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SWOTL: Wax or Polymer

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I don't use either
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Offline Studley

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Wax versus Polymer versus ...
« on: May 16, 2015, 04:36:14 pm »
Seeking the wisdom of the list. I like to ride more than shine and I am interested in the opinions of forum members on what is their preferred product to maintain the finish on their Trophy.

Please feel free to recommend and elaborate on what and why you use...

Thanks in advance

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Re: Wax versus Polymer versus ...
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2015, 05:32:48 pm »
I stopped wet washing my bikes with a hose years ago unless its absolutely necessary, especially my Triumphs, learned this the hard way. I been using Meguiars Quik Wax and Quik Detailer on my last three bikes and its quick and easy. Just spray it directly onto a microfiber towel to dampen and wipe on and wipe off. Neither product will leave a haze and can also be used on the dark trim (rubber or metal) and black paint around the tank and it makes for a very nice shine. I just do a quick wipe down every couple of rides and it keeps my 2013 looking brand spanking new.


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Re: Wax versus Polymer versus ...
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2015, 05:40:40 pm »
Oh yeah, almost forgot, I use this on the exhaust. Works the same way, just spray onto a towel to dampen, wipe on then wipe off...Works great. I'm really into quick & easy.


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Re: Wax versus Polymer versus ...
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2015, 05:44:19 pm »
If those products bring the bike up looking that good then they are worth their weight in gold....

Does it clear off all the bug kill and any road tar??
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Re: Wax versus Polymer versus ...
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2015, 07:05:49 pm »
Very clean looking bike very nice. :002:

I use Muc Off spray if it has been in the rain and just to get the crud off and under the hell arch and around the rear suspension.

For a quick wipe and polish  Pledge or Mr sheen  but for a proper shine either MgQuires or Auto Glym wax then Auto Glym Super resin polish then top off with Extra gloss finish.

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Re: Wax versus Polymer versus ...
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2015, 07:09:57 pm »
PS

Having the Bike lift now takes the pain of crawling around on the garage floor. Plus the wheels are free for easy cleaning.

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Re: Wax versus Polymer versus ...
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2015, 08:48:51 pm »
Good old Hydrogen Peroxide from the neighborhood pharmacy or even Wal-Mart works great for bugs. Put it in a spray bottle, wet down the bugs, give it a few minutes to work, and the bugs remove easily. No harm to paint or plastics. The only wax or polish I use is furniture polish and the cheaper the better. Easy to use, puts on a nice shine, and the water beads up and rolls off. Granted it does not last as long as some of the high dollar waxes, but I can find it anywhere when traveling and the stuff works great for a quick clean up too. I tend to keep my bikes for awhile and my ten year old RT with 100,000 miles looked great when I parted with it. Nothing but furniture polish had ever touched it.

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Re: Wax versus Polymer versus ...
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2015, 10:54:52 pm »
Does it clear off all the bug kill and any road tar??
Depends on how bad the bugs are. For just light de-bugging, I just mist them with water from a spray bottle, let it soak them soft and wipe them off. For heavy de-bugging, especially in lovebug season, I do as what NavyDad does, it works well. I spray with the 3% hydrogen peroxide (brown bottle from the drug store), let them bubble white and then wipe them off, some use a garden hose and spray them off.

For road tar, chewing gum and sticky stuff like that on the bottom of the bike, and I've had it on the rims too, I use Goo Gone or WD-40 to remove.
« Last Edit: May 16, 2015, 10:56:58 pm by Zebraranger »

 



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