Motorcycles have proven to be man’s most reliable personal transport for a long time now. They have also become a part of the owner’s family as it carries a lot of emotion. But your sweet rides do need proper care, just like any of your other closed ones!
If you have washed a four-wheeler, you would know that all that’s got to be done to clean it is cleanse the body and glass. But when it comes to motorcycles, it is quite an intricate process. They have a lot of unhidden parts like cables, corners, switchgear, etc. which require correct cleaning.
Let’s explore some of the essentials of Motorcycle Detailing.
The ideal deep cleaning service for your motorcycle detailing starts with a thorough wash to ensure all areas of the bike are clean and free of bugs tar and rubber (first ensure the engine and exhaust are cool to the touch). This can be done in a few different ways. Mostly, a spray-on, the rinse-off wash will be used, which will generally be filled with diesel or automotive shampoos. Just before the final rinse, the wheels are cleaned with some wheel specific spray cleaner. After this step, the bike is given one final rinse and will be up for drying. An air compressor is used to blow away any water in those hard to reach places. The idea of deep cleaning is to ensure that every part of your motorcycle is washed, rinsed, cleaned up and dried thoroughly to continue with the next process of detailing
Chain cleaning is a pretty simple process that would take a maximum of 15-20 minutes, but will go a long way in extending the life and performance of the motorcycle as a whole! The first step is identifying the chain type. The type of chain will affect the way to go about to get the grime off! As such, plain chains can be cleaned more aggressively than sealed motorcycle chains.
The chains are properly checked for small stones and other particles and then washed away with specific chain cleaners. The spokes are also given particular importance, and in order to not make it rust, first, it is dry cleaned with a sponge or cloth, then it is appropriately washed using the liquid.
Finally, the chain is soaked in a cleaning agent to get rid of the gunk. This process is called re-spraying, and it is then finally dried out.
Wax not only serves the purpose of paint protection film but also helps bring out the paint’s true shining potential! There are two types of wax available: Spray wax and Hard wax. The main difference between these two waxes was the quickness of each type of wax to apply, settle and serve the purpose. Spray wax is much easier than Hard wax to apply to the bike’s exterior. It is also a quicker way to bring out the paint’s shine! Hard wax, on the other hand, is a much thicker wax, harder to apply and takes more time to settle into the Motorcycle paint. But it is far more durable and lasts longer than Spray wax, especially under harsh climatic conditions.
Generally, motorcycle care specialists would recommend one to use Hard wax on your bike once in 3 months and use Spray wax at regular intervals so that the paint is protected and the shine is maintained! However, it is not the 1800s anymore, and we might just have found a better replacement for wax for you.
The advancements in the detailing and paint protection industries have paved the way for much better alternatives in sealants! There are several reasons why we say so:
- have BONDING AGENTS that increase the life of the polymers
- leaves a better gloss on the paint than the wax
- forms a tough polymer coating which is more powerful than that created by wax
Cleaning a two-wheeler is not just about keeping your sweet ride looking great. If you don’t wash your motorcycle regularly and correctly, you will risk damaging its looks and its parts. It might also lead to any motorist’s worst nightmare – rust!