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Cleaning advice

#1 Post by cm1200 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:00 pm

Hi everyone, I am a new rider and need some advice.

I have a little 125cc lexmoto bike and I want to give it a proper clean before the weather gets bad. I have some muc off products that I want to use, but some of the say they should not be used of brakes. Is it safe to use masking tape to cover the brakes and if not what do you recommend to help protect the brakes while I clean it?

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Re: Cleaning advice

#2 Post by Fleck » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:51 pm

Jeez how dirty is it? I just use car shampoo and warm water.
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Re: Cleaning advice

#3 Post by Tango » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:59 pm

Welcome to TMBF mate. .......... 8-)

I don't know which cleaning products you've got......but I use car shampoo on the bike, then rinse it off with water.......then wax the bodywork with silicone polish (Autoglym )......then apply ACF50 to the metalwork by spraying it onto a rag and wiping it on. It's only the ACF50 that needs to be kept away from the disks and pads....which is why I use a rag ro wipe it on. I'd really recommend ACF50, as it forms a protective barrier to the metalwork......which will protect it from the wet and salt off the roads..... 8-)
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Re: Cleaning advice

#4 Post by MrPickwick » Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:03 am

cm1200 wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:00 pm
Hi everyone, I am a new rider and need some advice.

I have a little 125cc lexmoto bike and I want to give it a proper clean before the weather gets bad. I have some muc off products that I want to use, but some of the say they should not be used of brakes. Is it safe to use masking tape to cover the brakes and if not what do you recommend to help protect the brakes while I clean it?

Thanks

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Re: Cleaning advice

#5 Post by geofferz » Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:18 am

cm1200 wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:00 pm
Hi everyone, I am a new rider and need some advice.

I have a little 125cc lexmoto bike and I want to give it a proper clean before the weather gets bad. I have some muc off products that I want to use, but some of the say they should not be used of brakes. Is it safe to use masking tape to cover the brakes and if not what do you recommend to help protect the brakes while I clean it?

Thanks

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Welcome. I also use car shampoo and a hose. You can buy specific brake cleaner for that but I wouldn't bother taping them whilst cleaning the rest of the bike with muck off or whatever - no need.
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Re: Cleaning advice

#6 Post by mikestrivens » Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:16 am

Hello and welcome. Just wash normally. You only need to protect brakes and other rubber bits if you use ACF-50 or other corrosion protection.
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Re: Cleaning advice

#7 Post by rennie » Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:04 pm

Hello and Welcome :D
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Re: Cleaning advice

#8 Post by Throttled » Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:06 pm

cm1200 wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:00 pm
Hi everyone, I am a new rider and need some advice.

I have a little 125cc lexmoto bike and I want to give it a proper clean before the weather gets bad. I have some muc off products that I want to use, but some of the say they should not be used of brakes. Is it safe to use masking tape to cover the brakes and if not what do you recommend to help protect the brakes while I clean it?

Thanks

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Just don't spray anything directly onto the brakes and be careful of any overspray. You don't need to worry about small amounts and some Muc Off cleaner spray is enough to take away any residue.
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Re: Cleaning advice

#9 Post by cm1200 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:01 pm

lol sorry, I should have been a bit clearer.

I wet the bike, then use the muc off cleaner, then use the muc off protector spray. it says to use all over the bike, but to avoid the brakes. is it safe to use masking tape on the brakes while putting on the protector spray or will the tape make the brakes sticky and unsafe?

I have only had the bike for a little while, so this s my first time giving it a proper cleaning, so I don't want to do anything that I may regret.

Thanks for all your advice and help.

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Re: Cleaning advice

#10 Post by mikestrivens » Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:22 pm

I’d just put a rag over the brakes whilst applying the protection spray.
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Re: Cleaning advice

#11 Post by goat » Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:49 pm

Or spray the protector on to a good quality microfibre and wipe over the bike rather than spraying it over. (I'm assuming it's similar to a quick detailer type spray).
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