|FOR THE DO-IT-YOURSELF DUCATI OWNER
|$5-30 depending on supplies
|Hose, Wash Bucket, Wash Mitt, WD-40, Clear-Coat Safe Tar
and Bug Remover (optional), Armor-All (optional), Soft
Cotton Rags, Chrome Polish (optional), Aluminum Polish,
Cleaner Wax (optional), Regular Wax and Wax Applicator
|Detailing your bike is easy- but it takes a while. You can achieve professional
results with a little bit of time and attention to detail. Plus, it's practically free!
The first step is to get the bike in the shade. I do all this in my garage.
|The rinse is even harder because you have less
control over the water going everywhere. I use just
a little trickle and carefully wash away all the soap
residue. Don't spray the water into any crevices or
the exhaust either.
|Drying stage one consists of drying off the entire bike with a
clean cotton towel. The key when drying is to be gentle- you
don't want to try to buff off stubborn crud with a dry towel-
that is what the cleaner wax is for.
|Stage two is very important- use compressed air (or if
you don't have a compressor use one of those compressed
air cans for computers) to blow out all the water lurking
in the cracks and crevices. Pay special attention to the
brakes, engine, and gauge/throttle area.
|Then comes drying stage three. Soak up all the
water you just sprayed out with a clean cotton towel.
Make sure you get in the fuel tank filler area- water
loves to hide in there. Also get all the water from
the throttle area, etc.
|Now to the detailing: these are the tools of the trade. You'll
need brake parts cleaner, wax (Turtle Wax is good), cleaner wax
(Mother's is good), tire shine (optional, I prfer not to use it on
my bike, but if you want to be sure to only use it on the sidewall
that doesn't contact the ground- it's slippery and can cause a
crash), tar and bug remover (be sure it's safe for clear coats),
aluminum polish (Mother's works best), WD-40, spray polish
(such as Honda Pro Polish), polishing rags, paper towels, chrome
polish, and a wax applicator.
|I start by taking care of the windshield with a little
Honda polish. It's not as abrasive as the wax, but
you still need to be gentle or scratching will occur.
Sometimes I skip the windhsield if there's no bugs
on it. Just spray it on a clean cloth and wipe the
windshield clean. It usually doesn't require buffing.
|I usually need to hit the fork legs and headlight with tar and bug
remover to remove the pesky insects. Avoid contact with painted
surfaces, and if it gets on any you should wax it or rinse it off
(that's why I wait to wax it). It shouldn't harm the paint, but
there is a warning that it shouldn't be left on for long periods
without rinsing it off.
|Then I'll hit the headlight bezel with
the chrome polish. Put it on a rag and
massage it into the chrome. Wait for
it to dry and then buff it with a clean
|Every once in a while I'll take some Mother's polish to
the fork legs and other aluminum areas on the bike. It
won't make a huge difference if the bike is cleaned
regularly, but on a neglected bike it will make the metal
shine like new. Just work it into the metal, wait for it to
dry then buff off.
|I then take some WD-40 and clean off any
grease from the engine. WD-40 is a good
chemical for this because it won't stain the
surfaces and it's not harsh, yet it cleans well.
|I'll also take care of the wheels with
some WD-40. It takes the gunk right off.
|Once the wax is dry, take your clean
polishing rag and buff it off, again in a
front to back (windflow) motion.
|After the trouble spots are tackled, you should take
the normal wax and again apply it into the paint in a
front to back motion along the length of the surface.
Don't grind the wax in, but give it a little 'polishing'
action until it dries.
|Once dry, you can buff it off using your
clean polishing rag. Keep turning the
rag as it builds up with wax. Again, go
from front to back to negate any
swirling of the paint.
|Fianlly, you take the brake parts cleaner and clean off any
wax, WD-40, or polishing residue from the brake rotors.
That stuff gets everywhere, which is why this is the last
step. Place the paper towel behind the rotor and spray it on,
being careful not to touch ANYYTHING else with the
cleaner. Talk about corrosive.
|After that finsihed, you're done. The key to a great looking bike is a little patience. Be
gentle with the paint and careful with where you get the water and everything should fine.
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