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Bodyshop Got a tweaked piece of plastic? Some roughed up paint? Here's the place to get some tips on repairing your Suzuki Katana.

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Old 01-25-2006, 09:18 PM   #1
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I'm looking for tips on how to wash, wax and detail to get the best shine. Place your tips, techniques and products used here:
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Old 01-26-2006, 01:48 AM   #2
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Motorcyclist magazine January issue had a whole how-to on this . If you can find someone with a subscription who'll let you borrow it ...
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Old 01-26-2006, 05:03 AM   #3
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Bucket of Water, Car Wash Soap, and a Sponge for washing.

Simple Green for the rims and other metal parts.

Turtle Wax to Wax that SOB.

Lot's of beer to assist in passing of the time.

Hot Chicks in Bikini's also help to pass the time, and you don't get as wet since they do most of the work.
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Old 01-26-2006, 08:17 AM   #4
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I like Lou's explanation. The biggest thing that I worry about when washing my bike is not getting water where it is not supposed to go.
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Old 01-26-2006, 01:14 PM   #5
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Default Ok then..........

Wash..........

http://www.bikepics.com/pictures/444348/


Wax........

http://www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload/...s/112578_4.jpg

Polished parts bling.........

http://www.autogeek.net/motbilmetpol.html
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Old 01-26-2006, 01:38 PM   #6
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Don't use a pressure washer or other direct, forceful stream of water on it. I use the hose with the nozzle set to "sprinkler."

I guess if you want to clean the engine and junk you could take your tank off and bag all the electronics then go to town.

Any water that gets in the sparkplug shaft should drain right out the front.
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Old 01-26-2006, 02:25 PM   #7
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if there are any minor scratches in the paint try a palimor wax.
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Old 01-26-2006, 07:58 PM   #8
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Since you're in Florida, I'll chime in:

A 1/4 to 1/2 cup of vinegar in your wash bucket (or rinse bucket) will keep hard water spots from forming before you can her dry. It'll also break down any water spots left from the Florida rain... Your choice of washing detergents (I tend to use dish detergent, which strips waxes and thus isn't a good choice if you use normal waxes -- use a car wash instead if you use standard waxes).

Then I use a polyacrylic wax-substitute (there are at least half-dozen on the market, from NuFinish 2000 to Klasse All-in-One, etc). Any polish removes a small amount of paint (oxidized surface paint) and most waxes contain polishes (about the only one I've found that doesn't, at least at my local auto parts stores, is ?Mothers? or ?Meguires? Pure Karnuba wax). The fact that I'm polishing is OK with me, since the poly-acrylic will seal the paint with a very thin layer of UV-protected plastic that will keep a shine and keep the paint from deteriorating. Once dry, it's good to go for another year or so, just regular rinsings or washings (dish detergent won't strip the acrylic layer) and maybe some clear wax or easy-wax solution over it if I want a deeper shine (turtle wax sheets for example).

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Old 01-26-2006, 11:16 PM   #9
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Mequires makes some great wash and cleaning products. Thats mainly what I use..and their quick detailer is nice for just getting the dust off if you dont have time to fully wash. I havent noticed that it left any scratches or damaged the finish on my kat at all so from my perspective its definately good stuff.

I use a very soft thick sponge to wash and very soft big beach towels to dry... after using a shammie to get the bulk of the water off.

and word to the wise, just because it looks cool, doesnt mean you put armor all on your seat and tires.
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Old 01-26-2006, 11:58 PM   #10
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Nice to see another Kat Rider/Steelers fan.
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