Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....


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Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Post by 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....

Post by 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....

Post by 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....

Post by 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....

Post by mbuesing » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:58 am

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

Post by 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....

Post by 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....

Post by 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....

Post by 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....

Post by 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....

Post by 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....

Post by 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....

Post by 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....

Post by 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....

Post by 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....

Post by 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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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Post by Luvenet47 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:44 am

What's with the expensive "Motorcycle" cleaners? Isn't the paint on my Goldwing car paint? I just use McGuries car wash (soap...whatever) with Carnubia and it does a great job. Oh, I do have some water spots on the chrome nose piece but I can't blame the soap. I think it dried on before I got it rinsed off and I didn't notice it until I brought it inside the garage - which poses the question: How do I get water marks off plastic chrome? ;)

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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Post by offcenter » Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:18 am

Regarding the Lemon Pledge...
I have heard reports of people using that on their bike and
the smell of the stuff attracting BEES!
Anyone had that experience?
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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Post by FM-USA » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:03 pm

Bees attracted to Lemon Pledge?
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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Post by patbrandon1 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:17 pm

I don't think bees have ever been attracted to my bike, and I've used Pledge a long, long time for quick shines. But if something is parked long enough, bees tend to look at those things for safe hive building. My '88 F-150 was parked from September until June, (dragging my feet whether to restore it or sell it) and some bees made a little nest in it. I promptly found them a new home. I had not used pledge on the truck either.

I have actually been using Behold furniture polish, it is what I use on my guitars and does a great job on the bike too. I have never used it on my windshield though, because I'm a chicken s**t to dull the surface of the brand new Slipstreamer Lucite windscreen. :oops:

Here is what I use. It has a citrus smell, but after 10 minutes, you can't smell it any longer, even indoors on my guitars, so I don't think bees will bee a bother because of it. But I'm glad the didn't name it Bee-Hold. ;)



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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:19 pm

I've used many, many different products over the years. This one for windshield, that one for chrome, this one for plastic, that one for grease...

I now use only one, and I use it for EVERYTHING. It's the best thing I've ever used, it has carnuba wax in it and leaves a wax coating on your bike, it works great on windshields to deflect rain, and it removes bugs, dirt and grease with ease. Just spray it on and wipe it off.

https://www.amazon.com/HONDA-08732-SCP0 ... ingdocs-20





Works amazingly well! I even use it on my car now.

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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Post by Luvenet47 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:29 pm

Thanks. I'll try the Honda product. I'm a little reluctant to do the furniture polish. It has some oils in it doesn't it? The carnival car wash does a good job. Like I said, I think I got the water spots from letting the soap dry before rinsing, which I would not do intentionally. Didn't notice it until I got it in the garage. I wish a real metal nose piece with real chrome was available. Still looks sweet. I'll post a pic when I figure out how to do so. I know there is a post on that - just have to take the time to read it again.
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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

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by WingAdmin » Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:19 pm

I now use only one, and I use it for EVERYTHING. It's the best thing I've ever used, it has carnuba wax in it and leaves a wax coating on your bike, it works great on windshields to deflect rain, and it removes bugs, dirt and grease with ease. Just spray it on and wipe it off.
I started using this stuff about a month ago and it works great, but had no idea it would be good for windshields too.

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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Post by billbob » Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:29 am

Pledge or Behold have worked for me.

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Re: Cleaning the Mighty Goldwing....

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:05 am

I used Pledge for my windshield for a long time, as it has oils in it that leave a water-shedding coating behind - when it rains, the water just beads up and blows off. However, I also found that dust sticks to these oils REALLY well, so your windshield ends up getting dirty, fast.

The Honda spray has carnauba wax in it, and gives the same water shedding coating - but it's dry, and dust doesn't stick to it.



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