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Old 01-10-18, 06:38 PM   #26
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White latex paint, the glossy stuff, works well.

Which is not to say I recommend it, unless you like that glossy feeling.
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Two of my bikes are set up with white tape....vintage Cinelli. I'm down with those who don't fuss too much about keeping it squeaky clean, but I do give it a wipe now and then with a rag dampened with citrus cleaner.

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start with black tape
Hey! I was going to say that!

Actually there is something to try. One of those citrus-based cleaners or similar, but NOT Simple Green which supposedly eats aluminum.
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Take pictures at the beginning of a ride? After washing your hands first?

In all seriousness, I got lucky with this roll of tape on my Nuova Strada (having just installed Cinelli Criterium bars). It resists grime fairly easily, and cleans up readily using one of those Mr. Clean magic white pad things. That pad also works well with white cable housing that gets smudged from dirt, grease, or electrical tape (under the bars).

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I seem to recall someone on here a few years back talking about using a clear coat over white cotton in lieu of shellac - polyurethane, perhaps? I don't recall how (or even if) it worked out for that person. Maybe they'll chime in.
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Soap and Water just like you would clean cloth clothing. Just use a soft nylon brush.
If you want White Tape Benotto is another option. Myself I don't like black tape.
So unimaginative.
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Just own it. It still appears "white" from a distance.
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A polyurethane wrap is washable but 'gotta be careful how hard you pull it because there's a point beyond which, it'll just... pop!
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Not impossible to clean up white cloth tape, or even cork wrap. I use some very mild detergent and a soft rag to clean off the grime that accumulates where I have placed my ands, mainly at the hoods and hooks of the drop bars. For tougher stuff, and on white tape or wrap only, a Clorox bleach pen works very well. Just be certain you take a damp cloth and wipe/rinse away the excess, and rub it dry with a dry soft cloth.

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Years ago we used to spray new cloth tape with Scotchguard spray, it don't keep it any cleaner but it does make it more washable.
I don't think I'd use anything with bleach as it may soak in and corrode the bars. Clorine bleach is extremely corrosive.
Many years ago I had buddy down the road who rode and only ran white bar tape, he would flip the bike over put the bars in a big tub, then spray the bar tape down with white wall cleaner, it would clean the tape, and turn the aluminum parts bright white. The bar tape looked like new, but the rest of the bike looked like it got dunked in battery acid after a few years. That stuff left streaks in the paint and every metal surface it touched.
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but NOT Simple Green which supposedly eats aluminum.
Really? Any data/testing on that?

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Years ago we used to spray new cloth tape with Scotchguard spray, it don't keep it any cleaner but it does make it more washable.
Well, that sounds clever.
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Any alkali cleaner will etch or eat into aluminum. I've seen 409 do the same thing. I had a pair of bars that were cleaned repeatedly over the years with 409 cleaner, the bars were etched in a spiral pattern, they were eaten away where the tape was only single layer, yet protected where the tape was overlapped.

I'd say plain soap and water, or car wash.

Simple Green does make an aircraft rated cleaner and they sell Simple Green Extreme which is safe for aluminum and aircraft parts.
I use the latter in my ultrasonic parts cleaner to clean bike parts.
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"Really? Any data/testing on that?"

Most of the environmentally friendly cleaners are hard on aluminum. I found that out the hard way after soaking some cranks and derailleurs in Purple Power for a few hours. The bottle warning said to test it first on an inconspicuous spot, and I did that. Now those parts have seemingly permanent dark stains. BTW 409 states that it should not be used on aluminum.
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The best way to keep white handlebar tape white is to keep it in its original packaging and install a different colored tape instead.

Something that is often recommended by Hardrock23 is baby wipes. They do tend to clean greasy dirty things rather well, so maybe try some of those? I use them for all kinds of clean-ups, even though my kids are slightly past the point of needing them for their intended purpose.

I've stopped using Simple Green in general.
Here is the FAQ link for Simple Green. Frequently Asked Questions | Simple Green | Australia
You can click on "Aluminum" to see what they recommend.

They also say this about aluminum: http://simplegreen.com/cleaning-tips...etal/aluminum/
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"Really? Any data/testing on that?"

