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Quick one. I've got a carbon frame (Trek) with the non-glossy finish (feels more 'plasticky' than shiny paintwork). When I'm cleaning it, road grime seems to be really stubborn on it. I've got baby wipes but they are having little effect. It's even to the extent that the muck on my hands from cleaning the drivetrain then gets on the frame and is difficult to bring off. Water and elbow grease gets most of it, but still leaves a faint smudge. What should I using/doing?

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Mr Jono [102 posts] 3 years ago
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I have a similar problem with my supersix - has a matte finish and comes back from dry rides with dust clinging to it. I'm going to give it a bloody good clean then a coat of this stuff to see if it helps:

http://road.cc/content/review/94511-protecht1-ultimate-corrosion-prevention

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bashthebox [752 posts] 3 years ago
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Spray Mr Sheen on after you've cleaned and dried it. I'm not joking, it really makes it easier to clean the next time.

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badkneestom [135 posts] 3 years ago
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I have heard like bashthebox said the best way to clean it is to be preemptive

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MarcMyWords [69 posts] 3 years ago
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Tinternet_tim [118 posts] 3 years ago
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Have you tried muc off bug and tar remover?
I bought it for the car but used it on a stubbon stain on the bike and it removed it in seconds.

I'd recommend doing a test area first under the bb just to be 100% sure it doesnt damage the surface finish. My experience of it has been very good. A little goes a long way.

http://muc-off.com/bodywork/90-bug-tar-remover-5037835928006.html

I also polish my bikes after cleaning and i find it means i don't use the bug spray as frequently

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Gkam84 [9100 posts] 3 years ago
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I use two different Muc Off's to protect my bike.

Silicon Shine

http://muc-off.com/protect-shine/57-silicon-shine-5037835227000.html?ref...

Bike Spray

http://muc-off.com/protect-shine/58-bike-spray-5037835908008.html?ref_cat=9

Best thing I have ever tried, although a can only lasts two coats on the trike, but one coat lasts me a few months and in that time, I've cleaned it around 6 times

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southseabythesea [149 posts] 3 years ago
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GT85 sprayed on after a good clean.