my bike to clean underneath the plastics, and it took me forever. I'm just strange about keeping everything I own in the best possible condition I guess.
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I come from an automotive detailing background, and use a lot of the same products.

I just got the Z1000 a little while ago and haven't addressed the paint in the detail I'd like to yet. I'll hit it with a clay bar first, since the area is so small it won't take any time at all. It will get some Menzerna's polish to remove the surface scratches, applied with a porter cable dual action polisher. I'll likely top it off with Zaino, to help lock in the shine. Upkeep after this will be easy with the Zaino Z6 spray detailer.

For the time being I've just used dish soap to help strip off any old wax/polish products, and super purple on the wheels/brakes to get ann the brake dust and road grime off.

I don't have any passengers so I like to shint up the rear seat with a vinyl protectant, looks great goign down the road.

For towels I like to use microfiber or 100% cotton towels. The towels are getting harder and harder to come by for a quality cotton, so I'm dwindling down the stock on those and using more of the nice microfiber ones.
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I come from an automotive detailing background, and use a lot of the same products.

I just got the Z1000 a little while ago and haven't addressed the paint in the detail I'd like to yet. I'll hit it with a clay bar first, since the area is so small it won't take any time at all. It will get some Menzerna's polish to remove the surface scratches, applied with a porter cable dual action polisher. I'll likely top it off with Zaino, to help lock in the shine. Upkeep after this will be easy with the Zaino Z6 spray detailer.

For the time being I've just used dish soap to help strip off any old wax/polish products, and super purple on the wheels/brakes to get ann the brake dust and road grime off.

I don't have any passengers so I like to shint up the rear seat with a vinyl protectant, looks great goign down the road.

For towels I like to use microfiber or 100% cotton towels. The towels are getting harder and harder to come by for a quality cotton, so I'm dwindling down the stock on those and using more of the nice microfiber ones.
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Is there a place anyone knows of to get a bike detailed? I've been to a few places and asked if they do bikes, but the usual response is "ummm, yeah..we can do that" but I don't want someone handling/cleaning my bike unless they do it on a regular basis
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