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Old 02-29-2016, 03:29 PM   #1
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Detailing Questions

So, I just got a new (to me) bike and the previous owner did not maintain the paint to my standards. So in short, she's in need of a good clay and wax.

Any suggestions on who to use for detailing? I don't want to go to just some random detail shop that isn't familiar with bikes.

Or, if there's someone here who would like to help me clay the thing, i'll buy the beer/pizza
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Old 03-01-2016, 08:31 AM   #2
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Hm...nobody has any suggestions? I can't be the only one that wants to have a bike detailed....
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You need help clay barring the bike? Are you retarded, or just lazy?
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Using a clay bar is very easy. Look for Mothers Gold Clay Bar kit at Autozone or Oreilys.
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Clay, polish, and then wax
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You need help clay barring the bike? Are you retarded, or just lazy?
Neither retarded nor lazy... Just don't know how to do it and I'm a bit of a perfectionist. Rather learn from someone who knows how than find out through trial and error.
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I am the "King of Clean"...ride out to Brenham and enjoy a day of cleaning and riding...lol...probably more riding than cleaning...doesnt take long to clean a bike...
Careful... I may well take you up on that... This thing likes to eat miles...
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Clay bar and detail spray. AutoZone, O Reillys etc. Mothers or Meguiars.
Wash the bike first.
After it's dry take the detail spray and dampen a 2x2 area. Rub the area with the clay.
If the clay starts grabbing too much mist it with another shot of spray.
Once the panel is smooth move to the next one.
Knead the clay occasionally to expose cleaner sections. Don't drop it/get grit in it.
Follow with a polish and then a wax.
Adams has a bunch of good videos on the process, and for the novice/occasional detailer makes a good product:
http://adamspolishes.com/video
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Clay bar and detail spray. AutoZone, O Reillys etc. Mothers or Meguiars.
Wash the bike first.
After it's dry take the detail spray and dampen a 2x2 area. Rub the area with the clay.
If the clay starts grabbing too much mist it with another shot of spray.
Once the panel is smooth move to the next one.
Knead the clay occasionally to expose cleaner sections. Don't drop it/get grit in it.
Follow with a polish and then a wax.
Adams has a bunch of good videos on the process, and for the novice/occasional detailer makes a good product:
http://adamspolishes.com/video
I love Adams products, but I don't love how they try to constantly hype up new "gee-wiz" items. I understand that they may not be able to sustain themselves solely on people purchasing the basics from them, but some of the things they suggest are necessary to detailing are just downright silly. I would have to agree with your statement. I feel they are good for novices and pro-sumers (who are by no means professionals but are somewhat devoted hobbyists) alike.
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Careful... I may well take you up on that... This thing likes to eat miles...
We await your arrival...check my ride threads...come early...clean bike...enjoy a great ride...
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What side of town? My buddy does detail work in Angleton area.
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What side of town? My buddy does detail work in Angleton area.
SW Houston - Westchase area.
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x2 with what Patrick said.

With detailing, you get out what you put in.
The extra work will be worth it when you're sitting back drinking a beer and grinning about how much better she looks.
I'm a clean freak, too, so depending on how bad it is, I might even remove the plastics from the bike to really take my time with it.
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What can I say? I'm too busy licking windows to figure it out...
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Clay bar and detail spray. AutoZone, O Reillys etc. Mothers or Meguiars.
Wash the bike first.
After it's dry take the detail spray and dampen a 2x2 area. Rub the area with the clay.
If the clay starts grabbing too much mist it with another shot of spray.
Once the panel is smooth move to the next one.
Knead the clay occasionally to expose cleaner sections. Don't drop it/get grit in it.
Follow with a polish and then a wax.
Adams has a bunch of good videos on the process, and for the novice/occasional detailer makes a good product:
http://adamspolishes.com/video
I was going to say this but you got it all down.

I have a porter cable buffer and the entire 9 yards for detailing cars/motorcycles.
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