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I thought the people here were NUTS talking about cleaning their bikes with Pledge.

Well, my nicely detailed bike got surprised by rain today and i thought, "wtf, I'm not going to wash the whole girl down, just over some water spots... and there IS a can of pledge in the house..."

Verdict: Awesome. On everything. Deep shine on the paint, nice shine to the leather bags, seat looks great and the windshield is crystal clear. Chrome looks good too.

I now have a new cheat between real washes.
 

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Lemon Pledge will actually attract bees. Plain Pledge won't. I didn't believe it, wife polished her front fender with Lemon Pledge, sure enough sittin outside it attracts bees.
 

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but why not just use a spray detailer? I use that all the time on the truck and the bike
Unknown as to what detailer spray you use but what I use is Protect-All, its about 2½ times the price of Pledge, but I can use it on windshield where I would think Pledge may cause crazing or some other problem.
 

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I use a cheaper no name brand of furniture polish and it does great...and i use it on the windshield with no problems. Has anyone used both pledge vs cheapy were they could tell me there is a difference, cause i've never used pledge.
 

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Pilots (myself included) have used Pledge for years on airplane windshields with great results. It polishes, fills in tiny scratches, and repels rain. I've always used it also on helmet faceshields, speedometer cluster lenses, etc.
It's best to have a clean surface before applying the stuff so the surface dust won't scratch the plexiglass. There are purpose-built plexiglass cleaners and waxes out there now, but good old Pledge is probably just as good and much cheaper!
 

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but why not just use a spray detailer? I use that all the time on the truck and the bike
Up until I thought all these dude's were crazy I said whatever! :D I was using Meguires motorcycle detail, even at Wal Mart $8 with tax. Name brand Lemon Pledge $2.75 with tax. I would have never believed it myself. But they were spot on, it cleans bugs off just as easy and good for all surface material, chrome, fenders, plastic, etc. Enough said, I am a Pledge Cult follower now:eek:
 

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Lemon Pledge will actually attract bees. Plain Pledge won't. I didn't believe it, wife polished her front fender with Lemon Pledge, sure enough sittin outside it attracts bees.
I remember trying to clean my car windows onetime with a window cleaner that contained cider vinegar! I must have had every bee in a two-mile raduis swarming around me!:eek:
 

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i just seen this post and thought id try it. i can believe the shiny coat it leaves on chrome, never would of thought this!! now i wonder what the heat of the voyager will do to pledge, gonna find out today
 

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I've used Pledge Clean and Shine since new on both my bike windshields. A former crop duster put me onto it. NOBODY gets more bugs than a cropduster!

My 9LT has had Pledge on it full time for over two years now, and no crazing, no clouding, no spider web scratches show. The WS looks factory new, except for a rock pit or two.

I also use it to clean the tank between washings.
 

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I have used Lemon Pledge on bike since the early 80's. Back when all you havd was an acrylic Plexyfaring on several different bikes. Those with a few mile in the seat should remember how soft acrylic is. It scratched when you look at it. The polycarbonate we have now is like steel in comparison. The Pledge never hazed, clouded or effected either material. The detailers are great but Pledge is only 25% of the cost. In my book that's more $ I can put into bike bling.
 

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I also use it to clean the tank between washings.
I read of someone else saying the same thing, but haven't tried it myself. What about the grit? Don't you end up with scratches?

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I thought the people here were NUTS talking about cleaning their bikes with Pledge.

Well, my nicely detailed bike got surprised by rain today and i thought, "wtf, I'm not going to wash the whole girl down, just over some water spots... and there IS a can of pledge in the house..."

Verdict: Awesome. On everything. Deep shine on the paint, nice shine to the leather bags, seat looks great and the windshield is crystal clear. Chrome looks good too.

I now have a new cheat between real washes.
We TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLD you... :D
 

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Long analysis of Pledge

Pledge won't cloud the windshield. It is not a wax but a cleaner. I ran across this on another site. The man who wrote it claims to be a chemical engineer.

Lets start out with the actual ingredients found in a spray can of Pledge.

Please note that the base formula will be different being dispensed from a spray can or pressurized aerosol vessel due to the fact that a "propellant" is needed to transfer the product from the container to a surface, in this case lets say a fender or a windshield. A trigger plastic spray container would not require this propellant additive.

For the purpose of this discussion, I will list the information relative to Pledge in the aerosol spray can as it appears to be the most common used by others on this forum.
The base ingredients are:

1. Naphtha, petroleum, light alkylate 5%-10% or (isoparaffinic hydrocarbon solvent)
2. Polydimethylsiloxanes (Silicon oil) 5%-10%
3. Water 70%-85%
4. Butane1% -5%
5. Isobutane1% - 5%
6. Propane1% - 5%

Now we can breakdown what these are and what they do.

