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Question Cleaning Products You Would Recommend

What has worked for you well enough that you would recommend?

I have not gotten the waxing and polishing bug as many of you have, so to me, a good cleaning product will allow me to clean my bike in a quick and safe manner. Can you recommend anything that works well (be it for paint, engine, wheels, etc.) and is cost effective, and does not require a buffer or spending an entire day detailing.

Are the Original Cleaners products any good?
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I will give you my thoughts based off of 25+ years of detailing experience.

To date the best paint products I've found are the Menzerna line. You can use them by hand but work much better with a random orbital machine. It takes me a couple of hours to do a full detail on Porti. I would imagine for an XC it would take about 30 extra minutes with the bags and fairing. You have an XR so maybe 20 minutes.

Here is where I buy it... http://www.properautocare.com/exteriorcare.html

For non painted metal the best I've used is Master's Formula. That stuff is amazing. It gets the best shine with the least amount of work and IMO much better then Mothers with the powerball!! I get my Masters from Cycleops. Check my sig.

For your engine, Pig Spit or S-100.
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Great! Thanks.

Any body cleaning products that take 30min total? :-) I can't detail my bike for 2.5hrs - I can't be around it for more than 30 minutes without riding it. And as I mentioned, it doesn't have to be waxed and polished to bike show condition. I just want it clean - The daily dust and whatever else the road throws at me (bugs and grime).

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Ooooooooooooooooooooohhhh.

Well then, here is what I do. When I don't feel like putting the time in. I wash her with a CAR wash solution, NOT DISH SOAP!! lol

I then throw a coat of Meguiar's NXT on her. For the next 2 or 3 weeks after that I dust her down with a small California Duster then take a detailer spray..all brands seem to work the same to me and spray it on one microfiber rag wipe and go behind it with another dry micro cloth. Takes about 5 minutes max!
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I have good results with ProtectAll. Picked it up at local cycle shop. Sprays on, foams up, wipes off. Looks good and does not attract dust like other detail sprays I've used.

http://www.protectall.com/

I did the whole bike in less than an hour.

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Ooooooooooooooooooooohhhh.

Well then, here is what I do. When I don't feel like putting the time in. I wash her with a CAR wash solution, NOT DISH SOAP!! lol

I then throw a coat of Meguiar's NXT on her. For the next 2 or 3 weeks after that I dust her down with a small California Duster then take a detailer spray..all brands seem to work the same to me and spray it on one microfiber rag wipe and go behind it with another dry micro cloth. Takes about 5 minutes max!
Yes! That's the stuff they made for lazy folk like me! I do have good car wash solution, a good microfiber sponge, and a chamois, but I cringe at the thought that I am (no matter how careful) splattering water where water's not welcomed. What good is it I don't ride in the rain if I end up pissing water all over the bike?

Needless to say, I just washed her 2 days ago, and she's getting dusty again. I will try the Meguiar's NXT as you've suggested, and that PIG SPIT not only sounds catchy, but seems to be a good product to have for cleaning the engine and the other stuff that's not wash friendly.

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One thing to remember is don't use high pressure when washing. I don't use a nozzle when I wash. Just a nice medium stream and the water runs off better that way.

I don't really care for Chamois I use cotton towels.

Don't forget to dust her first before using a detail spray. Basically not dusting before wiping is like using sand paper on your paint. All that dust gets stuck in the towel and you just sand away on the paint when you wipe.
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One thing to remember is don't use high pressure when washing. I don't use a nozzle when I wash. Just a nice medium stream and the water runs off better that way.

I don't really care for Chamois I use cotton towels.

Don't forget to dust her first before using a detail spray. Basically not dusting before wiping is like using sand paper on your paint. All that dust gets stuck in the towel and you just sand away on the paint when you wipe.
Good point. I did use a shower like water spray on it to avoid pushing water in bad places.

Does dusting not scratch the paint? I never used a duster.

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Between wax's I use Lucas "Slick Mist" with a micro fiber towel. A clean micro fiber towel is really critical or, like Diamond said, it's like using sandpaper on the clear coat finish.

I'm really impressed with the Slick Mist. I use it everywhere with no issues; even the windshield. It doesn't take much either. Usually I just spray some on the towel and rub it into the finish and it comes out looking like I just waxed it. Well; they do call it a speed wax.

A couple or more times a year it's good to get in there and do it up right with the Menzerna's, if there's swirls, and the NXT wax which is super easy to use. The Metal Polish and Sealer can make upkeep on your wheels much easier and I like easier. Leaves me more time to ride or whatever.
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I like Slick Mist. The closest place to buy it near me is 35 miles away and he is a little pricey!
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