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    2009 R1200RT Tupperwear (Fairing) Polish

    Good afternoon,

    Been looking for some reference to what the mass of HexHead/CamHeads use for polishing the fairings on the R1200RT. I have always used Dry Wash and Guard, but cannot find as they seem to have disappeared from the market place.
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    Some favorites include
    1) Plexus
    2) Honda polish
    3) Lemon Pledge
    etc
    etc
    Some even use car detailers of which there are many that differ only a little from each other.

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    +1 on Plexus
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    Have used the Honda polish for years... Great stuff!!
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    Have used Lemmon Pledge on cars
    , airplanes and motorcycles for years.

    Works great on airplane windshields
    and motorcycle windsheilds also.

    Plexas and Mcguires detailer works well
    also. Plexas was $14.95 one year ago
    and now $21.95. I refuse to use it any
    longer.

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    Start with a couple of good coats of wax for a base. After that a wet (water), soft cloth will take off any grime after a ride without scratching the paint. Dry with a soft terrycloth towel. To get the bugs and crap off a windshield without scratching it, just soak down a big towel and throw it on the windshield for 10 minutes and let it sit. For those really nasty bugs, grease, etc...Honda polish. When nothing else works on the chrome, wheels, etc, then drag out the Mother's metal polish.
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    Mother's Carnauba.

    This is nothing different from a car.
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    I have lots of special stuff but my short answer:
    1 - For a quickie cleanup I use Honda Spray Cleaner & Polish.
    2 - For detailed cleaning and waxing I use the Meguaire's wax and spray detailers.

    I use Novus or Plexus on the windshield. Sometimes I use the Honda cleaner on the windshield.

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    Last edited by tsperez; 11-07-2012 at 01:35 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsperez View Post
    I have lots of special stuff but my short answer:
    1 - For a quickie cleanup I use Honda Spray Cleaner & Polish.
    2 - For detailed cleaning and waxing I use the Meguaire's wax and spray detailers.

    I use Nova or Plexus on the windshield. Sometimes I use the Honda cleaner on the windshield.

    tsp
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    ^^^ +2. I also use a waterless cleaner/polisher with a microfiber towel b/4 I put my bike up for the winter. Just did that yesterday as a matter of fact...

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    Lemon Pledge for a quick, inexpensive cleanup.

    You can use normal car wax as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Braddog View Post
    Lemon Pledge for a quick, inexpensive cleanup.

    You can use normal car wax as well.
    Hay Brad,

    Funny you should mention Lemon Pledge furniture polish. I was riding my Triumph 1200 Trophy with a group from the Rat Raid in the East Kootenay's when one of the guys pulls out this can and cleaned his windshield. Call me a simpleton, but I was amazed how well it cleaned and when I told my wife to get me a can, she really thought I was totally daft.
    Don't leave home without my Lemon Pledge whenever I go for a ride!
    Thanks for the reminder.......
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    I'd read that the Honda cleaner / polish was good stuff, and tried some on one of my cars, but couldn't get the swirl marks out. I don't have a polisher. I wonder if I am doing something wrong, or is it just that red paint is harder to clean?
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    Red paint oxidizes worse than any other color and putting anything on a old red that hasn't been polished smooth first might be a cause. Or maybe it was too hot. What shape is the finish??

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    Quote Originally Posted by racer7 View Post
    ... maybe it was too hot. What shape is the finish??
    The finish is good. It's a low mileage, 16 year old Porsche that has always been garaged, so I don't think there's oxidation. The colour is actually Arena Red, which is more like a burgundy, and I've read that it's a difficult colour to work with. The temperature was cool when I worked on it.

    I've considered getting a power polisher, but I'm worried about burning the paint.

    What do you mean by "polished smooth first"?
    Last edited by rinty; 11-10-2012 at 04:15 PM.
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