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How do you make your bike shine.

Postby bdukes » Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:11 pm



I know to wash bike with mild soap and water, but what should I use to make plastic shine.



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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:26 pm

the best stuff I've used so far is the cleaner/polisher that Honda dealerships sell. its in a 12oz spray. you simply spray it on, buff it to a slight haze, turn your cloth over to the dry side and buff it clear. you can use it on your windshield, chrome and all of the bike's plastic body parts. other than washing the bike, this is the only stuff I'd use.

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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby Mh434 » Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:15 pm

I use Mother's California Gold stuff. They have a regular carnauba paste wax (very easy to use, and won't scratch), and even a spray-on detailer. I've used this stuff for years, even on my Porsches (and believe me, I'm PICKY about that!), and it's the only stuff I trust. I'm sure there are others out there just as good, but I've just never been able to be willing to take a chance on an unknown.

I'm sure you'll get lots of opinions here...maybe even some as hard-headed as mine! :lol:

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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby golden highway » Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:55 pm

I use lemon pledge on everything including the windshield. Shines like new.

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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby ram11397 » Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:08 pm

Believe it or not but, silicone brake fluid being just silicone it shines like you cant believe and does not damage paint even says it on the bottle!!! lol down side it doesn't last as long as polish so have to do more often but its only running cloth with silicone over bike shinning again in 5 minutes i mainly use it on my wheels makes them look fantastic but have use on bike with NO damage to paint or fiberglass/plastic.
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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby fixdent » Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:43 pm

I use lemon pledge on everything including the windshield. Shines like new.


ditto on the lemon pledge...

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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby themainviking » Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:05 pm

fixdent wrote:
I use lemon pledge on everything including the windshield. Shines like new.


ditto on the lemon pledge...

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Another ditto, but it does not need to be lemon. The unscented will do the same job, without the lemon smell, if you wish it that way.
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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby RoadRogue » Fri May 01, 2015 3:37 am

If I absolutely have to wash it and then do something to make it shine I also use Lemon Pledge. Paint, chrome , windshield, lights, everything but the seat. 8-)
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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby FM-USA » Fri May 01, 2015 7:43 am

WASH a bike, what's that?
LOL, ya, I do a couple times a year. I ride in the rain so Mama-nature handles it most the time.

I use Rain-X on my shield. Wipe and buff, done.
It works great without damage so what the heck, I do the rest of the bike too.
Wipe it on, that's it, no buffing needed.
Rain don't stick nor will dirt, eventually it does, hence only washing it a couple times a year.
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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby Fatwing Chris » Fri May 01, 2015 8:04 am

FM-USA wrote:WASH a bike, what's that?
LOL, ya, I do a couple times a year. I ride in the rain so Mama-nature handles it most the time.

I use Rain-X on my shield. Wipe and buff, done.
It works great without damage so what the heck, I do the rest of the bike too.
Wipe it on, that's it, no buffing needed.
Rain don't stick nor will dirt, eventually it does, hence only washing it a couple times a year.
;)


Pretty sure Rain-X is a no,no on these shields.
I use Pledge on everything also,but last summer someone gave me a spray bottle of Harley Detailer and I have to say it works pretty nice.Sprays on like water and you just wipe it off.No residue and an awesome shine.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby Fiberthree » Fri May 01, 2015 10:23 am

I use Eagle One Nano Wax and sometimes follow up with Purple Slime. Got that at a motorcycle swap meet and it does work pretty well, but I have to wax more often if I use it.
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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby squirrel » Fri May 01, 2015 12:05 pm

Tried polishing mine a few times but it always seems to rain straight afterwards so I give up .:-)

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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby bdukes » Fri May 01, 2015 7:10 pm

Thank everybody. Just got done shining my bike with pledge. Look Great

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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby Malbo » Fri May 01, 2015 8:06 pm

I have a friend that has 2 Hondas and 2 Harley's he only uses Windex to clean his bikes. Another friend has a 1965 Mustang, show car and he only shines it with Nu Finish.
I've only used Windex to clean my Hondas with out any adverse effects.
I've used Nu Finish on my cars sense 1994 and Honda's (Nu Finish and Windex) 2008 Shadow and 1990 Gold Wing sense 2010. They all have kept their shine like new.
One othe note about Nu Finish. It is not a wax and can be put on in the Sun. I live in Pennsylvania for 20 years now and the winter road salt comes off my car with water. I will never go back to a "wax".

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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby Happytrails » Fri May 01, 2015 10:01 pm

bdukes wrote:I know to wash bike with mild soap and water, but what should I use to make plastic shine.


There are lots of products you can try, in fact there are so many its mind boggling. And a lot depends on what your happy with in terms of cost vs. time spent detailing vs. how often you want to polish your bike vs. difficulty. There are so many different opinions on it.

