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i noticed that the stripes and alot of the other graphics on my 04 gixxer is just stickers, i plan on washing and waxing my car tommorow, can i wax even over the stickers? will it damage the stickers or do i need to wax around them?

also, this might sounds stupid but im a new rider here, do i need to cover anything up when washing off my bike? is their anything that can;t get wet?
 

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TonyMontana said:
also, this might sounds stupid but im a new rider here, do i need to cover anything up when washing off my bike? is their anything that can;t get wet?
i'm gonna go out on a limb here and say no, you don't need to cover anything up. i don't have a gixxer however i would assume it should be fine to wash becuase if there was an issue if something got wet, then you'd never be able to ride in the rain.

as far as waxing, use Pledge. yes, thats right, the furniture spray. it works awesome, repels dust, it is a wax, it doesn't damage stickers, and its fast.
 

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pledge isn't a wood polish, its a wax.

meguiars wax products SHOULD be fine too. its no different that polishing boarts with it. boats have decals. it should be fine. i don't use it. i use Pledge.
 

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how to clean a bike (the basics):

1. DEGREASE. start at one end of the bike and work toward the other. approach this in a methodical way. i start be applying a degreaser to parts that attrach unwanted oily dirt; rear wheel, suspension linkages, and engine areas. i use a soft paint brush to do this. hard ones can damage the paint.

2. SOAP AND RINSE. clean degreaent off with a low-salt dertgent. normal household stuff often has a high alkaline content and can hasten corrosion. i use a soft spong to apply soapy water, and another to wash it off. then dry with cotton or chamois cloth. it's also good to do this in the shade, as the sun may cuase streaking.

3. LUBE / POLISH. places that you dont want to soak in water are thinks like the chain, piviot points, and other exposed moving parts. these are oiled for a reason and you dont want to wash that oil / grease off with out reappling it. your owners manula should have lube specs on things like the chain, throttle, brake line, etc. and of course we don't want to get any water down the exhuast. if you've got chrome, polish it often (well, actully any unprotected metal should polished). then finish up with wax on the paint jobs.

if you wanna get real tech, you can remove fairings and seat, silicon spray switches, check the grease on swingarm suspension, control pedals, etc and get out the tooth brush for hard to reach area's, etc.

did i miss anything?

keeps his bike super-clean,
-chr|s sedition
 

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Scarface:

Some waxes may contain petroleum based products that will dissolve colored material used in the manufacture of some bike decals. Most of the liquids will be the highest risk whereas pastes tend to have less of these solvents.
 

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I've never been any good at waxing, unless it one of those "Wash and Wax" I think the do in alright job. And on top wax has to be applied at the right temp not to hot not to cold.
 

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I normally just start my bike when its cold to wash it.. Just to make sure no water gets in the exhaust and such..

I just give it a very very light spraying.. then apply some hondabrite to it.. I dry it with a shammie or however you spell it those rags that absorb mosture then ring them out.. When it gets done i just use meguires spray on and wipe wax to finish it when its dry.. Also i lube the chain and anything else that needs relubed.. Ur suppost to do ur chain when its been rode but i just do it when its cold..
 

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Hi All-

My methodology is extremely similar to Chris Sedition's technique, except that I work from top to bottom because the lower portion of the bike collects the grit that could scratch a paintjob. I use warm (not hot) water with lots of vehicle-specific detergents and degreasing agents.

Another thing, if you drop your sponge on the ground...DO NOT USE IT AGAIN until you have run it through the clotheswasher with a load of other laundry. The sponge will pick up microscopic grains of sand that will ruin your paint. This tip was given to me by a top-line automotive detailer and I've never forgotten it.

Once I have entered the waxing phase, I use Mother's Carnauba products with great success. Between major cleaning and polishing sessions I used Lemon Pledge spray and it does a wonderful job. Bicycle racers have known this trick for decades.

I've ridden to my annual college homecoming on my motorcycle many times since graduation. It is hundreds of miles away, so when I reach the outskirts of town, I stop at a gas station to wipe the bugs off my leathers, wash my face, and brush my teeth. I then use one of those ziplock bags of Lemon Pledge Handi-Wipes to do a "mini-detail" of my entire motorcycle, boots, and full-face helmet. I then pull into campus looking good, feeling great, and smelling lemony fresh. It certainly makes it easier for one to turn heads when one's sportbike is gleaming.

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Hi CeeDeeLight-

One would ABSOLUTELY use an automotive-specific wax as a basecoat before using any other products. Once you have some good protective wax layers, it is easy and convenient to use spray-on Pledge as a quick touch-up while riding. See my post above on how I arrive at events hundreds of miles away from home looking all "fresh and clean" by using Pledge to rid my motorcycle of dust and bugs...

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Pledge eh? It must be good for when those unexpected guest arrive. I have owned a few gxr's in my day and have never had a problem with my decals and I've pounded them with just about everything. :2cents: Here's my routine: TAKE THE KEY OUT !!!
get the bike wet (cold) , On wet surface apply Simple green to the rims and tires (full strength) One at a time. Use a wash mit and have at 'em. ( a paint brush, 3" w/ duct tape around the metal band comes in handy for the tight spots) KEEP THE BIKE WET. I also do this to the engine, swingarm, sprocket, forks etc. Rinse 'er off often, do not let the Simple Green dry or apply it to a hot engine. Now using a mild car wash soap/wax. I do the entire bike including the areas already done with the Simple green. Rinse 'er off again. dry 'er off with soft terry-cloth towels. Then wax 'er up, hand buff 'er off.(she likes that). Then I use a product called "Race Glaze" (hard to find but I have a lifetime supply). It is simalar to Meguires Final Inspection. The only thing that can't get wet is the ignition switch. If you leave the key in, the water can travel down the key into the switch and it will eventually fail. NOW, here comes the good part. RIDE IT. Oh, NEVER EVER Armor- All the tires you WILL crash. I always get compliments on my bikes as they look brand new. I hope this helped. Oh, you can get the white wax residue that collects on the decal edges with a Q-tip or your fingernail. GOOD Luck !!! -Tom.
 

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Amor - All on the tires

I agree with BIMOTA RIDER. I'm a fairly new rider, and made that mistake last summer. After getting my bike nice and clean, and tires all "dressed" up with Armor All, I took the bike out for a spin and about 20 feet from my driveway I nearly fish-tailed my bike into a crash as I accelerated.

In fact, I would make sure that your tires are fully dried from just the water before even taking it out.
 

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Hi All-

Tires on a motorcycle should be very shiny and lubed...only if your riding leathers have room for all eight tentacles.

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A solution of rubbing alcohol and water will take the white dried wax off, and not harm your finish. It is recommended by 3M for use with their professional compounds and I have used it to take off dried wax too. I am going by memory (I am not in my garage or I'd look it up for you), but I think it is 20-30% isopropyl alcohol to 80-70% H2O. Of course if you are worried you can use a higher dilution.
 

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Hi Fuster-

A small detail brush (kind of like a toothbrush except longer and softer bristles) gets the dried wax out of crevices and against decals. If the wax is a "miss" that is still dried to the finish, I just rub it with the same soft cloth to buff it to a shine.

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Thanks, Blue Jays. I use my old toothbruses for detailing. If I need a harder bristle or softer bristle I buy new ones at the drug store. They are cheaper than the dedicated "detailing brushes" they sell for detailing cars, etc. :2cents:
 

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TonyMontana said:
what about lets say meguiars wax products, will those harm the stickers? something about using wood polish on my new bike dosen;t sounds too good

I've been using Meguiars products on my bike for some time(including waxing over the stickers) and have not had a problem with them.
 
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