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Old 01-12-2012, 09:12 PM   #41
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Distilled water and a sponge for regular cleaning. I use a little spot of dish soap for really tough stains. I'm going to do a really thorough cleaning this weekend though, with car soap. White plastics are a though!
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Best cleaner I ever used " Classic Wax"!!! Either the detail spray or wax in can.
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I pull it out of the garage, sit on a beach chair and after 7 shots of Yukon Jack.......... it just looks clean . . . . THen I psu so pp push it cbaldka bak in the ragarage ans apossoo I al and then I pslsoaa[as oh nell - . . . I pass ss ouso out on teh front porosp p porch .. . . nnice an shiney !!!?Q#@ !!!! thank you veyr fukcin MUCH !!!
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Dawn soap, dry, then give her a quick wipe down with pledge! Thts right, I said pledge! Works badass. Been doing this for over 2 years like that and no issues with paint.
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I pull it out of the garage, sit on a beach chair and after 7 shots of Yukon Jack.......... it just looks clean . . . . THen I psu so pp push it cbaldka bak in the ragarage ans apossoo I al and then I pslsoaa[as oh nell - . . . I pass ss ouso out on teh front porosp p porch .. . . nnice an shiney !!!?Q#@ !!!! thank you veyr fukcin MUCH !!!
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lightly clean overall almost daily, with just water

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then usually the whole bike weekly (or immediately riding in the rain)
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I dont think I have ever used soap on any of my bikes ever!
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1. Meguiars Ultimate Wash and Wax - Wash it and then dry it really well.
2. Meguiars Clay Kit - Clay your bike so that it can be smooth.
3. Clean with Meguiars Ultimate Compound (Only if there's water spots or swirls) - Rub, wait, get rid with MICROFIBER towel.
4. Turtle Wax or Meguiars Ultimate Wax - Rub, wait, get rid with MICROFIBER towel.
5. You choice of adding a second coat of wax
Done! That's what I do on my car...
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Take it out in the country and let the domestics take care of it.
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S-100 is the best bike cleaner made.
Spray it all over the whole bike then rinse it off. Towel dry and done.
Doesn't remove wax, won't hurt paint or stickers, dissolves bugs and leaves it clean.

Motorcycles Unlimited has it as well as CG.
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I use a spray and wipe cleaner they carry at the dealership i work, but once a month depending on how much i've ridden it. Ill rinse it down with the hose to get all the dust that's built up in between the fairings, behind the windscreen, etc. This goes along with cleaning and re lubing the chain as well.
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I've got a couple different methods, all modified from my car processes.

I'll usually start with the wheels/suspension/swingarm. If they're all very grimy, I'll spray them with a diluted water/simple green mixture. When diluted, its a very safe and effective degreaser. I'll let it soak a couple minutes, then get to work with various sponges and brushes. Please, for the lvoe of whoever your is, don't use these same sponges on your paint/bodywork!

Next I'll move onto the body work. With a clean bucket and dedicated sponge/wash mit, I'll mix up some water and soap. If I am planning on using a clay bar on the paint, I'll wash with Dawn dish soap and water. The Dawn helps remove any old wax or polish- I will usually do two washes to ensure its all gone.

I leave the bike wet and start with the clay bar and lube. The clay bar removes contaminants from the paint, everything from water spot minerals, acid rain residue, embedded particles, etc. On a car, this is a slow process. Thankfully a bike takes considerably less time! Once I'm done with the clay, I will give it one final wash with the Dawn to remove any residue. I also give it a final rinse with distilled water- this water has no minerals in it, so it won't leave water spots.

Time to dry it with your towel of choice, I prefer Microfiber waffle weave towels or 100% USA cotton towels with the borders removed- the borders aren't usually cotton and will leave swirl marks in the paint. Dry the entire bike, including the wheels.

Now is where I have to make another choice, depending on what type of correction the paint needs. If you have deep swirls and/or scratches, I will need to use something like Menzerna's Super Intensive polish on my Porter Cable random orbital buffer. Again, on a car, this can take hours. On a bike, I can knock it out pretty quickly. Thankfully, the worst spots on a bike are usually the gas tank and top of the tail section.

When I get the paint where I like it with the Menzerna, I like to do a last pass with something less abrasive- I like the Tropi-Care swirl remover, but am about to purchase Wolfgang's version of it and give that a try.

What this leaves you with is a super smooth, near scratchless surface. There is a noticeable difference, but you're not done yet! If you leave it as is, it'll get mucked up very fast since there is no protection!

Yet another choice- paint sealant or carnuba wax? Carnuba wax is natural, while paint sealant is not. Some say wax will give you a deeper shine and melt into the paint, while sealant will sit "on top of" the paint. Its all relative, either will work! I will say, paint sealant lasts much longer for me, so I usually go that route. Bikes are so small, I'll usually end up wit 2 or 3 coats of sealant on the paint in a very short amount of time. Top it off wit h a matching spray detailer, and your bike will be protected for a very long time!

This entire process can take from 2-4 hours on a bike. The good news is once you've started with a clean slate and protect it with a good sealant or wax, the next washes aren't nearly as tedious. Wash it down with a car wash soap- I like Zaino or Wolfgang, and dry it off. If you're feeling frisky, thats also a good time to add another coat or two of your sealant and/or quick detail spray.
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