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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-25-2014, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Denim Paint Scandal

After I went to look at the bike i would eventually purchase, i wasnt thrilled with the Denim Black paint...I have a custom painted Springer with Denim that I have baby'd and the paint still looks great.

Im a fan of custom paint and its not THAT bad so i ended up getting the bike regardless. I dont have a picture at the moment, but the paint looks like...kind of like an old oil spill on blacktop. You can see the "chameleon" type color change from what i assume was not windex/denim paint cleaner and an oily spray shine. From what the paint of my other bike told me, Flat/Matte colors are very pourus and thats why you cant clean them with just anything.

The guy swears up and down that it will clean up...i havent used high pressure or soapy water, just the HD Denim cleaner for the time being...is anyone familiar with what im describing? Is it fixable? I was told to try HOT soapy water which i havent yet, and also told to try Simply Green...i did a small area and that seemed like it was going to screw it up so i didnt push forward.

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I have the same issue but not sure how to deal with it. maybe someone will chime in and give some advice.

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HD Denim cleaner is junk

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I've used "SpraWay" glass cleaner on denim and it works pretty good, it's deionized water and alcohol and is safe as water of the finish.

The custom paint and graphics guys use it as a surface prep also


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there is a common misconception that there is no clear coat on the denim bikes. there is. it just has a matting agent mixed in it. so oil, fingerprints, etc. will clean up fine.

now that isn't to say that the finish on the op's bike is the stock paint. if that's the case, then you could very well be screwed. I would have had the original owner clean it up before I committed to buying it. at this point, try what you can and see how they work out. go from least aggressive to most aggressive.

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I've used "SpraWay" glass cleaner on denim and it works pretty good, it's deionized water and alcohol and is safe as water of the finish.

The custom paint and graphics guys use it as a surface prep also
Not to hijack the thread.... Hey RoadHawg, I actually had someone from the harley shop tell me this is what they use to detail their bikes on the showroom floor...... Is this glass cleaner safe for all paint? Especially big blue pearl?
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I've had my bike for about 7 month now and used the Denim cleaner from the dealership and didnt like it. Read on some of the threads that Ivory dish soap and Windex without amonia between washes works well. I use both now and the windex shines the chrome up really nice.
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you don't have to use the windex without ammonia. in fact, with ammonia works better. but, you don't want to get that on your windshield. on that, you want to use ammonia free.

when i first got my 2010, before hd made their own denim paint cleaner, the owner's manual recommended glass cleaner with ammonia. of course, now that they sell everything under the sun, they don't recommend anything other than their own products.

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Dawn liquid for the tough stuff. Ammonia free Windex to get that new bike shine. Done.


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Not to hijack the thread.... Hey RoadHawg, I actually had someone from the harley shop tell me this is what they use to detail their bikes on the showroom floor...... Is this glass cleaner safe for all paint? Especially big blue pearl?
That is what I use. Ammonia free. Good price at SAMs Club. Detail whole bike, though mine is not a denim bike.


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