Motorbike Wash

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  1. In my own world

    In my own world Well-Known Member

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    Am old school when it comes down to washing my bikes. Bucket, sponge and a cheap bottle of car wash or fairy. I see on youtube videos on things like Muck away and so on. These people seem to use stuff like this and by magic the bikes seem to look better than a showroom bike. Do they work? and what do you use?. Or do you think that these products are a load of bunkum.
     
  2. MrOrange

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    Snake-oil. :confused:

    Soapy water, dry off, then muc-off bike spray (or similar water repellent spray) on the metal parts, and a polish on the painted bits.
    Might use muc-off first if the dirt has had chance to dry on, but other than that nothing.
     
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  4. MrOrange

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    I buy the car-plan stuff from Halfords, £12 for 5l. Use it at work and home. Also use it in the jet wash as snow foam like stuff.
     
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  5. Dozers Dad

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    Is it green?
    I bought 2 x 5ltr bottles of car shampoo from Halfords on a BOGOF deal ages ago. It cleans fine but you get zero lather/bubbles?
     
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  6. Duckadiledundee

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    I recently started using something called grime x...it degreases and makes the bike really shiny...it also smells lemony fresh afterwards which is a nice change to the usual slurry smell from the farmers spreading cow$##t all over the fields around me...
     
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    Even cheaper !!!!
     
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  8. Sir Trev

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    I've tried several "premium" bodywork shampoo products on the cars and the bike but it makes little difference in my opinion if you dry the vehicle thoroughly afterwards and use a wax on the paint and polish the shiny bits. Never use washing up liquid and avoid sponges as they hold dirt and cause swirl marks. Microfibre wash mitts are better and cost very little as does a second bucket to fill with plain clean water to rinse the mitt off before loading up with soapy water from the first bucket as you work your way around.
     
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    +1 to that MrB.
    It is indeed brilliant stuff! :grinning:
     
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  11. MrOrange

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    I use this-
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    Picked up this for £20 at a car show last year. Brilliant stuff, and it doesn't leave any white residue on the black bits although that is mainly on cars.
     
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  12. In my own world

    In my own world Well-Known Member

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    Cheers for your thoughts chaps. Just ordered a litre of Muc Off for £8.51 off Flee bay Just to see for myself what all the fuss is about but if it turns out no better than my cheap car wash I'll stick with the Pound shop stuff. Also if this overpriced wash is no good am sure the wife can put use to it.
     
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  13. Eldon

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    #13 Eldon, Jul 11, 2019 at 10:51 PM
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    Sorry MrO i have to disagree as its not entirely snake oil; Muckoff has a certain active ingredient that does give the surface some sparkle. I can't remember what the chemical is but a trawl round the net should flag it up.

    I mention Muckoff only because i know it has it but other makes which include it will probably work just as well.
     
  14. Dozers Dad

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    #14 Dozers Dad, Jul 11, 2019 at 11:02 PM
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    They are both TFR's (Traffic film removers)
    The £1 Shop version may not be quite as strong as Muc-Off but it certainly ain't 1/8th as strong mate.
    Try the Muc-Off but I reckon you'll go back to the £1 version.
     
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    #15 Eldon, Jul 11, 2019 at 11:07 PM
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    £8.51 A litre :eek:

    Look out for special offers from M&P. The last lot i bought came as a case of 4x 4 litres and was something like £45 delivered. :yum
     
  16. Flay

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    What effect do these fancy shiny wash products have on discs and pads ?
     
  17. gazzatheyid

    gazzatheyid Active Member

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    I need to step up my game as I'm getting a new one and want to make a reasonable effort at cleaning and maintenance.

    Anyone know any good guides for cleaning your motorbike step by step?

    I use muc off shampoo and the garden hose (not that high pressure) and spray GT85 and Glyn on the tank with a shammy. Chain cleaner and brush on the chain and lube after. The dry lube looks shit though, leaving a white paste.
     
  18. Dozers Dad

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    Don't spray "Glyn" on your tank gazza. Your phone will go missing. Then the doorbell will ring & the man from Just Eat will be stood there with half a dozen doner kebabs! o_O

    Isn't that right @Glyn Phillips :cool: :p
     
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  19. MadMrB

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    #19 MadMrB, Jul 12, 2019 at 11:08 AM
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    There are loads of videos for cleaning/preping bikes on youtube, not all of them good, but some seem to be.

    This is typically what I do (for right or wrong):
    • Cover clocks and ends of exhausts with small plastic bags and elastic bands
    • Lightly hose the bike down
    • Spray Muc-Off or similar on really grimy areas, and sometimes a degreaser if necessary, wait 5 mins.
    • Only use proper car/bike shampoo, and wash with a decent mit (sheep skin)
    • Rinse with hose
    • Dry thoroughly - pet/bike dryers are really useful, shifting water from normally unreachable places
    • If required polish chrome/aluminium with Mothers Polish
    • Spray/wipe areas that could corrode with some kind of protection (GT85, WD40, ACF50, etc), obviously avoiding brakes and disks
    • Protect paint work (tank/panels) with Muc-Off Miracle Shine polish (Carnauba wax), using separate clean cloths for applying and removing
    I'm not saying the above is correct, its just what I do. I think that drying and protection are the two most important things.

    Have you tried Wurth High Performance Dry Chain Lube? - I find it works well, with no white residue, and little to no fling off.
     
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  20. gazzatheyid

    gazzatheyid Active Member

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    Cheers for that. No I'll look in to it need some more pots and potions.

    I am slack when it's comes to a clean and polish, am determined to keep on top of it. Plus will get some peace outside the house!
     
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