Pressure washing


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PaulSR
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Pressure washing

Postby PaulSR » Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:09 am



Is it safe to pressure wash the bike?? I really want to spray it down with degreaser (not too dirty) to give it a good cleaning.

Then, I want to polish it, any ideas on a polish?? I am thinking one of the flitz balls to assist in the polishing. Or the Mothers ball??



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bayoudave
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Re: Pressure washing

Postby bayoudave » Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:33 am

IMO - Never pressure wash a bike. There are too many places that you don't want to force water in. I do wash mine but only with soapy water and a hose and then I am very careful about pressure from the hose. I just use a sprayer and put it on a little more than a mist. Bikes are made to be in the rain but not forced water in all the electronics. I know some folks take their bike to the car was but I had a friend that did that and about $500 later he learned that it wasn't a good idea. He also was constantly having electrical issues after that. Moisture in all the connections began to rust the terminals and he was constantly hunting a bad connection. I say don't do it. But that is just my opinion.
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Re: Pressure washing

Postby tfdeputydawg » Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:04 am

I use a car wash often!
No direct spray on areas such as wheel bearing areas and switch areas.
I use a 50/50 mix of Mean Green/water in a spray bottle. Spray the whole bike down, then use the car wash. Rinse until there's no more "soap".
Ride it home(couple miles) and use the leaf blower on it.
As far as polish, I use "Original" Cleaner/Polish. This is the original formula of Honda spray polish/cleaner, that was changed (and ruined IMHO) by Honda several years ago.
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PaulSR
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Re: Pressure washing

Postby PaulSR » Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:20 pm

I was thinking along those lines about getting water where it doesn't belong.

I ordered a polishing wheel and some polish and should have that in a few days. Guess I know what I am doing this weekend!!

Thanks for the input.

Paul

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Re: Pressure washing

Postby tfdeputydawg » Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:14 pm

Spray on polish Wipe w/micro soft rag!
No polishing balls on painted surfaces :o




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