The first ingredient is:

1-Naphta,petroleum,light alkylate.
This is a hydrocarbon solvent-based dispersant formulation which combines oil penetrability. In other words remember the label says "smear and smudge proof"? These are the ingredients that will break down and remove the smears, finger or dermal tissue oils. Criminals take note.. use this to eliminate finger prints. Just dont be a dumb (EDITED) and leave the can behind!!

Now, what is a hydrocarbon?
A general term for organic compounds which contain only carbon and hydrogen. They are divided into saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons, aliphatic (alkane or fatty) and aromatic (benzene) hydrocarbons. Crude
oil is essentially a complex mixture of hydrocarbons.

To break it down even further, I will now define an organic compound.

An organic compound is any member of a large class of chemical
compounds whose molecules contain carbon.
What is carbon you asked? I knew ya would!!

Carbon is a chemical element with symbol C and atomic number 6. As a member of group 14 on the periodic table, it is nonmetallic and tetravalent (a state of an atom with four electrons making four electrons available to form covalent chemical bonds.)

A chemical element is a type of atom that is distinguished by its atomic number; that is, by the number of protons in its nucleus. The term is also used to refer to a pure chemical substance composed.

What does this all mean?? It is a pure chemical substance.
Why is it in there? Remember the finger print? It is a solvent that removes oily residues. This is the cleaning agent in the product.
Look at the can.."It dusts and cleans". this is what makes it clean/remove dirt,grease,oil,grime.

That was the more lenghty one. The remainder are relatively simple. If you are still reading at this point, thanks for bearing with me.Go grab another beer! I will summarize at the end and compare to other products on the market in terms of ingredients, costs and results.

The second noted ingredient is:


2-Polydimethylsiloxanes or Silicon oil 5%-10%.
This is silicone based oil. The molecular structure of this is such that friction is significantly reduced. This nifty additional ingredient is also the reason why the ..refer to label again.. NO WAX BUILD-UP!! Silicone will blend with it'self and not mix or layer with other chemicals.
It does however have the ability to piss bike painters off due to the fact that it needs to be completely removed proir to coating with paint. If not...start all over again. It makes surfaces slick so that nothing sticks. It also provides the shine to the surface.
This chemical is also present in 95% of products us bikers use on our scoots such as Armor All, Meguires Wax and STP Son of a Gun just to mentiion a few so if you are worried about using Pledge in the past on your bike, you may alraedy have and just did not know it.
This silicone oil is also an ingredient in Right Guard deodorant, baby powder,Desitin, Gillette Dry and several moisturizers and creams. This is why Pledge does not contain wax, they use this instead.
Makes me want to try it with the goa....wife!
To the guy that posted about the fella steping on his fender and sliding off...about to 5 drops of this in a drink will cause lets just say possible incontenence" which will then require the need for additional Desitin with the same ingredient to help that diaper rash from the copiuos ammounts of passing solids!!! Great stuff ain it?

The third ingredient:

3-Water. This acts as a dilutor. Kind of like "filler" in cheap dog food but in liquid form.
Cant use the product undiluted.

The remaining butane, isobutane and propane are the propellants that assist in expelling or propelling the liquid product from the can. The methane is building under pressure and the propane, butane provides the ignition source. Kinda like putting your tounge on a 9v battery. You know you are gonna do it eventually when no one is looking. Try chewing aluminum foil!! Nah...dont do that either.

Other ingredients such as aromatic compound like orange, lemon or any other organic scent additive can also be incorporated.

Now with this little snippet of knowledge, how does one apply it to everyday living.
If Martha Stewart says that a prison panty liner work just as well as a microfibre cloth stop reading. If not..please bear with me for I am almost done.
Several products out there are costly for several reasons. 1 because of proprietary ingredients/raw materials, 2 advertising costs, supply and demand and product to market costs. What will the market bear? I have always compared ingredient when shopping. Silicone oil is silicone oil, Pepto Bismal, for the guy trying to stand on the fender coated with silicone oil is pink Bismuth...same thing!
Pink bismuth is MUCH cheaper.

I heard of a product called Plexus. A great cleaner and conditioner for Lexan. At $15.95 for a 13oz can versus an 18oz $4.99? can of Pledge? I have not bought or used Pledge and do not know the actual cost I am sure it is not even close to this other product.

In summary:

* Will not damage finish
* Will provide a nice shine
* Will not build up or layer
* Safe on windshield. No alcohol or amonia
* Safe on chrome
* Also has some (although not real good) anti corrosion properties. I use Boeshield T-9 for this application.

One precaution!! Flammable! Do not use around open flames or on hot pipes or other hot components. Do not get on or use on denim ar matted finishes!!

I would also highly recommend that a wet or water wash, or a soft wetted cloth, (I use warm clothes because the heat helps soften bug guts better than cold) be done or used first to remove surface debris and particulate from the soon to be applied to surface, fenders, gas tanks,side panels. This will reduce potential scratching of your paint.

Well, I hoped this helps. Like I said, I have never used "Pledge". But I have applied the same ingredients in Pledge (just under a different name...Maguires Wax) on my bikes not knowing it, and they have all looked great!
 

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