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Alright, I know I am being a post hog, but someone has to get this site jumping. Just got back from trail riding and the branches and bushes were just beating my plastic up. It was driving me crazy. I know it's a quad, but I would likt to keep it looking new a little while. What do you guys use on your plastic to protect it and what do you do to take care of any scratches.Since it is the best quad out there, it should look the best, right?
 

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I know u can use a propane torch to take out the scratches. And here are some tip from http://www.lrdperformance.com/racer_tips.htm
Bring that old plastic back to life.
Here is a way to avoid spending hundreds of dollars for new plastic. (note: This works the best with white plastic.) Take a bottle of Fantastik cleaning spray, a bottle of Dawn liquid soap and a bristled brush. (Toothbrushes or car scrubbers with large white bristles work best.) First pour some Dawn soap onto the plastic in a swirl design. Next, spray a good amount of Fantastik cleaner on top of the soap and plastic. After a few moments, begin brushing the plastic with lit pressure and work area for several minutes. Spray off with water and you will be left with a incredible shine crystal clean plastic. (Fantastik spray and Dawn cause a mixture that brings out fades and staines. Works amazing on deck furniture too.)
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Fullbore shine without the Fullbore plastic.
This is simple and easy to make that machine glisten in the sun. After washing your machine, take some Pledge (I prefer lemon scent) and lightly spray over the top of your plastic. It doesn't take much to make any plastic look like a million bucks.



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your right about keeping it look the best out there. but, since all these scrathes are bound to happen and there really is no way of protecting it, make your quad look best by roosting the other :twisted: this way, theirs looks worse :mrgreen:
 

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the quad looks fast standing still, you shouldnt be able to see any scratches :D

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I wax my atv after every time I wash it.It should work for you also to keep your Z looking just as shinney as the day you bought it.
 

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THANKS ZERO_Z, I will try that next time.

I too have been keeping mine waxed, BUT you eventually gather some scratches as you use it :)

I know I have been called Obsessive Several Times :)

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ya, i heard blow torch or heat gun, also don't use tire shine on your tires, they look shiny but the next time you go out, they collect all the dirt.
 

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What do you wax it with? Car wax? I thought I heard somewhere that you weren't supposed to do that...
 

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After you wash your quad, put a couple coats of Mop-n-glo on it. Just pour the mop-n-glo on a soft cloth and wipe it on. It will shine like new and cover most scratches too.
 

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armor-all looks really nice after a wash and so does WD-40

dave
 

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I don't use wax, PAM s good enough for me, the muds falls off and everything just becomes dust and comes off easily.


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A guy out here I've been meeting up with every so often with a was out again today. He is snatching his plactis right apart where it joins by the seat. He tends to lean back a lot in jumps and it has ripped the crap out of his plastic and snapped off all the connectors.
 

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Does the Mop n Glow, look like a cheap clear coatr job when it dries though???

Does it whiten or haze, etc???

It sounds like a good Idea as long as it does not end up looking crappy.

Anyone else use it?? Feedback??

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I use Pledge or something like it like Kleen Guard...where the scratches are, and they have dirt in them that wont come out...get a wet papertowl, and sprinkle a little Ajax onto it and try to buff it out...that stuff works great...
 

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Cleaning Atvs

These are a few of the things that I have found work the best:

Rinse off any loose particles, then walk away. Letting the water soak in lets the dirt let go without marring the plastics.

Wash the moderatly clean ATV plastics and frame with Meguires Car Wash -- Pink Bottle, excellent suds.

Eagle One All wheel cleaner -- Orange bottle, cleans everything from engine sidecases and swingarm, to the chain, and of course the wheels.
I like to use a long soft bristle wheel brush for this.

Dry off everything with an Absorber -- won't scratch plastic like a towel can, and is easy to store for those visits to the Car Wash.

Then go over everything with:

Honda Atv Polish and Cleaner. -- Shines and protects everything. Cleans seats without leaving them too slick. Doesn't attract dirt as bad as others.
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Meguires Quick Detailer, -- Loosens anything left over form washing or storage. Doesn't leave the wet look of the Honda Product.

I also like to use these products:

Silkoleene Chain Lube Race Formula -- Dries Clear and won't sling off, only apply to the inside of the chain.

Quick Silver Marine Grease -- Resistant to water and dirt.

Eagle one Wet Look tire Shine -- Looks Great on everything, attracts dirt like mad.

Tips:
If you must wax an ATV, try Meguire's Quick wax. Spray on, and wipe off.
I also plan on trying Eagle one's Wax as U Dry.

Keep everything you use to clean an ATV as clean as possible. Even the smallest particles of dust in a towel will scratch the plastics when rubbed thoroughly.

These all work very well, and will keep even a black Raptor looking nice. 8)
 

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LOBE_Z,

The mop-n-glo will haze after 2 or 3 rides. You have to strip it with Ammonia and then re-apply. Looks really good when it's done but kind of a pain to keep it lookin good.
 

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HPFman..

Yup, I found that out this week :)

It looked like crap after 1 ride, so it looks like a good cleaning, and a nice coating of Armor All is the best bet :)

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This may sound a little cheesy but it works good. Whenever I buy a new bike I buy clear vinyl sheets from a graphics company ( I got some from factory concepts through parts unlimited). It's adhesive backed just like graphics kits. I trim it to the sizes I need and put it on the plastic wherever my boots and knees make contact. I also buy the grey 3M textured adhesive that is meant for ladder steps and put it on the frame where my boots would rub and even on the clutch cover. I feel kind of silly, like an old lady who covers her couch with clear plastic, but it definitly keeps my fenders from getting scratched up.
For you guys who's plastic is already scratched up, I've had some luck using a buffer with a good buffing compound. Just keep the buffer moving because it can burn the plastic if you stay in the same place for too long.
 
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