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Washing your bike

Post by nick280 » Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:55 pm

It's a PITA.

I used to use Castrol Greentec special bike cleaner (gold bottle) but can no longer get it at sensible money. Some sellers are being silly with prices but it's about £17 per litre at its best price. Halford used to sell it for about £8. The next best I've found is Sdoc 100 but it struggles with the greasy bits like chain lube residue on the back wheel and spokes etc. Just tried Motul bike cleaner but still not near Castrol and probably not as good as Sdoc 100.

Anybody have any advice on cleaning products comparing to the above products?

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Re: Washing your bike

Post by Al SDR » Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:10 pm

Been using S100, about $12.00 US per liter bottle. Seems to work well. I use WD30 for chain scum on the rear wheel and spokes - works well.

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Re: Washing your bike

Post by nick280 » Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:11 am

I guess not many people on here wash their bikes lol.

Maybe S100 is as good as you'll get. A bit more elbow grease required from now on.

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Re: Washing your bike

Post by Yoozy » Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:22 am

I've been using this stuff https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gunk-6868-Ultr ... B006HFM8MA pour it in a squirty bottle. Wipe it over the body etc and brush in on the wheels etc. Decent and lasts a good while. It's cheaper if you look around to buy 2. Then do all the engine with scottoiler 365 and the plastics with wd40 Polish and shine.
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Re: Washing your bike

Post by epicmonkey » Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:03 am

I use the mucoff stuff. Only because Demon Tweeks do a 2 for 1 every now and then and it works out cheap.
If you want something to wipe your rims clean that works, try dryer sheets. Weird, but they work really well. ;)

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Re: Washing your bike

Post by jmjenia » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:50 pm

Simple Green works well on the wheels. Then I just use any standard car wash soap to wash the rest of the bike. Followed with a polish of Plexus.

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Re: Washing your bike

Post by Al SDR » Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:32 pm

Love Plexus. I use it for my helmet visor and anything plastic. Works great to clean rims also. Only bad part, is the price. It doubled in about three years.

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Re: Washing your bike

Post by Gimlet » Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:38 pm

Valet pro PH neutral snowfoam through a hose pipe applicator, then wash with carnauba wax shampoo. Mist all over in ACF50 in paint spray gun autumn and winter.
Use ACF50 as a polish on plastics and engine cases.

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Re: Washing your bike

Post by Yoozy » Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:01 am

I had a stint with the acf, it does come up well on the plastics. I switched to scottoiler f365? Just because of the price and it's as good in my opinion on everything except the plastics.
I told a lad I know about the acf on plastics and he said he'd give it a go. He lives in Wales and and a load of us met at the lakes one weekend. Well, the tool never wiped it in and you should have seen the front of his bike :lol:
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Re: Washing your bike

Post by Gimlet » Sun Jun 12, 2016 12:20 pm

Don't use it on the seat either. Or the handlebar grips..
Or screens, mirrors...
And did someone mention brakes..? :geek:

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Re: Washing your bike

Post by MR C » Sun Jun 12, 2016 4:34 pm

So with all this washing what's your preferred drying method.

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Re: Washing your bike

Post by owl » Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:50 pm

I bought a pet dryer - same thing but only £50.

Neighbours laugh at me, but it gets it dry in minutes & leaves no streaks + no chance of those swirls in the paintwork.

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Re: Washing your bike

Post by Gimlet » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:56 pm

Me too. Use one of these.
Not so much to avoid streaks but to prevent corrosion - you can't always wash a bike on a warm sunny day and I have an unheated garage.
I usually polish with a spray wax while the bike is still wet but the dryer is handy for streak-free screens and mirrors.
http://www.bykebitz.co.uk/motorcycle-ma ... dryer.html

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Re: Washing your bike

Post by nick280 » Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:05 pm

I have an air force blaster for drying bike. Works well but I'm sure a bigger model may have been better.

Thanks for all your input really washing. Bikes clean now lol.

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Re: Washing your bike

Post by binchap » Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:47 pm

i use a sponge and a bucket . :roll: :roll:

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Re: Washing your bike

Post by Muppet » Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:23 pm

Best thing for chain oil residue on the wheels is Pledge. Simple furniture polish. Spray it on (mind the brakes), leave for a minute, wipe off, lovely. :ugeek:
This is what I do with mine....

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Re: Washing your bike

Post by Magic Wand » Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:52 pm

Muppet

Do you have a picture of the Pledge bottle?! Where to buy it? eBay?

I have "Pronto Holz Flächen", bought in Germany, but it´s not too good. Tried it on the helmet visor, but it´s not better than something else...

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Re: Washing your bike

Post by ktmnerd1958 » Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:23 am

Been using S100 ever since. i can't trust others. Maybe I can but they're too expensive for me.

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Re: Washing your bike

Post by ktmnerd1958 » Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:07 am

owl wrote:I bought a pet dryer - same thing but only £50.

Neighbours laugh at me, but it gets it dry in minutes & leaves no streaks + no chance of those swirls in the paintwork.
Lol! But yeah, it's a great idea. I might try that.

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Re: Washing your bike

Post by Gimlet » Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:48 am

Muppet wrote:Best thing for chain oil residue on the wheels is Pledge. Simple furniture polish. Spray it on (mind the brakes), leave for a minute, wipe off, lovely. :ugeek:
Try SDoc white chain spray. You don't get any residue.
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