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    Smile what to use for bike washing & polishing?



    Hi all. Like to ask what is the best band to use for bike washing n polishing?? And where to buy it? can i get it at shell petrol station??

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    Anyone out there can help?

     

     
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    petrol station has turtle wax. its pretty good. armorall is fine also.

    car shampoo works fine for washing.

    1st step is to wet the bike, dont force the water into the engine compartment. just a rough rinse over the major areas.

    then you soap up a bucket of water with the shampoo and wipe it around the bike. start from the top of the bike then move on to the lower dirtier areas. do tires last as they tend to be the dirtiest.

    rinse off the soapy water with another rinse of clean water. then move on to drying the bike with chamois cloth or microfiber cloth.

    after this, wax up the bike. squeeze abit of the wax to a sponge and rub it gently around the part you wanna wax. it will leave a hazy film which is normal. leave it for around 10 mins then wipe it off with polishing cloth or DRY microfiber cloth.

    ta-da, your bike is looking good.

    try to make sure you use the right polish for the right parts. chrome plastic and real metal chrome use different polishes. real metal chrome use chrome polish, plastic chrome use normal wax can already.
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    sorry if i'm asking stupid. for kr which should i use? wax or chrome polish?

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    Buy from giant cheaper. Im a user of turtle wax and some blue bottle hi glaze thingy
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    kr just wax la, no chrome parts mah.
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    My one bottle of armorall car wash lasted me more than a year.. wash my previous bike and current bike twice a month, plus share the car wash with frens when they come over my area to wash bike.. Still got 10% left..

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    i just use the excess tissue paper from Mcdonalds and KFC with the excess water from my water bottle hehe.

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    thx to those who share.

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    I wash my bike twice a week, tried this wax recommended by my friend, damn smooth and shiny. Washed my ride after 4days and the wax feeling was still there! Hi-Glaze 88 if im not wrong, Fantastic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vondy View Post
    I wash my bike twice a week, tried this wax recommended by my friend, damn smooth and shiny. Washed my ride after 4days and the wax feeling was still there! Hi-Glaze 88 if im not wrong, Fantastic!
    twice a week!!! i have to slaute you for your effort.

    i just use washing powder. haha...

     

     
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    i notice alot of riders in sg dont really wash their bike often. I think out of 10, maybe 5 or 4 actually has a bike that looks clean.

    maybe because no time or whatever. But i really cannot stand my bike being dirty. Even though it's just a phantom, everytime i see smudge on any of the chrome panels, i'll take out the polishing cloth and polish the chrome. so much so i do it during lunch hour. quite crazy.

    invest in a good polishing cloth. not expensive also. giant has some for cheap.
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    i cant stand my bike being dirty, im someone who carrass my bed when im at red light so bike must to clean LOL

    for waxing part, i use my bare hand to coat the bike with wax. leave it dry. buff it off with quite a damp microfiber. becareful ur clothe is free of particle which might scratch ur bike.

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    shall we meet up 1 day to wash bike tgt? can learn for those who know. haha
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    Muc-off. my personal review here.

    It's true: it's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than to ride a fast bike slow. Admittedly, though... It is MOST fun to ride a fast bike fast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechwira View Post
    Muc-off. my personal review here.
    that is some serious shine on ur cbr6!
    my cbr6 is repainted so im not sure if that affects the shine level comparing to urs..
    u said u left the muc-off overnight.
    maybe i will try leaving my cloudy wax overnight before wiping it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buyer86 View Post
    that is some serious shine on ur cbr6!
    my cbr6 is repainted so im not sure if that affects the shine level comparing to urs..
    u said u left the muc-off overnight.
    maybe i will try leaving my cloudy wax overnight before wiping it off.
    well like i said, the spray returned the bike to the original high quality finish. i donno how well it will work on a repainted finish. but first time i tried, i wiped it off like 20 mins after application, and leaving overnight the second time definitely made a difference. probably several hours will do, my sense is that leftover water as well as undried spray residue interferes with the shine when buffing dry.

    It's true: it's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than to ride a fast bike slow. Admittedly, though... It is MOST fun to ride a fast bike fast!

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    come, any ideas for getting rid of swirl marks on paint?

    i got abit of swirl marks on my tank, don't really wanna buy teh Turtle Wax swirl and scratch remover if it doesnt work.
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    i got a tub. it doesnt work.
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    yeah lor.

    we should organise a bike wash soon. everyone bring their own cleaning equipment and share. can exchange tips as well. I got bike shampoo to sponsor! just bought not long only, only use like 10 ml? armorall wash and wax. 2 in 1, not the best but gets the job done.

    time to educate the people that washing bike is good! yes there are people who don't believe in washing bikes AT ALL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CSV View Post
    yeah lor.

    we should organise a bike wash soon. everyone bring their own cleaning equipment and share. can exchange tips as well. I got bike shampoo to sponsor! just bought not long only, only use like 10 ml? armorall wash and wax. 2 in 1, not the best but gets the job done.