I have been on this rinseless wash kick for about 3-4yrs now. I use it on my truck and my bike mainly because I wash it inside the garage to keep it out of the sun while I do this. Saves on loads of water I used to use too. For making things shiney I use a sealant wax with a light cleaner in it. Sealant wax I learned can make metallic paints really pop. Goldwings like mine have a very fine metallic finish so anything I can do to bring that out helps. So I was it maybe 3-4 times during the riding season. It only takes like 15 minutes to do a Goldwing. And in between waxes I use a quick detailer. That takes like 5 minutes to do the whole bike. On the seat and plastic I use a combination fo Meguires Leather and Plastic cleaners that work awesome because it helps protect and treat the seat but also its not slippery or greasy feeling. And I been trying out Mothers metal polish on the chrome and rims.
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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 04, 2015 12:41 pm

Malbo wrote:I have a friend that has 2 Hondas and 2 Harley's he only uses Windex to clean his bikes. Another friend has a 1965 Mustang, show car and he only shines it with Nu Finish.
I've only used Windex to clean my Hondas with out any adverse effects.
I've used Nu Finish on my cars sense 1994 and Honda's (Nu Finish and Windex) 2008 Shadow and 1990 Gold Wing sense 2010. They all have kept their shine like new.
One othe note about Nu Finish. It is not a wax and can be put on in the Sun. I live in Pennsylvania for 20 years now and the winter road salt comes off my car with water. I will never go back to a "wax".


+1 for Nu Finish as well, I've been using it pretty much exclusively on my cars since about the same time, early to mid 90's.

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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby NVSB4 » Mon May 04, 2015 12:55 pm

WingAdmin wrote:+1 for Nu Finish as well, I've been using it pretty much exclusively on my cars since about the same time, early to mid 90's.


I can see that it would be great for the painted metal parts, but does it work as well on all of the plastic covers on our wings?
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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby FM-USA » Mon May 04, 2015 2:42 pm

I've been using Nu Finnish on my plastic sunglasses. I can say it slows down them getting a scratched surface. No distortion even after 2-3 coats.
I tried the stuff on older deeper scratched sunglasses but since Nu Finish is a milky white material, so somewhat are the scratches. I sure wish they would come out with clear material. BUT, that's just a wish.
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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby redial » Mon May 04, 2015 9:39 pm

Believe it or not but, silicone brake fluid being just silicone it shines like you cant believe and does not damage paint even says it on the bottle!!!


Silicon is not a real good thing to go on paintwork, as it is impossible to paint over if ever needed. I use a carnauba wax, of whatever brand, and that seems to work for me, but then again, I am not anal about keeping cars and mc shiny because of the dust of the countryside and the dirt roads around here.
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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby waituntilthebeep » Wed May 06, 2015 2:29 pm

Lemon pledge is good. My Wing has a lot of black paint on it and black is a royal **** to keep looking nice. I recently picked up some Turtle Wax Jet Black products and that makes the black paint pop like no other. Took out some pretty ugly abrasion from my keys on the trunk and faux tank from the material my FIrst Gear rain gear is made out of as well. Highly suggest Jet Black if you have black paint to contend with.

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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed May 06, 2015 2:45 pm

waituntilthebeep wrote:Lemon pledge is good. My Wing has a lot of black paint on it and black is a royal **** to keep looking nice. I recently picked up some Turtle Wax Jet Black products and that makes the black paint pop like no other. Took out some pretty ugly abrasion from my keys on the trunk and faux tank from the material my FIrst Gear rain gear is made out of as well. Highly suggest Jet Black if you have black paint to contend with.


is lemon pledge also good to use on satin black paint?

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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby RoadRogue » Wed May 06, 2015 4:00 pm

roadwanderer2 wrote:is lemon pledge also good to use on satin black paint?

stuart.


I thought the idea of satin black paint was because you didnt want the shine but couldnt commit to flat black. Now you want to know if pledge, which we use to shine the whole bike, is suitable for satin paint. To shine or not to shine is the question. Go ahead and try it on a inconspicuous area first ,if you dont like it just wash it off with soap and water. In a few days you wont notice the difference. 8-)
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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed May 06, 2015 4:19 pm

hey RoadRogue,

i wasn't thinking about making it shine, i was thinking more on the lines of protecting the paint so i don't have to use a clear coat spray over the satin, but if you think it wont work i wont bother trying it.

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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby RoadRogue » Wed May 06, 2015 6:54 pm

Lemon Pledge is not a wax, it will not protect the paint like an automotive wax will. Pledge leaves a silicon oil behind that adds shine to most paints almost giving it a wet look. 8-)
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Re: How do you make your bike shine.

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed May 06, 2015 7:03 pm

ok, well, i'll give it a try like you said in a small spot somewhere and see how it comes out. who knows, it might look good, and if it don't, i'll wash it off and consider using a clear coat. thanks for the info.

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