Most of the environmentally friendly cleaners are hard on aluminum. I found that out the hard way after soaking some cranks and derailleurs in Purple Power for a few hours. The bottle warning said to test it first on an inconspicuous spot, and I did that. Now those parts have seemingly permanent dark stains. BTW 409 states that it should not be used on aluminum.
I sat a grubby Dura-Ace 10-speed cassette in a warm water + Purple Power mix and after a few hours the cog carriers (21/24/27T) and lock ring were a lustrous dark grey. Unexpected, but kinda cool as it came out well. I want to test it on a spare set of 7800 rings. I could get Shimano's "Century Finish" in no time!
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The best way to keep white handlebar tape white is to keep it in its original packaging and install a different colored tape instead.
That is almost exactly what I was going to say. But you beat me to it.

Edit: I worked in a couple of bike shops and the staff could not even keep white bar tape on floor models clean.

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I've had good luck with Simple Green on most bar tapes.

Never noticed it damaging anything, but I dilute it by half for general purpose cleaning like this. Full strength for cleaning drive trains and rims, but I don't let it sit in there for longer than a couple minutes.
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"keep it clean" or "clean it" ?

Keeping it clean. I dunno. Even protective applications build up dirt. Other than "don't ride," I have no answer. Still, I like white wrap.

Clean it. Some wraps react very well to Lemon Pledge. I do not know why. Others react well to Dawn dishwashing detergent, hot water, and a toothbrush. Simple Green works, as does Purple Stuff, but be very careful not to let any of that stuff dry on your other bike components. I've also used a Magic Eraser (generic brand) with hot soapy dish detergent, and frequent rinsing and wiping down. (You don't really want water getting all up under that wrap.) Works well, but I'd recommend putting the bike in the sun afterwards and getting that wrap get good and dry. Some wraps will "harden up" from this type of treatment.

Bikes I rode often got new wrap every spring, anyway, until I left the cork wraps behind and went with some of the modern stuff. Spongy/rubbery wraps don't get dirty as fast and clean up easily. The leather-look wraps clean well enough, but do tend to lose any softness or cushioning after wet/dry cycles.
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White latex paint, the glossy stuff, works well.

Which is not to say I recommend it, unless you like that glossy feeling.
I've lost that glossy feeling.
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WHAT? you guys don't appreciate "Patina" on a C&V forum!!!???

Fresh white tape doesn't fit with a well used bike!
Agreed. Several centuries and metrics on this wrap. Perforated white Fizik tape.

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As said, Shellac will yellow, clear lacquer sprayed on, or polyester spray paint , may not, but then you might as well have used a plastic tape..
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When I had cloth tape on my daily bike (with no shellac or other coating), I found that a pressure washer made it look as clean as brand new. The clean look didn't last long, but it took less than a minute to pressure wash. My tape wasn't white, but was a bright orange that showed dirt easily. I ran that tape job for about three years (it was a harlequin, so I'd put some time into wrapping it.) By the end, the tape was frayed and I expect the pressure washing contributed. But three years is plenty of service for a wrap. Give that a try.

Or, switch to Fizik tape. I now use the white perforated Fizik and anything - grease, dirt - simply wipes off. Brilliant product.

On another bike, I use Benotto plastic tape. It resists dirt and cleans easily, but zero padding effect.

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Any alkali cleaner will etch or eat into aluminum. I've seen 409 do the same thing. I had a pair of bars that were cleaned repeatedly over the years with 409 cleaner, the bars were etched in a spiral pattern, they were eaten away where the tape was only single layer, yet protected where the tape was overlapped.

I'd say plain soap and water, or car wash.

Simple Green does make an aircraft rated cleaner and they sell Simple Green Extreme which is safe for aluminum and aircraft parts.
I use the latter in my ultrasonic parts cleaner to clean bike parts.
Interesting. I used some last summer and somehow got away with it. That said, I recall using some in the mid 70's to clean the engine bay of my Chevy Nova, and it took the paint right off the valve cover. Never used it again until recently.
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Fizik Microtex and Formula 409.

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