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Old August 4th, 2014, 05:01 PM   #1
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Unhappy Waxing the bike

What wax do you guys use for the bike's tank cover and front fairing?

The spots that are in contact knees have lost the glorious shine. And however how many time (up to 10 times) I've tried to wax these specific areas I see almost no real improvement. I've been using the Turtle Wax and I hope there is better stuff than this BUt I don't want to end up buying a sample of all the darn brands before finding the right one.

What brands do you use?
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Old August 4th, 2014, 05:46 PM   #2
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Wow, do you store the bike inside? I commented on you're other post first but it seems like you have more serious problems then wear and tear.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 07:14 PM   #3
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Yeah, I've never waxed mine in over a year and 8000 miles. I just keep it well coated with spray polish and it still looks like new. The only part showing wear is the black plastic around the filler cap for obvious reasons. It is always garaged overnight.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 10:54 PM   #4
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I only ever use McGuires products, I believe they are the best I have ever found.
I must however admit to being horribly pedantic when it comes to my bikes, they sleep indoors in a dry garage, never go out in the rain if I can help it, and are cleaned and fully waxed and polished once a week included a variety of products that would make your average hair salon proud
Once every few months I will pull off all the plastics and clean everything underneath too.
I also clean the chain with paraffin and only use racing quality chain wax as it does not fling off too badly

My mates always say that a second hand bike bought from me is better than when it left the factory

Oh and no I don't have marital problems Messing around with my bike just keeps me sane
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Old August 5th, 2014, 07:38 AM   #5
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I used to be that way with my vehicles. Then I had kids.
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Old August 5th, 2014, 08:06 AM   #6
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PLEDGE furniture polish!
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Old August 5th, 2014, 08:30 AM   #7
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Pledge? You'd have to pay me to try it. It does work damn well on furniture, though.

Consumer reports rated Zymol as one of the really good affordable waxes years ago. I've stuck with that. There's so many painted-to-black plastic transitions on this bike that I'd spend more time cleaning excess off the black parts than waxing, I'm sure.
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Old August 5th, 2014, 10:56 AM   #8
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I am not joking. haha I promise it works. I have used it on all of my motorcycles...only kept them for 2 years each. I would spray the ENTIRE bike (minus the tires of course) & then detail with a small towel, wiping every little spot down.
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Old August 5th, 2014, 05:16 PM   #9
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Ok. I gave the pledge a go and how can I say? Arrrgh! Holy molly! But first; Thanks a lot Braaap. You made my day.

The results are pretty phenomenal I would say. It went so well in some areas it is rather scary. The bike look like fresh out of the factory. It's just sad I haven't though about this trick before with the bike. And the worst in all of this is I have used it for furniture in the past but my oh my does it pull the rabit out of the hat for this as well. woo!

Pay special attention to the black tank centre cover.







And from another post where I share my hate of plastic...



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Old August 5th, 2014, 06:08 PM   #10
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You'll have to update us so we can hear how long the improvement lasts. I've always use a Honda polish or related knock off. The pledge results look amazing though!
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