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Old 11-23-23, 08:57 AM
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Bike cleaning product

I was watching a YT channel and this host who restores bikes uses Pledge furniture polish for bike frame cleaning. I have never heard of this nor ever considered it. Trying to imagine it's properties and whether it would be good for the frame and I cannot see it.
What are your thoughts?
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Old 11-23-23, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by MarcusT
Trying to imagine it's properties and whether it would be good for the frame and I cannot see it.
What are your thoughts?
It won't hurt a bike frame.

If you wish to purchase specialized bike cleaning products, there are plenty on the market - like these. Personally, I've never found a need for anything beyond dish soap and water on a bike frame.
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Originally Posted by MarcusT
I was watching a YT channel and this host who restores bikes uses Pledge furniture polish for bike frame cleaning. I have never heard of this nor ever considered it. Trying to imagine it's properties and whether it would be good for the frame and I cannot see it.
What are your thoughts?
It's been a go-to frame cleaner literally for decades. I think I first heard it recommended in the 1980s. And it was Lemon Pledge, not just "regular" Pledge
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I used to use Pledge on my beer can collection back in the late 70s. Working on a metal frame makes sense. Not sure how well on a matte CF frame?

Fit for purpose alternative is Pedro's bike lust. About twice the cost though per ounce
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I use crocodile wipes on my bike. Best thing that Iíve ever used


pedros bike lust for that additional shine
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Old 11-24-23, 10:16 AM
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I've been using Pledge for 2 years, no issues and seems to work fine.
Leaves a slight film which I think stops water/mud getting to the surface.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene
Not sure how well on a matte CF frame?
I've been using Meguiar's Natural Shine Protectant (interior product) on my matte finish and it's awesome.
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Old 11-25-23, 10:39 AM
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Used Pledge on outside of windshield of bush planes for years. Worked somewhat like RainX but we didnít know about that. I will try it on my steel bikes.

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The guy who built my super fly, custom ti frame recommended it for the Cerakote finish.
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Old 11-25-23, 04:12 PM
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Probably not good on matte finish. I have been using it as a detail spray for 30 yrs on motorcycles. I also use it occasionally on the bicycles.
it does seem to leave a nice protective film and works well.
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I use dish soap (Dawn ultra) in water with a splash of kerosene for cleaning.

maybe a little automotive degreaser spray on the chain.

Blow dry with shop air

+ 1 on Lemon Pledge, the best thing about it is low / no abrasive for post was polishing.

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Old 11-25-23, 06:15 PM
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I wash my bikes with plain water, spray on 409 type stuff or just soapy water. I sometimes finish up the CF bike with Armoral, 303 or similar type of protectant, or pledge. On the ti bikes, I might use the same things or stainless steel cleaner like Weiman's.

But I rarely clean a bike other than spraying it down in the yard to get off the obvious dirt ;or quickly cleaning it with some 409 type stuff on a rag.
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I've used Lemon Pledge on all my street motorcycles and sprayed down my offroad bikes with WD-40 after washing.
Bicycles normally just need a damp and dry microfiber cloth wipe down.
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Been using Lemon Pledge for decades...added benefit is the lemon fresh smell.
It doesn't work particularly well on a matte finish but the matte finish is supposed to be 'matte' and the LP leaves a shine.
Used it for twenty years on my Merlin Ti frame...always looked and smelled great.
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Used Lemon Pledge on my bikes since the late 80s. Sometimes when using it outside a couple bees will start buzzing around.
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Siu Blue Wind used to swear by her lemony Pledge. I assume she still does.
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I`ve been riding motorcycles for decades, and I`ve been using Lemon Pledge on everything except the seat and tires. Works GREAT on windshields.
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I was thinking about Simple Green. Does it hurt cf?
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I use Bike Wash by Finish Line to clean frames and rims and Bike Lust from Pedro’s for polishing and protecting.
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Old 12-08-23, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by cweb99
I use crocodile wipes on my bike. Best thing that Iíve ever used


pedros bike lust for that additional shine
Just bought a tub of the crocodile wipes. Good stuff! Works on anything as far as I can tell
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I have been using Simple Green for decades, but it does need to be diluted with water. I have heard the ratio is 1:10. I generally use the diluted color approach rather than measure it out.

The only caveat is the rinse it off promptly.

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Nowadays I mostly do any cleaning of the bike locally as needed. I prefer to spend my time doing other things(and I'm cheap, frugal ), so I keep maintenance to the essentials, with diligence.(Chain, rims, tires, derailleurs, etc.) Long gone are the ritual of a complete car-like wash and wax of some sort. By cleaning now I mean using a rag with water or window cleaner(I was gifted it by the gallon), and even wd-40 from the bulk cans in a drip bottle for anything that needs a little oomph. I have a bottle of Pedro's shiny something that I've had for 20 some years, that's how much I care about bike beauty products. Believe it or not wd-40 makes for quite a shine. I wipe it good and dry and doesn't attract anymore dirt than anything else. In the summer sweat drips are not an issue as I tend to wipe my brow as needed with a good ol' wet washcloth. Plus I wear long sleeve compression tops under a light SS jersey/shirt, and that effectively keeps me cool via evaporative cooling in the wind.
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I think that many products can be used to clean a bike. The possibilities are endless.
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Originally Posted by pepperbelly
I was thinking about Simple Green. Does it hurt cf?
Not CF, the environment <-yes.

If you have to use it, make sure it super diluted. I use Dawn dishwashing detergent - very diluted - and then I wash contaminated geese with whatís left over.
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