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What kind of material is used for the black synthetic knee pads on the LT? And what's the most effective cleaner to remove paint? At least I believe it's paint. I had to take the LT to work today because I had an out of town errand to do during the work day. While the LT was parked on the street (in Manhattan), somebody decided to get rid of their paint supplies and one side of the bike was on the receiving end of the mystery residue/paint . A good amount was splotched on the bike. I've gotten all of it off the LT, with the exception of the knee pad area which still has some flecks of whatever stuff that was thrown on the street. Maybe with all the attempts of trying to get the stuff off, I've really got the light pink colored stuff worked into the synthetic material. Fortunately, I had the bike covered so the splotches were limited to the lower areas of the LT. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Scott
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2009 LT
 

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Bummer

Go to a Lowes or a Home Depot, Goo be Gone, mineral spirits or ask the folks in the paint department what they would use.

Good luck and let us know how it works out.
 

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I use Surface Protecting 303. They have a cleaner also. I think it is nothing more then vinyl. Hot soapy (Dawn) water would be my first try as you say you see flecks in the vinyl and this may flush them out. I then would let it dry in the sun and use 303 on it.

Not sure if the above post that mentioned solvents are safe on vinyl, but you may need to go there if they are.

Bummer for sure, hope you get it.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I first tried soapy water, then a vinyl cleaner, without much results-for the stubborn flecks. I'll try the local hardware store. Manhattan is tough on bikes; between the rough roads, taxi drivers that move like crabs-constantly at 45 degree angles and often heavy congestion, getting in and out of the city. Every time I park the LT on the street, I worry about it getting knocked over. So far that has not happened. My previous bike, a Moto Guzzi got knocked over repeatedly, but I had it often parked on the street. Since getting the LT, I've ponied up the $275/month for a sliver of a space in the parking garage in our condo building. Thanks again for the sending along the advice.
 
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