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Ok… everyone’s ride always look super clean and new in the pics. What’s your secret? What’s the best way to clean one up after a muddy day. Any way to keep or get those scratches off the plastic? Any other dos and don’ts? Mine only has one ride under her belt and I'd like to keep it looking as good as possible.
 

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i know what u mean, my 1st say driving it we did around 8 hrs, and it was filled with mud. i was use to using a friends artic car utility atv, so it never threw mud, but the rappy sure did :lol:

all i did for now was spray it all down, the used soap and water on the body, and then used brush and some of the soap fr the tires and dried it off, came out clean but the black shows all the scratches, so ill need o find something to get them out when i wanna do a photoshoot next summer :)

i see people like the simple green (i use it on my car tires and engines and works great) so ill prob stick to that.

and im wondering what should be used to shine it up?
 

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I use Simple Green (got it from Walmart) add some to the soap when washin it and for the motor and tight spots ill spray it on and use a brush to clean and hose it off...stuff is pretty good :thumbsup:
 

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Yes simple green works awesome, you dont really even need to scrub. I dilute mine about 1/3 with water then spray and let it sit for a few seconds and rinse. I try not to let it sit on the plastic though, never had any problems just being careful. Makes all the rubber look new.
 

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once clean i used wd-40 to spray the motor and frame so water doesen't sit and corrode and black magic for seat and plastic ( it'll give ur bike a cherry scent also) and gives it that wet look like it was just painted like new again
 

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:eek:Do not riding it.
 

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If you have a Black SE always handle it with rubber gloves and keep it in a climate controlled enviroment, and do not by any means sit on it or ride it. Seriously though even if you look at that black plastic the wrong way it will scratch, once these are completley screwed I think I am going to swap to white plastic.
 

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I just use soap and water... might give the simple green a try. For the shine, go to your auto parts store and get some of that dry/wax at the same time spray. Eagle one makes mine, works wonders. :thumbsup:
 

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I use a power washer with a soap res. which i fill with half simple green half car wash.. So i spray it down (with a low jet setting. I shot the 700 sticker right off the first time) :'( . That usually gets all the dirt off. If I dont plan on riding for over a week.. Which sucks. I use armor all for the seat, and I have this stuff I got from work called aero space protectant. I first use plastic cleaner to get all the crap out of the scratches and then I spray this aero space stuff on it.. It protects the plastic from any fading and believe it or not it brings the shine back to new. Minor the scratches. There is a kit you can buy that takes the scratches out of plastics. Its just different types of sand paper going from rough to very smooth. I also heard if you spray lemon pledge on the plastics and let it bake in the sun until it turns to a whiteish color and dry it off it comes out real good..
 

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The only thing bad about the white plastic is dirt gets in the scracthes and you really have to scrub and yes simple green works great and I spray mine down with tireshine. My boots are turning my white rappy to black and scuffing it really bad...
 

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The only thing bad about the white plastic is dirt gets in the scracthes and you really have to scrub and yes simple green works great and I spray mine down with tireshine. My boots are turning my white rappy to black and scuffing it really bad...
I have white plastic on my XR, and I've used SoftScrub with success. I think it even has some bleach in it, which helps too. Just try it in an inconspicuous spot first, and see if you like the results. I discovered this one day when my GF decided to wash my bike, and she used it. Shoulda married her, lol... :lol:
 

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When you know you are heading out to the mud, rub the plastic down real good with baby oil. it helps keep mud from sticking.
STP son of a gun works good for shine on plastics.

Dark plastics that are scratched and stressed: start in a less viewable area and learn to be gentle with a low BTU propane torch. As you gently, I SAID GENTLY, heat the plastic, a lot of those marks will disappear. You really have to be careful though because it doesnt take much to over heat the plastic and then it drips away like water ;)
 

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Some great ideas. I'll give them a shot. I'm not sure about catching my Rappy on fire. :wtf:
I tried using Tire shine on the plastic and it seemed not to help.
 

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I wonder if a heat gun would do the same effect. also aero space protectant works great for protecting plastic. It can be used on almost everything and prevents any fading from sun. I use softscrub on my girls white 350 and it works real well that and a sponge with a scrubber on the other side. I never heard about using baby oil.. ill try that next time i ride.
 

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After a muddy ride i will spray it with s100. then with a powerhose to clean. Looks new. Dry it with soft cotton. To keep it shiny i will spray it with silicon.
 

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leave it in the wrapper :thumbsup:
 

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Shoot with Pledge or Armor all on the plastics, makes clean up a breeze and keeps it looking shiney!

Always wash it after a ride, and try to avoid mud. It gets caked on, and contains a lot of particles that tend to scratch you plastics up.

~Brian
 

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OK, the secret is PLEDGE...not knock off brands or anything else.....use lemon scent pledge....it works AWESOME!
I wash my quad with a power washer, being careful not to spray down the chain and bushings in the a-arms.....also dont want to get the head to close to anything, it will tair crap off (graphics/stickers)...but it does do an excellent job of cleaning stuff.
Then dry it off, spray it down with pledge, take a 100% cotton t-shirt or sock and wipe it down....let it dry after wiping it and it will be more glossy than stock.

I ride the piss out of my 700, but I dont abuse it....and I always wash it after riding. I guarantee my 06 looks better than 75% of peoples 07's.

oh, and I will also wipe metal parts down with wd-40...and oil the chain.

Heres a pic of my 2006!
 

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