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post #1 of 10 Old Sep 1st, 2006, 2:03 pm Thread Starter
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Serious Clean of the LT - use of ScratchX

After 5 years and 100,000 miles, I'm going to give the old girl a proper clean next week as I have a few days off. I have of course given it the occasional wash and even paid pro's to do a proper job. The Canyon Red still comes up looking OK at these times, but not pristine.

I have noticed one result of my non-fastidious cleaning.....there are marks from bug hits dotted all over the front of bike that don't clean properly off. Now, I have used all types of cleaners in hot/cpld solutions + spray on e.g. Plexus and Windex to no avail. These marks remain, albeit fairly faint.

I tried on a section Meguiars "ScratchX" today. On the small section it worked really well and removed the bug marks without dulling the lustre at all. Looks OK at this point for all the paintwork (not the screen of course). Because of poor light conditions (its fairly dark here in Philly today with rain started), I can't be 100% on the use of this product, so I am asking if anyone has had experience with it and if so, were you happy?

BTW, if its OK, afterwards, I'm going to use Meguiar's NXT Tech Wax to put a final coat on. The old girl won't know what hit her!

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I would use the paint clay thing first before Scratch-X. It gets the bugs off and is not as abrasive. Scratch-X is pretty good however.
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Thumbs up 6 drops of Basic H

6 drops of Basic H in a 1 1/2 pint hand sprayer/squirter works great on bugs. Squirt it on and wait 60 seconds and the bugs come right off.

Basic H ( a Shaklee product:: a $10 bottle will out last 2500 bottles of Windex)

It makes water Super Wet and has no harsh chemicals.............IE earth friendly. They use it on ship decks and just flush it into the ocean with NO ill effects on fish, etc.

I even use a 3 drop solution on my shield. Been doing it for almost 6 months and haven't noticed any peeling.

Just my .02 worth.

Heck, I even use it to soften my beard when I shave. It' cheap and it works. I also use 6 drops added to my windshield washer fuid on my Van. Makes the water a sheet instead of big drops. It has lots of safe uses.

I won't sell it to you, but you can search the net for a close Shaklee distributor that will give you a sample to try.

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I would second the Clay bar, works great. I still don't understand how the clay bar works so well but it does. The new Meguiar's NXT Tech Wax also works great. I am sold on all of the Meguiar products.
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...the paint Clay bar?? I haven't heard of that. Where do you get it from?

Thanks for the input guys.

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Clay bar

a little info
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BTW, if its OK, afterwards, I'm going to use Meguiar's NXT Tech Wax to put a final coat on. The old girl won't know what hit her!
Ralph;
I use Meguiar's NXT Tech Wax on my bike and have been very satisified with the results.

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Another user of Meguiar's NXT Tech Wax. Used it on my 2000 canyon red this spring and it looks like it just came out the showroom.
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I did the wash this morning and tried a test area with both the Clay and the ScratchX, Clay first. Clay didn't make any impact on the marks I have. It appears to be a good product for cars/bikes that are cleaned regularly and need a good clean before a rewax (once or twice a year). In the right light, before and after Clay, the bug marks are still there. I then used ScratchX again in the same area and they were gone.

One thing though, after both Clay and ScratchX, a whole lot of tiny dots appeared on the bike. I assume this is the white Clay/ScratchX filling in tiny pits on the surface of the gloss and not coming off with the cloth. Any suggestions on how to vamoose the dots?

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....I believe the dots are caused by sand etc putting tiny dings/chips into the paint.

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