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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 03:35 AM
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For my non-laquered alloy engine casings I use Poorboys paste carnuba wax (the white one), I get a lovely smell of coconut when she is warming up after application lol
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Just FYI Windex contains ammonia & alcohol. If you want to wipe your bike, car paint etc with a cleaner that contains ammonia go nuts. I'd never use it on any of my customers vehicles. It's not even recommended for window tint.
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Originally Posted by triumphmeister View Post
I tried looking in "search" after reading thru the riders manual for the correct cleaning procedures for the matte finish on the body parts. I didn't see anything regarding the care of these types of paint/finish. What are you guys using and/or are doing to keep your bikes looking great. I understand you don't use normal waxs we do on standard painted surfaces. So what's the secret ? The Meister
I asked this same question the other week for my matte black Storm. A couple of suggestions that were mentioned we're;
1/ wash with car soap and water
2/ put a cold wet cloth on bugs, bird poop, etc and let it soak for a few minutes. This softens it and allows you to simply wipe of.
3/ pat dry with a soft towel after rinsing of with cold water.
4/ WD40 (I haven't done this one yet... Not sure if I would)
Hope these help you. I do the first 3 above tips and so far so good. The second one for bugs, poop, etc is important to use COLD water. Hot water 'cooks' it and will leave marks.

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any regular vehicle soap should be fine, just avoid the ones that have wax in them. They might give your paint a temporary non-matte shine. As has been said, I would not scrub bug splats, scrubbing can polish your paint, and leave a permanent shinier spot. Instead, soak the bugs until they soften up. A motorsport degreaser can be used on tougher bugs, as long as it doesn't say that it shouldn't be used on painted parts. I would try to find a wax made for matte paints that has UV blocker in it. Without UV blocker, there is no point in waxing matte paint.

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