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Old August 12th, 2019, 04:11 PM   #1
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Washing the panniers / side bags

Any particular tips for cleaning the bags after collecting massive bug splatter all over the front of them? Like soak them in a tub, or just spray them down mounted on the bike? Not sure how durable the fabric is to scrubbing.
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Old August 12th, 2019, 05:27 PM   #2
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I use a few drops of liquid hand soap mixed with water and applied with a sponge to clean my panniers.
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Old August 12th, 2019, 06:25 PM   #3
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some silicon on the zippers is also good.
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Old August 13th, 2019, 12:21 AM   #4
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I put a coat of UV protector on them every so often; though, it still didn't stop them from turning purple.
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Old August 13th, 2019, 12:11 PM   #5
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Was bugs off bags

Hello,

It may be best to soak the bugs a bit if they are dry and caked on in a solution of enzyme based laundry detergent. This will soften the bugs and help release them from the fabric, a gentle encouragement with a very soft brush like those used for delicate vegetables will work.

After the wash and dry coating the zippers and even treating the fabric with a conditioner and water proffer would go a long way in making the washing of bugs less buggy!

All the best and stay safe.
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Old August 20th, 2019, 03:20 PM   #6
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I put a coat of UV protector on them every so often; though, it still didn't stop them from turning purple.
do you know if there is any way to re-tint the color of the panniers after they have been faded by UV light?
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Old August 24th, 2019, 01:19 AM   #7
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search "fabric paint". There was a lengthy thread with some OK results. I can't ship the products to my Europe address so never tried. I have my original bags in the attic which I hope to get re-finished in a different material. If I ever find a set of SS 959 panniers on the cheap, I'll buy those and try to swap the brackets. They are a much refined version of our bags with plastic panels on the exterior that won't fade.
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Old August 25th, 2019, 10:02 PM   #8
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I use a cotton terry towel and water only, just like my helmet. Like Bill Nye said, water is the best solvent.
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Old August 26th, 2019, 07:11 AM   #9
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I use a cotton terry towel and water only, just like my helmet. Like Bill Nye said, water is the best solvent.
that would not do anything for the UV discoloration I think
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