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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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When washing your bike avoid direct sunlight to avoid soap drying. That leaves residue.
Armor all chrome wheel cleaner works better than aluminum wheel cleaner cause it's more aggressive. Do sections at a time and do not use it on UN clear coated aluminum. It will etch it. Spray on all areas you can apply it to.
Saturate the area, let it dwell long enough without it drying and use a pressure washer to clean those areas off. On the black wrinkle finish on the motor,
On the wheels, and on the dirt stained painted areas , these will come much cleaner than you can do with out it. Make sure when doing your wheels that you rotate them 180 degrees so the whole wheel is clean. That stuff works great on spoke rims as well. A great all around polish is mequairs diamond cut polish. Very versatile. With an applicator use it on all painted surfaces including frame rails. Clean off with micro fibers. #00 steel wool or finer, an some polish will virtually clean anything off of chrome and glass .Without scratching it. This includes most stains on the exhaust. That's it for now. If anyone has A.Detail questions text me here and I can help. I have 33 years eco so I am not a rookie.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 05:15 PM
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The tip for spoke wheels is appriciated. With chain drive and spokes, they are never clean on mine. Will give it a try and post back in a few days.


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For white walls use Westley's Bleche White (yes that is the correct spelling). Just spray it on, wait a couple minutes and wipe with wet soapy sponge, then rinse. Tires will look brand new.

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Smedlin's detailing tips - Don't get the bike dirty

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I use the Westley's on mine. Great stuff!! Smedlin, one major flaw in your tip, I bought my bike to ride.
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I have used this product for years, rain or shine, bugs or not, bike can be cleaned in 10 minutes or less. Wolfgang products Fuzion Wax, $50 for 3oz or $175 for 8oz. It is Awesome on dark colors, makes my black bike look like its wet all the time!!! Give it a try, so slick you slide off and really can't even see fingerprints!! Wolfgang Füzion Carnauba Polymer Estate Wax @ Superior car care.
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Outshines the Hardley's!!

This was shot before getting on the Ferry to the Lonestar Rally in Galveston, you can see the depth and shine the Fuzion does to a Black bike!!!
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 07:51 PM
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I have boot prints on my exhuast, from theheel of my boot touching the exhuast on take off, what can I use to get it off there, Thx.
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These may work??

Did you try #oooo extra fine steel wool. maybe acetone to break it down first, if not, Don't shoot me for saying this but Honda brand detail in a can is some awesome cleaner, used it on bugs, pine sap, not a problem, good luck!!
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A lot of people swear by easy off oven cleaner (just make sure to read the instructions).

I've read several times about using "magic eraser". Sounds strange, but it's suppose to work. Do a forum search on it (and on oven cleaner)

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