I'll soap and water wash it this weekend. Not sure if the bike has been waxed lately since I just purchased it a couple weeks ago. What kind of wax do you use? I'll wax it too. Then pick up some lemon pledge to keep it clean. This bike is so nice I dint ever want to see it dirty. Ride a while then clean a while.
Google EZ Detail Brush. This thing is the nuts if you want to keep your bike clean. Gets in all the nooks and crannies, doesn't scratch and is gentle on the paint.
I use Comet Cleanser on the whitewalls (taught to me by an old time used car detailer). And Pledge is great for a quick wipedown between wash and waxes, I prefer Meguiars for wax or should I say polish?
I use a leaf blower to dry the bike after washing. I use Nevr-Dull on the rims and spokes a couple times a season.
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Lemon pledge over the entire bike? That's not rough on the paint?
Not sure by what you mean "rough" on the paint. There isn't any kind of solvent or abrasive in the pledge, if that's what you mean. I actually started using it after getting a tip from a bunch of guys that habit car shows. They use Pledge for that quick "just waxed" shine after rolling their car into place, gets rid of that brief bit of outside dust and the fingerprints, etc. If those guys trust it...
What kind of wax do you use? I'll wax it too.
I'm a big fan of the Meguiar's liquid was products. I used to use the Tech 2.0 wax from Meguiar, but it hasn't been available the last couple of times I looked, so I've been grabbing the Ultimate liquid wax instead. Easy on, easy off, even in direct sunlight, and one bottle is good for several waxes on both cars AND the bike.
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Thanks for the info guys. Looks like i have some good advice on cleaning and keeping this beauty clean. I am proud to own this bike and i hope it gives me a long trouble free ride. I have always been partial to the bobber look but my girlfriend loves to ride also. Maybe one day she will want her own ride and then i can go the bobber route. Until then I will enjoy my Nomad.
I use a microfiber and a good quality quick detail spray for general cleaning. Good wax or polish on the paint. 303 protectant on the seat and plastic parts. Fine steel wool for stuff on the pipes. Plex-All spray for the windshield.
This question is for the Vaquero guys. What do you guys use on all the flat black parts engine, trans, fork tubes and such. What do you use for a protectant or do you just use the same wax as you do on the shinny painted parts. I know there is special polish for chrome and was just wondering if there is something special you use on all the flat black parts.
I like Turtle Wax chrome polish on the chrome goodies and Mguires on painted surfaces. Both work great.
The only problem I have is the dang windshield. It's always covered in bugs. I've never found anything that will really remedy that. I usually take it down to the car wash and nail it with the pressure washer and soap, but even then I can't seem to get them all off.
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