faceonahead
hi all, just got my dark horse and have always had lots of chrome and hi-shine paint , am concerned the matt black may need a different apprach to cleaning, any recommendations on product and approach, e.g. wet Vs dry etc
2020 Challenger Dark Horse, stage 1 pipes and air and a stack of minor mostly cosmetic mods
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DarkScout
And a BIG helloooo to you to...

I use a citrus based cleaner as recommended by Indian for Matt Black finishes, and use a thin sponge type cloth and apply after I have washed and dryed the bike by compressed air.

The product is from Bunnings in the cleaning section... works very well and give the Matt Black a really nice finish. Never use a wax type cleaners on Matt Black.

This is my 2c worth...


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Robbo
I will give that a go DS. I saw you mentioned it in a previous post.
For the cleaning side I use the 2 bucket method widely recommended for matt paint jobs. One bucket for wash and a seperate rinse bucket with good quality microfibre cloths in each. I like the compressed air drying method and I will go with that now.
It would be really effective if you add dishwasher rinse aid to a final rinse bucket. It us exactly the same thing as the DIY car wash has in the spot free rinse.
2017 Dark Horse  - Stage 2, Rush Pipes

Location - Perth, Western Australia
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faceonahead
thanks both, will give that a go, appreciate the tip
2020 Challenger Dark Horse, stage 1 pipes and air and a stack of minor mostly cosmetic mods
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DarkScout
Using the Compressed air to blow the water off at the same time as you dry it with a shamy works really well as you can blow the water out of hard to get placed and you don't get water stains left on the bike, gives you that show room finish and then I hit it with the Citrus based cleaner and "BAM" damn thing looks like it came right of the show room floor. 
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Robbo
Good to know DS thanks. I never saw the advice from Indian about the cleaner where did you see it?
2017 Dark Horse  - Stage 2, Rush Pipes

Location - Perth, Western Australia
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DarkScout
In the owners Manual
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gazman
What's a owners manual us males don't read instructions or any sort of manual.[biggrin] 
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DarkScout
Ha Ha,,, it has pictures,,,,, to much better.. 
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Robbo
Actuallly I read it from cover to cover, I must have skimmed that bit. Cheers!
2017 Dark Horse  - Stage 2, Rush Pipes

Location - Perth, Western Australia
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DarkScout
Oh let me find the owners manual page that states this,,,,,

p100 to 102, now read it as I will be testing you on it........
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Cochise
I use either rain water from my tank or bottled distilled water..

2016 Dark Horse 

Stage 2 cams

Stage 1 Air Cleaner

Stage 1 Exhaust

Aeromach Floorboard Lowering Kit

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Ian Petrie
Give this stuff a go expensive but so are the bikes we ride it comes with everything you need to keep a matte paint like newhttps://www.carcareproducts.com.au/product/nanolex/matte_spray_sealant_kit
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Guthrie
I find the victory suede spray from the shop ,two bottles for 15 bucks works a treat.
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Mattyh22
Hi Guys thought id add my two cents. I use Coles furniture spray in a can. about 2 bucks a can and my local dealership let me in that thats what they have been using for years. they steered my away from accessory shop spray brand.
Been using for months and its works a treat
2016 Dark horse owner Townsville
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Cloud
DarkScout wrote:
And a BIG helloooo to you to...

I use a citrus based cleaner as recommended by Indian for Matt Black finishes, and use a thin sponge type cloth and apply after I have washed and dryed the bike by compressed air.

The product is from Bunnings in the cleaning section... works very well and give the Matt Black a really nice finish. Never use a wax type cleaners on Matt Black.

This is my 2c worth...


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DarkScout wrote:
Using the Compressed air to blow the water off at the same time as you dry it with a shamy works really well as you can blow the water out of hard to get placed and you don't get water stains left on the bike, gives you that show room finish and then I hit it with the Citrus based cleaner and "BAM" damn thing looks like it came right of the show room floor. 
do you apply that stuff to engine area as well ?
Ride Safe, Ride Often
2016 Chief Dark Horse
with a few modest mods
NOR Perth WA


IMRG AU - 101381
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Zeus
Hey all,

I'm not sure if this has been mentioned already but HD actually make a really good product for this,

http://www.harleyheaven.com.au/harley-davidson-denim-pain-cleaner-with-trigger-spray-16oz.html

My bike is "Black Denim" which is HD's way of saying Satin black, almost identical to the Darkhorse. 


I was always warned to wipe straight up and down, no circular motions and to make sure it is a clean as possible before doing so,

A high pressure rinse at the service station, short squirt home to blow dry off the excess water and then wipe over with the denim cleaner using only a high quality micro fibre cloth,

Bike is a year old and still scrubs up showroom clean,

P.S. Do not, I repeat DO NOT let bird shite sit on the paint any longer than absolutely necessary,

Thanks

Zeus 
Zeus

NEVER SLEEPIN', ALWAYS CREEPIN' Ã°Å¸ËœË†
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V-Twin
Great tip and product recommendation.  Thanks for letting us know mate.
Let's be kind to one another.
Melbourne, Victoria
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Benny and the chief
For your engine, spray some WD40 into a cloth and wipe all the engine over, brings it up with a low sheen
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