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Cleaner/Polish of choice ?(10 posts)

Cleaner/Polish of choice ?GreenFan
Apr 9, 2002 4:44 PM
As the new owner of beautiful new Pinarello, I would like to know what your cleaner or polish of choice is, in the past a damp rag, simply green, maybe some mild dishsoap, was all that I used to keep the bikes clean...but with this one, I want to not only keep it clean, but keep it shiny/new as well. Abstinence is NOT an option ;)
Lemon Pledgecory
Apr 9, 2002 4:55 PM
To be honest, I'm not a fan of pristine bikes--I don't mind if they show they've been ridden. When I do clean & shine, though, I just use water and a rag, bounce to get the water off, lube everything that needs it and wipe down the paint with Lemon Pledge on a paper towel.
Ditto- (nm)rideslikeagirl
Apr 10, 2002 7:05 AM
re: Cleaner/Polish of choice ?DINOSAUR
Apr 9, 2002 5:32 PM
My Klein is going on 4 seasons now. Any good automotive wax will work. I favor pure carnuba wax as that is what I've used on my cars over the years. I've applied a couple of coats of Finish 2002 over the carnuba. I take care to wipe my bike clean after each ride using Simple Green and a lot of elbow grease. I apply Simple Green with paper shop towels you can purchase in bulk at auto supply stores. It usually takes two of three folded up towels saturated with Simple Green for each clean up. A couple of times a week I'll use Pledge furniture polish. Windex works good on the chrome parts.

If it gets real filthy, I'll strip off the wheels and give it a good spray down with Simple Green and let it sit in the sun for 20 minutes, then rinse it off with a light spray from a garden hose. This is a good time to apply the was after it drys.

I can't tell you how many time my bike has been mistaken for being brand new.

But I figure since this thing cost more than the first new car I purchased in 1969, it deserves some care.
tightwad optiontarwheel
Apr 10, 2002 4:21 AM
When I went to buy some Lemon Pledge, I noticed the Food Lion brand of lemon furniture wax cost about half as much ($2 vs $4). The Food Lion brand uses real wax, but Pledge is not wax but some sort of poly mix. A lot of people use Pledge with good results, but the Food Lion brand has worked well for me. Goes on easy, puts a nice shine on the paint, and makes it much easier to clean.
re: Cleaner/Polish of choice ?xxl
Apr 10, 2002 4:31 AM
Most auto parts stores sell "glazing compounds" (not, repeat, not, rubbing compound), which are supposed to be used on brand new auto finishes, until the clear coat chemicals set up and are able to handle the more abrasive polishes of most car waxes. Macguire's is a popular brand, but I'm sure there are others, all of which are bound to be cheaper than "bike polish." BTW, you'll want to stay away from paste-type polishes (vs. liquids) on your baby, as they're a bit rougher on the finish.

Personally, I like Lemon Pledge, and the only professional team I knew used it exclusively on all their bikes. But the newer liquid car polishes, designed for clear-coat finishes, are all pretty decent.
Pedros Bike LustJacko
Apr 10, 2002 4:32 AM
This stuff works pretty well. Keeps the bike gleaming and helps keep some of the road grunge from collecting.

I find that I don't need to use a separate cleaner -- this stuff takes off the light grime that develops. Of course, I'm kind a freak about cleaning my rig so it's rare it gets too gunky.

Collinite Wax is IncredibleBob in Indiana
Apr 10, 2002 7:20 AM
Have used this stuff for years on everything from Motorcycles, to my OCLV, to an 80G sports car (back before the kids and sanity set in!)

It is VERY expensive, and only sold through distribution that I know of, but some of their products, which were designed for Industrial, Aeronautical and Marine applications are unbelievably durable, while being safe for all types of paint (incl. cleat-coat) finishes as well.

The Marque D'Elegance carnauba takes a LOT of elbow grease to apply and remove, but is the most durable, glossiest wax I have ever tried, and I am extremely meticulous (wife says anal) when it comes to maintaining my "stuff".

Here's their link:

I bought mine (and was very impressed with customer service) through a gentleman named Mark Tyler @:

I'm not an advertiser for them or anything, but wholeheartedly recommend their stuff. The NSX Club of America I used to belong to had a LOT of members complete loyalty to Collinite products.
Collinite Wax is IncredibleBIGBOB
Apr 10, 2002 8:18 AM
Collinite products can be found at most boating retailers such as Boat U/S and West Marine. I agree as to how great this stuff is.
re: Cleaner/Polish of choice ?grzy
Apr 10, 2002 9:06 AM
I've found the citrus based degreaser and a quiver of brushes advised by the folks at Pedros in their Pit Kit instructions (see, and avail. at any Ace Hdw., really cuts through the grease, grime, and dried up sports drink. I then complete the job with either Pedros Bike Lust or the Finishline Pro Detailer. This treatment will make you bike look immaculate and new and the slick finish keeps stuff from sticking. I can take a totally gimey road bike and make it look new in about 20 min. - MTB's take a bit longer with all the suspension linkages and corners.