    time to educate the people that washing bike is good! yes there are people who don't believe in washing bikes AT ALL.
    ya. can someone organise? haha.
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    I believe this product will be needed for cleaning and maintenance of bike. Wheel Jockey.
    http://http://www.singaporebikes.com...rims-with-ease

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    How was a wash and wax shampoo compares to a wash, manual wax etc. thanks
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    hey hydher, i can tell you for one thing, 2 in 1 will not work as good as the specialised products.

    i tried the armorall wash and wax, doesnt give me the shine that specialised wax gives. maybe because of the "hazing" period?

    i bought it just as a shampoo. Still looking for a good wax product on my bike.
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    We should get one bike wash session started xD So you guys can teach me how to clean my bike lol.
    I got a couple of products which doesnt really work for my own experiments, so if we manage to get some wash gathering going on, I could bring them and see if helps on your stock high quality paint and lacquer. Things like rubbing compound, polishing compounds etc.
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    I use S100 products.. works wonders.. just using the wheel cleaner as degreaser and it's chain wax..

    shampoo just use any brand will do..
    i dun wax my bike..
    i also do not do finishing, did actually bought a S100 detailer spray but misplaced it..

    here's my chain and rear wheel area after cleaning..
    chain guard.jpg


    Had yet to try Muc Off products.. but might be buying them for my MTB..

    nothing beats the satisfaction of cleaning your own bike..

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    Quote Originally Posted by biting_point View Post
    I use S100 products.. works wonders.. just using the wheel cleaner as degreaser and it's chain wax..

    shampoo just use any brand will do..
    i dun wax my bike..
    i also do not do finishing, did actually bought a S100 detailer spray but misplaced it..

    here's my chain and rear wheel area after cleaning..
    chain guard.jpg


    Had yet to try Muc Off products.. but might be buying them for my MTB..

    nothing beats the satisfaction of cleaning your own bike..
    Hello mod, thanks for sharing.
    Is that your transport bike? If it is, its impressive and definitely took you quite alot of effort to keep it that way.
    Wax works wonders on my metal tank.
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    okok. i see if i can get 1 started. saturday everyone free right?

    i can sponsor shampoo, barely even used any. its wash and wax 2 in one. my place got free water supply also. lol.
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    okok. i see if i can get 1 started. saturday everyone free right?

    i can sponsor shampoo, barely even used any. its wash and wax 2 in one. my place got free water supply also. lol.
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    washing the bike's fairings poses no problem to me ..
    but what bothers me is the dirt/oil on the rims, esp the rear rim..
    u guys hav any easy yet super effective way to clean them?
    i've tried armorall foam, wd40 degreaser, shampoo soap, detergent.. n i left them for awhile b4 washing them off..
    the thing is i always hav to do it at least twice..
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    Quote Originally Posted by CSV View Post
    okok. i see if i can get 1 started. saturday everyone free right?

    i can sponsor shampoo, barely even used any. its wash and wax 2 in one. my place got free water supply also. lol.
    Too bad you stay too far away. If not, id find a washing buddy.

    Quote Originally Posted by ikki View Post
    washing the bike's fairings poses no problem to me ..
    but what bothers me is the dirt/oil on the rims, esp the rear rim..
    u guys hav any easy yet super effective way to clean them?
    i've tried armorall foam, wd40 degreaser, shampoo soap, detergent.. n i left them for awhile b4 washing them off..
    the thing is i always hav to do it at least twice..
    Wipe after rain, Use a chain wax instead.
    Use gt85 to clean instead of wd40.
    Detergent works wonders.
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    hmm, we can meet in central location also. see who has the place.

    come out meet, ride, convoy! i wanna see your steed.
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    If you see me give me a holla!
    Hmm can meet up at KFC or macs at kallang. Nice chill out place.
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    a mild soap ..is all i use..

    polish the painted areas if necessay...

    as for rims...just use tissue --wipe and throw..

    most cannot follow my method of cleaning the rear rims...wipe and throw..

    unless you have a chain oiler...u will need harsh solvents/soap to remove the tough crud..

    if any one is interested o do a bike wash...come to my place...
    pails, water...super dish washing liquid..avaialable..bring your own other cleaning stuff..

    unable to provide foam pads...as have experience pads being abused.
    provide clean foam pads..but came back black with grease..

    if keen...how about this saturday..
    place bayshore road...
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    experience the miracle...
    where chain cleaning is history...
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    I use rain water

    Water, Turtlewax, sponge, small sponge, degreaser, car shampoo, microfibre cloth, the buffing sponge thing that comes with turtlewax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ezzyoiler View Post
    a mild soap ..is all i use..

    polish the painted areas if necessay...

    as for rims...just use tissue --wipe and throw..

    most cannot follow my method of cleaning the rear rims...wipe and throw..

    unless you have a chain oiler...u will need harsh solvents/soap to remove the tough crud..

    if any one is interested o do a bike wash...come to my place...
    pails, water...super dish washing liquid..avaialable..bring your own other cleaning stuff..

