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    Best way to clean matte finish

    My SuperSix Evo has a matte finish and I was wondering the best way to keep it clean.

    Traditional soap and water?
    Simple Green?
    Dr. Strangelove’s voodoo brew (making that one up)?

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    I have two matte finish bikes.

    I use blue dawn to clean my bikes, aka soap and water.

    I use degreaser only on the drivetrain.
    use a torque wrench

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    Mr Clean Magic Stain Eraser is what they use in the showroom at the LBS. It's the only thing they've found that gets grease off matte white. You can get them at any supermarket.

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    My Ti bike has a matte finish. Cleans to like new with WD40.

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    Armorall works great on brushed Ti finishes as well. On my matte black carbon bike, I use Pedro's foaming green cleanser, low pressure water and Pedro's Bike Lust polish. Looks great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tihsepa View Post
    My Ti bike has a matte finish. Cleans to like new with WD40.
    On my two brushed finish Ti frames (a Seven and a Kish) the best thing I have used is WD40. I have tried Lemon Pledge and ArmorAll and WD40 beats both of them.
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    Regular car wash seems to work great on my matte carbon Fuji. I have a wax as well that works great but does leave a slightly less matte finish.

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    soap and water

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camilo View Post
    soap and water
    +1 keep it simple a light brush for dingy bits is good as well. Best thing for any finish is to never let it get really dirty clean it often all 2 wheeled vehicles should be nearly perfectly clean in my opinion. Honda Motorcycle spray cleaner and polish is great for daily touch ups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winn View Post
    +1 keep it simple a light brush for dingy bits is good as well. Best thing for any finish is to never let it get really dirty clean it often all 2 wheeled vehicles should be nearly perfectly clean in my opinion. Honda Motorcycle spray cleaner and polish is great for daily touch ups.
    Not that its really getting dirty, but sweat happens on a good ride!



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    I've seen guys at car shows using window cleaner / Stoner in particular.

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    A guy in the group I ride with swears by Magic Eraser
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    Carbonpro are probably the best products that i have used. Also, they smell really good. Its weird, but my bike smells like freshly cleaned laundry afterwards..

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    Flitz matte finish works awesome too > https://www.flitz.com/flat-matte-finish-cleaner/

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelnh009 View Post
    Flitz matte finish works awesome too > https://www.flitz.com/flat-matte-finish-cleaner/
    Here ... hop in my time machine and go back 3 years and 10 months to let the guy know how to clean his bike. Get me some bitcoins while you're there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    Here ... hop in my time machine and go back 3 years and 10 months to let the guy know how to clean his bike. Get me some bitcoins while you're there.
    Maybe it's another new guy trying to get his 10 posts...digging up random old posts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    Maybe it's another new guy trying to get his 10 posts...digging up random old posts?
    I don't get the 10 post requirement

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winn View Post
    +1 keep it simple a light brush for dingy bits is good as well. Best thing for any finish is to never let it get really dirty clean it often all 2 wheeled vehicles should be nearly perfectly clean in my opinion. Honda Motorcycle spray cleaner and polish is great for daily touch ups.
    I'll add to this.... My Kawa sits filthy in the garage! Ready to roll.
    Now my BMW, it's pretty clean though.
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    the best way to clean a matt finish paint is with a bog standard soap and water method. Good hot water is best as this will soften dirt quicker.
    I recommend soaking and stubborn bits so as not to scratch paint.

    towel dry

    then just a basic microfibre soft cloth and window cleaner.

    Glass cleaner not a polish or cream .

    i buy my glass cleaner in bulk 5ltr containers and its about the only easy ,cheap and effective way to keep matt paint looking good

    do not buy any magic waxes or cleaners as a detailing pro will tell you glass cleaner is all you need.

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    My bike has a matte black paint job. I wash with automotive car soap/wax. I do quick details with a silicon based prep made by giant. I think pedros has the same product just with their branding.

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    We just went through this debate on another cycling forum not too long ago!

    As I wrote there:

    >>We've been dealing with this for a few years now, due to a weird screw-up at the paint shop: My wife's gloss-painted steel bike got damaged and needed the downtube replaced, and after that repair the paint shop mistakenly repainted it in a matte finish. My wife thought this was a pleasant surprise and an upgrade...until she tried cleaning it.

    After consulting with a number of folks -- the framebuilder, the paint shop, and any number of anonymous internet forums -- and doing a lot of empirical experiments, we concluded that A) the worst thing for cleaning a matte/satin finish bike frame is, ironically, exactly what we'd been using to clean it when it was a gloss finished frame, Simple Green; and B) the best thing for cleaning a matte/satin finish bike frame is isopropyl alcohol<<

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    My old Gary Fisher that I use for commuting to work is matt white. I gave up trying to clean it as it requires to much work. It gets washed every other year now... lol

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    I use Maxima SC1 on our bikes. SC1 is great for suspension parts like stanchions but it also works on composites and paints just as well. It will leave a barrier preventing dirt from sticking and it leaves a great sheen on UD finishes w/o being overly slick.

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    guess the best answer will come from a source who really knows and explains why

    note their last paragraph also says glass cleaner !

    https://www.autoglym.com/blog/2017/0...aint-finishes/

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