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post #1 of 21 Old 03-07-2012, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hard to clean textured plastic

Just wanted to know if others have had problems cleaning this textured plastic. Had some type of grease on the plastic, impossible to wipe off, used paint thinner but Im worried I might damage the plastic using it too much. What do you recommend for cleaning plastics like this?
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post #2 of 21 Old 03-07-2012, 10:46 PM
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I would try a cleaner or degreaser first and would definitely not use paint thinner at all. Worst case it will desolve off by itself with normal washing eventually. Good luck.
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I always try the gentlest stuff first. Get a good quality sponge and brush and try Dawn. It won't ruin anything and cuts grease fairly well. If not, Simple Green; just don't use it on bare metal.

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Do you guys get CT18 in the US? It's awesome. I use it to clean my DRZ400E after dirt rides. It's so awesome you barely have to touch the bike with a sponge or brush.

You just spray this stuff on, leave it there for about 30min and hose it off.
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There is this amazing product in Australia that gets tar off paintwork really easily -- and used neat is what the local council uses for removing graffiti from paintwork, bricks and roads.
The manufacturer is Lanotec and the product is called Citra-Force.
It is an industrial strength, water soluble, biodegradable natural citrus cleaner and degreaser.
Start with a well diluted strength and if it needs to be increased just do that . Test an inconspicuous area of paint on your bike first of course.
see Lanotec | home

It's a specialist product and I had to go to a industrial supplier to get it.
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+1 on WD-40. I've used it to clean every material known to mankind. It's always done a great job cleaning and never damaged anything.

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I use S100 spray for all my motorcycle cleanings. It works wonders. Just spray it all over your bike and hose it off in a minute. You'll be surprised how clean your bike will look. I buy this spray in a HD dealership around the corner, they always have it. A $10 bottle will last for 2-3 months.
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Just wanted to know if others have had problems cleaning this textured plastic...
When I waxed my new truck for the first time ten years ago I made the mistake of getting some onto the textured plastic wheel-well trim. There was nothing I could do to get that off. Tried detergents, high-pressure spray, etc. It took several years to finally weather off on its own.
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When I waxed my new truck for the first time ten years ago I made the mistake of getting some onto the textured plastic wheel-well trim. There was nothing I could do to get that off. Tried detergents, high-pressure spray, etc. It took several years to finally weather off on its own.
Again WD 40 and a small brass detail brush. When I wax my truck I tape off all the plastic so I don't have to mess with the dried on wax.

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