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Old 10-06-2018, 01:47 PM
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How to quick wash a bike....

Earlier this year we had the van at a DIY car wash.

Once there we realised we only had enough money for the soap cycle.

No rinse or presoak.

Drove home and the van looked great. No drying spots. Just shiney paint.

So we started doing the same at home in the driveway.

We use a lot of Dawn "Heavy Duty" in a bucket and a long bristle soft brush* on a pole to do the van and station wagon. Hand hold the brush for the moto.

As usual, start at the top and work down. Wheels are done last and require a small brush to get between the spokes.

Works great and less work and water.

If you do get spotting from hard water, add a little white vinegar to the bucket.

Available @: https://www.walmart.com/search/?quer...20deck%20brush

CAUTION: DAWN WILL REMOVE OLD WAX.
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Old 10-06-2018, 02:42 PM
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How to quick wash a bike....

Earlier this year we had the van at a DIY car wash.

Once there we realised we only had enough money for the soap cycle.

No rinse or presoak.

Drove home and the van looked great. No drying spots. Just shiney paint.

So we started doing the same at home in the driveway.

We use a lot of Dawn "Heavy Duty" in a bucket and a long bristle soft brush* on a pole to do the van and station wagon. Hand hold the brush for the moto.

As usual, start at the top and work down. Wheels are done last and require a small brush to get between the spokes.

Works great and less work and water.

If you do get spotting from hard water, add a little white vinegar to the bucket.

Available @: https://www.walmart.com/search/?quer...20deck%20brush
Certainly not a car/bike washing expert here (as my vehicles would tell you if they could talk), but doesn't the Dawn strip off the wax in short order?
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Old 10-06-2018, 03:32 PM
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Certainly not a car/bike washing expert here (as my vehicles would tell you if they could talk), but doesn't the Dawn strip off the wax in short order?

YES!!

So you will need to wax the vehicle again if it needs it.

In fact some experts suggest washing with Dawn before waxing.

I've never used wax on our three current vehicles.

And no need to as the paint finishes look brand new after washing (06 Volvo, '12 Ody, and the 02 K12RS).

I will edit the first post to include this caution.

Also note that there is some information on the net suggesting Dawn is an abrasive soap and will damage sealant and paint.

As some use it to shower, shampoo, shave, and wash ducklings with, that seems unlikely.

If you are concerned, the regular Dawn works just as well on a regularly washed vehicle.

And it is also great for removing brake dust from alloy wheels.

Thanks for the informative post.
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Re: How to quick wash a bike....

I havent washed my bike in 3 years.....


Here is my trick:

MR. Sheen furniture polish (in the spray can).
(I guess any furniture polish will do though)

Spray on, wait 2 minutes, wipe off.
Gets rid of bugs and road crap.
Works great on the helmet visor too....
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I havent washed my bike in 3 years.....


Here is my trick:

MR. Sheen furniture polish (in the spray can).
(I guess any furniture polish will do though)

Spray on, wait 2 minutes, wipe off.
Gets rid of bugs and road crap.
Works great on the helmet visor too....
Was at one of my 1st Hillbilly rallies & noticed Pete using Lemon Pledge to clean his visor. Had never seen that before... not only did it clean all the bugs off his visor, it smelled lemony fresh!
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MR. Sheen furniture polish (in the spray can).
(I guess any furniture polish will do though)

Spray on, wait 2 minutes, wipe off.
Gets rid of bugs and road crap.

I've used spray can Pledge on my Road Bicycles since the 70's.

Works great.

Honda used to sell a spray can clean and wax for motorcycles.

Don't know if they still do?
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Was at one of my 1st Hillbilly rallies & noticed Pete using Lemon Pledge to clean his visor. Had never seen that before... not only did it clean all the bugs off his visor, it smelled lemony fresh!

Tried Pete's technique this afternoon and it worked great.

Produced a great shine while removing the bugs and other road grime.
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Re: How to quick wash a bike....

I've used Pledge for many years on my bikes and helmets. I am convinced that not only does the shine look nice, but bugs and grime doesn't thereafter stick as tightly to the bike or visor. The real advantage to Pledge is that it leaves very little to no unsightly residue. Sometimes the commercial car waxes get into crevices and places you just barely get to in order to remove the paste when you polish it with your rag. (I have no doubt, though, that the car waxes are harder and more durable. It's just that I don't find the difference worth the trouble.)

That's just my opinion, but it is not an unfounded opinion.

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I’m a fan of the Honda spray and shine, best thing Honda makes since the RC51 went out of production
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Re: How to quick wash a bike....

If you're going to wash a car or bike then take the time to do it right. I'm all about using Mothers Carnuba wash & wax:

https://www.amazon.com/Mothers-05674...a+wash+%26+wax

Want to clean bugs off a visor then Pledge is fine.
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Re: How to quick wash a bike....

Try this. Bought this at the local bike shop.
Original bike spirits spray cleaner and polish.
Comes in a pinkish red spray can. Spray on and wipe off, bike looks new. Great product.
If you have lots of dirt and grime, spray wash your bike good and then use it. Not to be supliminted for a good wash. Great dor in between washes.
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As some use it to shower, shampoo, shave, and wash ducklings with, that seems unlikely.
Actually, as a USCG retiree, I can assure you that the Marine cleanups definitely use Dawn to wash the animals. In the CG we actually call these people, "duck scrubbers".
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