Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....


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Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Postby daveinozbikes » Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:58 pm



I believe a lot of folks use Mr Sheen original to polish their bikes. I"ve got a different twist on this.
Wipe the surface with a damp microfibre to remove dust etc.
Using a different microfibre apply the Mr Sheen. This is the twist...wet this one and wring it out.
When dry polish off with a third cloth.
You can safely use this method to clean windshields as well as paintwork when on a trip. Keep the wet m/fs in a sealed plastic bag.
Using this method the polish goes a lot farther and there is no risk of scratching. Dave

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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Postby cbx4evr » Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:37 pm

Don't think Mr. Sheen is available here.
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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Postby daveinozbikes » Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:58 am

It"s just a quality spray polish in a pressure pack. Usually used on furniture etc....sold in supermarkets.

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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Postby RoadRogue » Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:26 am

sounds like Lemon Pledge that we have here, and yes we use it the same way.
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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Postby mbuesing » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:58 am

I 2nd for Pledge. Easy cleaning.
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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Postby Kiwi2 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:23 pm

I use Lemon Pledge and the bike smells so sweet :lol:
Pledge is good on the windscreen after you have cleaned all the bugs off. I have found the best way to get rid of the bugs it to put a wet cloth (tea towel works great, just don't let the misses catch you using her good ones) over the screen letting the water soak in to the bugs.

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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:57 pm

Kiwi2 wrote:I use Lemon Pledge and the bike smells so sweet :lol:
Pledge is good on the windscreen after you have cleaned all the bugs off. I have found the best way to get rid of the bugs it to put a wet cloth (tea towel works great, just don't let the misses catch you using her good ones) over the screen letting the water soak in to the bugs.


I use the same technique. I use a small cotton towel that I cut to the size of the windscreen. I soak it in warm water, then lay it over the windscreen and let it sit for a few minutes. It turns those hard, encrusted bugs to mush, and they wipe off easily.

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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Postby Kiwi2 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:36 pm

Don't forget the Lemon Pledge afterwards. The water just beads off ....... why do you think helicopter pilots spray it on the bubble dome ........ and don't forget the lovely smell. :lol:

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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Postby patbrandon1 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:28 pm

Kiwi2 wrote:Don't forget the Lemon Pledge afterwards. The water just beads off ....... why do you think helicopter pilots spray it on the bubble dome ........ and don't forget the lovely smell. :lol:


You mean that you put Pledge right on the windshield plastic? Does it matter what kind of plastic that the windshield is made out of? I only have used water to this point. When I bought my bike, I replaced the windshield and don't want to scratch it.

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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:07 pm

Kiwi2 wrote:why do you think helicopter pilots spray it on the bubble dome ........



Actually a helicopter pilot I know gave me a can of 210, which is what they use. Works very nicely.

Wingstuff even sells it but it may be cheaper at aircraft supply places.

http://wingstuff.com/products/3942-famo ... ner-polish
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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Postby Kiwi2 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:41 pm

Yes pledge spray will do. I have used it on my bike and screen since 1989 and have had no problems, besides it smells nice. :lol:



This is the one I use. The spray in New Zealand is the same thing just a different markings.

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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Postby patbrandon1 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:36 pm

Kiwi2 wrote:Yes pledge spray will do. I have used it on my bike and screen since 1989 and have had no problems, besides it smells nice. :lol:

This is the one I use. The spray in New Zealand is the same thing just a different markings.


Don't want to seem stupid, (but that is too late according to my children), when you say you have used it on your BIKE and screen since 89, does that mean you use it to polish everything? That would be nice if one could. I get tired of using the wax on wax off method all the time.

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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Postby Kiwi2 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:29 pm

Ah Grasshopper you must learn to be patient, cleaning bike correctly will only come with lots of practice.

Yes when I am doing a quick clean and want the bike to look "smart" like at a rally then I use the pledge.

If I want to spend the day cleaning then I use me mum, sorry "Mothers" polish as this will give about 6 months to a year covering and then you only have to give it a pledge. I still use the pledge on the screen at all times. If you get some bugs on the screen then keep an old cloth that you can dampen and then put that over the screen for a short time and it softens all the bugs and you can wash off (don't wash on :lol: ) and then pledge.

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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Postby vargas35@live.com » Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:56 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Kiwi2 wrote:I use Lemon Pledge and the bike smells so sweet :lol:
Pledge is good on the windscreen after you have cleaned all the bugs off. I have found the best way to get rid of the bugs it to put a wet cloth (tea towel works great, just don't let the misses catch you using her good ones) over the screen letting the water soak in to the bugs.


I use the same technique. I use a small cotton towel that I cut to the size of the windscreen. I soak it in warm water, then lay it over the windscreen and let it sit for a few minutes. It turns those hard, encrusted bugs to mush, and they wipe off easily.


Ditto Admin! This is probably the single most important step that you should do to virtually eliminate the risk of scratching.
Down in Houston, we would do the exact same thing to "soften up" the bugs/debris that had baked on to the windshield. Once softened up, we would gently wipe off with a wet, soft t-shirt, terry cloth, etc....always either vertical or horizontal (never circular).
Thanks again for such an informative site. I just picked up a new (to me) 89 GL1500 SE. In the process of restoration and beginning the carb rebuild in about a week....fun times. :D

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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Postby riff1006 » Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:48 am

I use a 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle, spraying bugs on the paint and windshield, and letting them soak for a minute before wiping them off. The peroxide reacts with the proteins, just like on a cut on your finger, loosing up bugs for easy wiping.

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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Postby The Grand Pooh-Bah » Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:20 pm

I use the WalMart version of Pledge, larger can and less $




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