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Old 01-24-2008, 10:47 AM   #1
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Waxing your bike

http://www.soundrider.com/archive/tips/wax-job.htm

Is all this really necessary? Or is this more for professional jobs?
I washed my bike and I guess the sponge was too coarse and it left marks. I was told I could wax to get it off, but then told my someone else that you can't use regular car wax. :dontknow:
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:40 AM   #2
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i ride in the rain to clean my bike; only clean it off with industrial strength orange clean from work. of course it's not too pretty when im done, but the paint speaks for itself
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<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< wax ON
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> wax OFF
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:53 AM   #4
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Any body else, any suggestions?
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Just use Turtle Wax liquid wax I think its like 7 bucks at vatozone, works really good.
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what they are telling you to do is badass, but cmon, how many people take a clay bar to their bikes on a regular basis?

good and clean and wax with a high quality wax has allways been fine for me.

try to get 100% carnuba wax, avoid waxes with petrochemical solvents, look for a motorcycle specific wax. I personally use Zymol wax, not MC specific, but definately a qaulity wax.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:08 PM   #7
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nice link by the way, im sure that there is some good detailing info in there somewhere
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Well I don't use wax really. I go to autozone and get the paint polish. I also have a bottle of turtle wax's rubbing compund and with my 6 inch buffer I got from homedepot for 20 bucks I buff out what little scratches I see and polish the buffed area and the rest of the bike with the polish. Butter wax works really well if you can find it and will wash off when you clean the bike. that way you don't get a build up like other waxes. the polish washes off also so looks clean and shiny. Most of this they told me about in the auto body classes and the body shop I used to work for.
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I work at a car wash and the wax that I would recommend using is either destiny zymol or carbon zymol thats a really high grade wax, before you use a zymol wax, use their HD cleanse before to make it last longer. If your looking to go a cheaper route us a carnauba wax with a polish and compound as well to make the wax stay on the bike longer. Clay bar is a good Idea as well, but unless you know how to use it with out messing up the paint get a detailer at a car wash to do it. Hope this helps a little bit
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i just want to know if the wax will get those scratches out period, or if there is something else i should use .
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t.dubya is right with the Zymol tho. But try using the hd cleanse before. It will make the wax last longer and more deeper
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just depends on how deep the scratches are, I would have to look at them to be able to tell you if they could come out. Using just a wax often won't buff out scratches. U have to use a compound, polish, then a wax! What part of town r u in?
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i'm far north, I'll take a pic after a while and tell me what you guys think...
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Old 01-24-2008, 01:15 PM   #14
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just dont wax your tires.......a guy at my job did that. dropped it going out of his drive way...........
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If you are asking how to take out a scratch, buy soome rubbing compund that has a fine grit in the compund to rub out the scratches then after wards get polish to bring the shine out of it. if you really wanted to could use 3000 grit and wetsand but compound will mostly take light scratches from the clear off. if you want buy a buffer from the store, homedepot has a ryobi for 20dollars that will not let you burn the pain but will take out scratches no problem. If you have anymoer questions pm me I am taking classes and do this on the side. if not let me know I wouldn't mind taking them out of the bike for you for like a 6pk of bud select
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only thing to do is try it and see if it works...... try and wax it out if that doesnt work try a mild buffing compound......... but with all things new take it slow and work in small areas so if you do mess up it wont show as bad.
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I use liquid turtle wax too, works well as far as leaqving a clean smooth surface, but what do y'all "wax off" with? I think i leave minor buff marks just using a shop towel.
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I use liquid turtle wax too, works well as far as leaqving a clean smooth surface, but what do y'all "wax off" with? I think i leave minor buff marks just using a shop towel.


Get some microfiber towels. Takes wax off like nothing.
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Well I don't use wax really. I go to autozone and get the paint polish. I also have a bottle of turtle wax's rubbing compund and with my 6 inch buffer I got from homedepot for 20 bucks I buff out what little scratches I see and polish the buffed area and the rest of the bike with the polish. Butter wax works really well if you can find it and will wash off when you clean the bike. that way you don't get a build up like other waxes. the polish washes off also so looks clean and shiny. Most of this they told me about in the auto body classes and the body shop I used to work for.
BOO! Swirl marks.
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