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What do you guys recommend for bug removal from the tupperware? I have heard that kerosene works but am a little afraid to use it.
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Re: bug removal

I've always used Honda Pro spray polish and wax. That stuff is amazing.

I would definitely stay away from kerosene.

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Warm soapy water and cotton towel, let the soapy water soak the bugs for a few minutes. When clean keep a 'good' wax base, lets the bugs come off faster.
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Try soaking a towel and placing it over the bugs for a while...........they'll loosen up after a bit then you can use a little Dawn Dish Soap and wash mitt..........works for me..................
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Re: bug removal

I use a laundry dryer sheet ... it just seems it blows them off the bike.

Try to minimize the "scrubbing pressure" until the hard bug parts and dirt are flushed away..

Rinse well...
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Re: bug removal

WD-40 works wonders, but I have no idea whether it also removes the wax. Dave's hydrogen peroxide is a neat idea, but it can fade colors on cloth or leather if not treated and if you aren't careful to rinse thoroughly (and again, I don't know what that does to waxed surfaces). Using dish detergent on motorcycles or cars is a guaranteed way to remove bugs...and protective coatings of surface wax...so if you use any of the above methods, make sure to follow up with a re-application of your favorite polish and then re-wax (I am a big fan of the Turtle Wax ICE products lately, you can put the stuff on plastics, over stickers, on vinyl, on the dash, anything).

+1 on the advice above regarding dryer sheets--use very gentle pressure if you're gonna' use them to avoid scratching, and only use USED dryer sheets--the brand new ones straight out of the box are often stiff enough to scratch or cause swirl marks.

I usually just throw a large towel over the front end, soak it with a hose, let it sit while I do the wheels with a sponge different than the one I use for the rest of the bike, and by the time I get to the front of the bike, they are soft enough to wipe off.
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Re: bug removal

My shop sells this stuff called Bug Release. I believe it's made by the same folks that do the Wizard's Clean & Shine product. The Bug Release works like a charm - spray it on, wait 60 seconds, and they just wipe off.

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The wax is not removed and there is no fading or scratching on any surface I've used it on.

3% HP is weak stuff and only reacts with the bugs. It's 97% water!

In organisms, hydrogen peroxide is naturally produced as a byproduct of oxygen metabolism; virtually all possess enzymes known as peroxidases, which harmlessly and catalytically decompose low concentrations of hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen.

Heya, Dave

Not doubting you on this, and I chuckled on the math lesson.

Question, though...

If hydrogen peroxide solution is what is used for loosening and removal of ear wax by doctors (see http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH.../331/9875.html and others), then why wouldn't it also remove wax from the surface of a motorcycle/car?
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Go to the nearest Harley dealer. There is Harley branded Bug Remover spray. I use it and I like it. It works better and faster than Honda Polish Spray. As a matter of fact after I use the Harley Bug remover then I use Honda Polish Spray for last step.

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Ear wax is made up of squalene, lanosterol, and cholesterol.
Polishing/Clear-coating wax is Carnauba (what I use) or petroleum based, I think thats probably the core difference.
Then again, I could be way off base, but I'm getting great results without any issues.

See? That's my problem. Nothing but sh*t between my ears, (well, that's what the wife says)
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What do you guys recommend for bug removal from the tupperware.
Bugs-B-Gone...available at most auto supply stores.

It even removes cooked on bugs on the engine.
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Go to the nearest Harley dealer. There is Harley branded Bug Remover spray. I use it and I like it. It works better and faster than Honda Polish Spray. As a matter of fact after I use the Harley Bug remover then I use Honda Polish Spray for last step.
+1 on the Harley Bug Remover. Works quickly only $4.95 at the local dealer. Followed up with spray on Turtlewax. Not sure if the bug remover effects wax, I put on wax after anyway because a good wax coat helps future bugs release. As seldom as I clean the bike, every little bit helps.

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Re: bug removal

The best thing I have used to date is Meguiares NXT car wash soap and warm water. They come right off no problems. I've tried all the others and they all worked the same so when I tried this I was surprised how well it worked. It even gets off the soft tar that sprays on the car... sorry bike.

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Re: bug removal

Wet a rag and fold it into a pad. Dip the pad into baking soda and wipe the bugs. They will come right off. That's always worked great for me.

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Soap and water with a and a wet rag

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In organisms, hydrogen peroxide is naturally produced as a byproduct of oxygen metabolism; virtually all possess enzymes known as peroxidases, which harmlessly and catalytically decompose low concentrations of hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen.
What--is that chinese? I don't get it...

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+1 on what DaveDragon said. 3% Hydrogen Peroxide & a damp microfiber towel. The HP is like .99 a quart. Hard to beat the value. Cheers.


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Thats the key! The quicker you go after them the easier they come off. Soak a rag in water, let sit for a while and they come right off. Same on the windshield. Don't need any soaps or chemicals. Just water..... Now if you wait too long, then use the magic.

I also keep several extra coats of wax on the front of the bike during the love bug season and don't wipe off the last coat.

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