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Old 11-25-17, 09:34 PM
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Bike Polish.

Hello,

I would like to ask for advice on the best polish/cleaner I can buy for a carbon frame bike. Any tips on how to apply and clean the frame with said polish would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 11-25-17, 09:43 PM
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How about Dawn dishwashing detergent for cleaning and your favorite car wax for protection. Polishes are typically abrasive and shouldn't be needed unless your paint is oxidized.
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Lucas Slick Mist. I've used this on 3 bikes after a thorough top to bottom restoration. It's amazing.

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Old 11-25-17, 10:30 PM
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Made especially for PLASTIC bikes.




But seriously, it's good. Originally developed for aircraft windscreens. I use it on motorcycle helmet face shields. It cleans well, like Windex, but leaves an invisible film that repels water, like an auto wax.



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Harly Wax (Carnuba Wax) (100% Carnuba wax)

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Same stuff you'd use to clean and wax your Corvette or McLaren .. it's the lacquer on the surface of the epoxy, that you are conserving..
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Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Detailer 22-oz.

Same thing you use on a car's surface. But the surface should be clean before applying.

A one-step polish cleaner may not be suited for bike frames. Bikes get dirty with road grime and you don't want to rub that stuff into the paint.
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I tend to use Pledge or spray wax instead of regular car polish. Car polish contains mild abrasives, which, while they probably won't hurt the bike's finish if used in moderation, aren't really needed either.

True story, a brother-in-law was so proud of his car when he was in high school that he waxed it ever day. After a few months, he 'polished' right through the paint.
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If it has a matte finish, don't use wax or polish. Unless, you don't like the matte finish.
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Thanks guys for all the info! I think using two separate solutions, one for cleaning and one for waxing is the best way to go about cleaning and polishing my bike frame.
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This is a great question and great answers, but for some reason the title of the thread keeps making me think of something entirely different. (I'm half Czech.)
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How about polishing powder coated frames. I have a powder coated Surly that's not as pretty as it used to be. Will any automotive polishing compound work, or does anyone make something for powder coat?
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How about polishing powder coated frames. I have a powder coated Surly that's not as pretty as it used to be. Will any automotive polishing compound work, or does anyone make something for powder coat?
Products for paint seem to work fine on powder jobs. I have high gloss clear powder over the color on all my bikes. I use any old car wax that I have around and it shines like no tomorrow. I haven't had the need to do it myself, but I know someone who has used different rubbing and polishing compounds and achieved great results.
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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
This is a great question and great answers, but for some reason the title of the thread keeps making me think of something entirely different. (I'm half Czech.)
Yes, it sounds like the owner wants tips on how to use one product to clean and polish. I, for one, would not use one product to do both cleaning and polishing. After a ride, there's too much grime on that surface and I would not want to scratch up the surface.

Even on a car, there is the wash and then the polish. Maybe I am misunderstanding, but to me, wash and clean are the same thing.

Then there is even the distinction between "polishing" and "waxing". To me, the polish brings out the lustre of the paint finish and the wax can do both but also has a perceived protective coating.
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This is a great question and great answers, but for some reason the title of the thread keeps making me think of something entirely different. (I'm half Czech.)
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