keeping carbon frames clean and shiny...

JamesB
JamesB Posts: 1,184
edited August 2010 in Workshop
any special `raeder tips`? apart from usual clean with mucoff and water waht about silicone sprays?

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  • markmod
    markmod Posts: 501
    Watch mucoff on carbon frames, it can make the clearcote over black carbon take on a white milky appearance if used. Apparently newer mix of muckoff is carbon friendly and says it's safe to use on carbon frames on the bottle, but still not sure I would, there are other options, perhaps some board members will suggest better.

    Many use baby wipes to clean and report excellent results.
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Yup, agree about Mucoff - ruins paint and tyres - good for the alloys on the car though!

    Using a decent car polish e.g. Mer or Autoglym keep the paintwork better for longer. One bottle will last a long, long time
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  • dennisn
    dennisn Posts: 10,601
    Never ride it and it will look like new forever.
  • JamesB
    JamesB Posts: 1,184
    dennisn wrote:
    Never ride it and it will look like new forever.

    This may well be true but isn`t what I would choose to do, just like a car bikes are made for using.......

    any othet helpful hints?? :)
  • RDB66
    RDB66 Posts: 492
    Pledge wax polish...Works a treat.
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  • celbianchi
    celbianchi Posts: 854
    GT85 as a frame polish brings a nice glean (and smell) to the bike.
  • I personaly wouldnt recommend gt85 on a carbon frame. Some products can damage the resin if they get under the clear coat. Usualy certain types of oils not sure if gt85 is one of them. Wouldnt want to find out the hard way.

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  • JD_76
    JD_76 Posts: 236
    Its safe to say any agressive cleaning product like Mucoff will over time damage components due to the chemicals need to disolve grease and grime, if it gets into your bearings it will remove all the grease from them as well.

    The best option is to wipe the bike over with a damp cloth then use any kind of car polish to protect the frame.

    As for the oily bits use another cloth to wipe off the worst of the old grime and then re-apply new oil. (You need lots of cloths, and throw the old ones away)
    Every now and again give the oily bits a really good clean but I personally avoid all de-greasing products as they are a bit harsh.

    Sadly there is no magic product that will replace good old fashioned hard work. :D
  • Lazarus
    Lazarus Posts: 1,426
    Take one 5l Pressure Spray Bottle from B&Q
    Fill with water
    Add TurleWax Car Shampoo as necessary ( have hardly used any of the bottle so far )

    Keep in shed and after getting home after a ride, spray bike and wipe down with old clean tea towel or old t shirt.

    It's been working wonders all year ! ! !
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  • tonye_n
    tonye_n Posts: 832
    Have most of the frame (downtube, part of top tube, cable rub points, chainstays) protected with helicopter gun tape. These are the points which are more likely to be rubbed off or covered in grime.

    You then clean with muck-off.
  • moonshine
    moonshine Posts: 1,021
    tesco baby wipes
  • dru
    dru Posts: 1,341
    moonshine wrote:
    tesco baby wipes

    asda baby wipes :D

    In all seriousness - these clean up bikes a treat and are dirt cheap (40p a pack)
  • moonshine
    moonshine Posts: 1,021
    Dru wrote:
    moonshine wrote:
    tesco baby wipes

    asda baby wipes :D

    In all seriousness - these clean up bikes a treat and are dirt cheap (40p a pack)

    yip... cleans everything from a gunky chain, snotters off the top tube after a race, road grime, sports drink splashes, cleans white fizik microtex bar tape and even your hands after a bike repair session...

    cheap, disposable and yet to be bettered.
  • moonshine
    moonshine Posts: 1,021
    JD_76 wrote:
    Sadly there is no magic product that will replace good old fashioned hard work. :D

    Yes there is!!!

    Tesco baby wipes! :lol:
  • dUNC
    dUNC Posts: 73
    moonshine wrote:
    even your hands after a bike repair session...
    I discovered this by accident when a wipe was closest to hand and pretty much instantly removed all the greasy crap from my hands rather than the 3 or 4 washes with washing up liquid! So imagine what it does to your bike. And then imagine what it does to your baby?! :lol:
  • moonshine
    moonshine Posts: 1,021
    dUNC wrote:
    So imagine what it does to your bike. And then imagine what it does to your baby?! :lol:
    to be fair.... have you seen what it has to deal with when a dirty nappy comes off!
    :shock:
  • giant_man
    giant_man Posts: 6,878
    ALL you need for a carbon frame are baby wipes (unscented ones) and kitchen towel to dry. That's it.
  • mactrax
    mactrax Posts: 81
    Like previous poster I polish ocassionally with autoglym polish and then use autoglym wax. Bike then just needs a damp cloth and a light buff after a ride to look good again.
  • moonshine wrote:
    JD_76 wrote:
    Sadly there is no magic product that will replace good old fashioned hard work. :D

    Yes there is!!!

    Tesco baby wipes! :lol:

    Excellent work keep filling up those landfills. Do you chuck you gel packets onto the roadside too?
  • moonshine
    moonshine Posts: 1,021
    a340driver wrote:
    moonshine wrote:
    JD_76 wrote:
    Sadly there is no magic product that will replace good old fashioned hard work. :D

    Yes there is!!!

    Tesco baby wipes! :lol:

    Excellent work keep filling up those landfills. Do you chuck you gel packets onto the roadside too?
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  • father_jack
    father_jack Posts: 3,509
    That car wax @ £10,000 a pot :shock:
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  • Clean with Microfibre cloths then Autoglym Super resin polish and finish off with a good quality wax topped up ever couple of months. Dirt and Grime won't even get a chance to stick to it then.

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