    unable to provide foam pads...as have experience pads being abused.
    provide clean foam pads..but came back black with grease..

    if keen...how about this saturday..
    place bayshore road...
    what time are u thinking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jehuty View Post
    I use rain water

    Water, Turtlewax, sponge, small sponge, degreaser, car shampoo, microfibre cloth, the buffing sponge thing that comes with turtlewax.
    wah. serious ah. you actually collect rainwater when it rains?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xavw View Post
    what time are u thinking?
    5 to 6pm...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ezzyoiler View Post
    5 to 6pm...
    bleh, got something on. gonna have to pass. happy bike washing.

    i just use some cheapo carwash liquid bought from those ABC bargain stores for $2, and forgot what brand carnuba wax for bike. bought from Giant for abt $10. works fine for me. i think armourall is overpriced.

    i riding a first hand bike. got to say regular washing and waxing helps keep the bike in tip-top condition. esp for the paint finish and external bits. once i parked beside another bike of same model, similar milage, and number place. the fella's bike looks really old and dull. mine still look new and shiny. a world of difference.

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    anyone...bike wash...call me..
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    Heres what I use,

    1) Bike shampoo - No preference. Anything that is cheap off the shelves.
    2) Wax - I prefer 3M liquid wax or Maxima Spray and Shine. I also use Pledge too.
    3) Chain cleaner/lube - I use kerosene to clean the chain and currently using Dupont Teflon spray to lube
    4) Rim cleaner - Just use the spray and shine
    5) Matt Black surface - I use Maxima SC1. Very highly recommendable
    6) Cleaning tools - I use hand to wash the bike especially on the painted surface to avoid scratching the surface. Of course for those area like rims and engine compartment, I use cloth or sponge. I also use those bottle which can built up compress air inside to spray the water. This way, I only use 1/4 pail of water to wash my bike.

     

     
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    where to get kerosene ah. i tried finding cnanot find leh.

    for now, i use newspaper wipe the chain then spray new lube on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kinwei View Post
    Heres what I use,

    1) Bike shampoo - No preference. Anything that is cheap off the shelves.
    2) Wax - I prefer 3M liquid wax or Maxima Spray and Shine. I also use Pledge too.
    3) Chain cleaner/lube - I use kerosene to clean the chain and currently using Dupont Teflon spray to lube
    4) Rim cleaner - Just use the spray and shine
    5) Matt Black surface - I use Maxima SC1. Very highly recommendable
    6) Cleaning tools - I use hand to wash the bike especially on the painted surface to avoid scratching the surface. Of course for those area like rims and engine compartment, I use cloth or sponge. I also use those bottle which can built up compress air inside to spray the water. This way, I only use 1/4 pail of water to wash my bike.
    What kind of bottle may I ask? The only thing that comes to mind when I read it was super soaker water gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plasticprison View Post
    What kind of bottle may I ask? The only thing that comes to mind when I read it was super soaker water gun.
    It called pressure sprayer. Same concept as Super Soaker gun bah.


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    Quote Originally Posted by plasticprison View Post
    wah. serious ah. you actually collect rainwater when it rains?
    No la, before I tend to leave bike parking in open without cover, use rain to clean the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSV View Post
    where to get kerosene ah. i tried finding cnanot find leh.

    for now, i use newspaper wipe the chain then spray new lube on.
    Why not use diesel? Buy the metal can from the petrol station then pump diesel.
    Btw, use thin oil after using diesel or your chain will rust.



    Quote Originally Posted by kinwei View Post
    It called pressure sprayer. Same concept as Super Soaker gun bah.

    Good idea on this.
    Anyway, Does pledge really work? i feel its rather "oily"
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    thin oil as in what thin oil?

    use diesel and brush to clean, then spray on my lube can anot ah. its the bel ray white sperm lube. thick thick kind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CSV View Post
    thin oil as in what thin oil?

    use diesel and brush to clean, then spray on my lube can anot ah. its the bel ray white sperm lube. thick thick kind.
    i tried with maxima chain wax and it rusted
    Eo, gear oil. Just based on my experience.

    Any fans of pledge lemon here?
    Im going to try it. hahaha
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    I got my kerosene from my dad office. He has one big tin on unused kerosene. Don't know where he got it. Diesel is fine too. Actually if you ride your bike often, your chain won't rust so easily unless it is always exposed to rain etc. I never "oil" the chain after washing with kerosene at all. Just spray with the usual chain wax after that will do. And I only spray a little bit only and on the inner side of the chain. No rust even after 1 week of non-riding but my bike is always under sheltered nor ride in the rain (if possible).

    Pledge is GOOD stuff! Everyone should try it. I don't find it oily, just slippery but not those oily kind of slippery. And easy to apply also. After that my bike smell of lemon. NICE!

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    cool stuff. i shall try it! thanks guys.

    updates on bike wash.

    not sure where else provide free water leh. if can find some place that does and in central location, we can meet and wash our bikes and wash each other also.
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