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Old 05-04-2015, 02:28 PM   #1
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Entering my 650 in a show in a couple of weeks. It's pretty grimy and dirty on the underside, with some caking too in inner mudguards.

Aside from brushes, rags, Simple Green and elbow grease, any recommended products out there that clean well, yet are easy on paint and aluminum?
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:58 PM   #2
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Robert,
I've had real good luck with a product called pig snot.
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Old 05-04-2015, 03:55 PM   #3
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Dow foaming bathroom cleaner works well. Just like s-2000 but much cheaper. If you have a Dollar General store their house brand is good. Prep-sol on a rag will dissolve a lot of grime under the bike but if you can put it on a jack and gunk it then pressure wash would be better.
I like to detail bikes and cars as it gives me a reason to sit back, drink a beer, light one up and admire my work.
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After you've washed & dried the bike, spray and wipe paint, chrome, glass and plastic with Liquid Ice detailing spray. You'll be pleasantly surprised with how easy it removes streaks and polishes out.


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Old 05-04-2015, 04:44 PM   #5
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... if you can put it on a jack and gunk it then pressure wash would be better.
All good advice and agree, a detailed bike can be very satisfying!

Gunk is OK on raw cast aluminum cases and paint?
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:59 PM   #6
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Robert,
I've used it for years and never yet had a problem with Gunk damaging cast aluminum or paint.
I just tried another Gunk product, it's supposed to be a spray-on detailer for motors. You just spray it on after you've already got every thing cleaned up. I was looking for something to apply to a new set of heads to hopefully make future cleaning a bit easier. It's a real pain trying to clean in between those fins. The jury is still out as far as how it holds up over time, but it puts a nice soft glow on cast aluminum. Or . . maybe I just bought 5 bucks worth of horse-piss .

I would be careful about using a pressure washer though. I did some work on a bike that the owner pressure washed and months later I found water in places that you don't ever want to see it - like inside the transmission case. About all I could figure is that somehow it found it's way in through the vent, a couple of tablespoons full. The motor oil showed evidence of water contamination as well, sort of milky looking .

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Old 05-05-2015, 05:50 AM   #7
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About pressure washing I agree you can go over board. I spray from a distance to get the effect of the high water flow but use some moderation. Always stay away from wheel bearings and wire junctions. On the bottom of the bike should be no problem.
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:51 AM   #8
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dont forget to put on clean underwear and ,get behind the ears
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Do NOT use Castrol Super Clean...that purple shit will clean everything off and make your polished surfaces gray and dull.
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Old 05-05-2015, 01:45 PM   #10
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Gibbs lube for me. Cleans, water proofs and keeps things from rusting. Also great at removing chain lube.
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Old 05-05-2015, 02:21 PM   #11
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I think I heard this from someone her on JJ ,But they had said when cleaning your bike , " soap and water are for your genitals not your bike " Words to live by I guess
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if ya keep it clean as much as you can, you wont need much cleaning when it comes to a show.....plus the bike will look better all the time,
less ''Rot'' will set in and the bike will never have that old ,tired ''Rebuild Me'' look....... I'm NOT the best at keeping a bike imaculate, but do try to keep it presentable as much as I can..
also a benefit is when cleaning weekly or even monthly you will find any loose nuts n bolts,fractured brackets,broken parts,Nails in ya Tyres, freyed cables and adjusters that need adjusting...so ya get a safer bike as well !!
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