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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-20-2018, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Polish for black denim

This may have been talked about before but does anyone know a good polish/cleaner for black denim paint? Thanks all
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Harley-Davidson Denim Paint Cleaner 93600064 or Windex.
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there really isn't a 'polish' for black denim. thats the whole point of the denim look. there are products that can be used on it, as shown above. but those are cleaners, sealers, etc.

contrary to what some people will tell you, the denim finishes do in fact have a clear coat on them. all you really have to do is to keep them clean, and they will retain your look. when i had my 2010, i used windex (with ammonia) as recommended in the 2010 owners manual. it wasn't too long after that, that hd came out with their denim cleaner and suddenly, the recommendation for windex disappeared from the manual (imagine that). i tried their denim cleaner, and it didn't work any better than windex, so when that bottle was empty, back t windex. one caveat, don't use the windex with ammonia on the windshield, it will damage the coating on it.

had that bike for 4 years and it still looked good when i traded it in.
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My wife’s has the flat black paint on her bike and we use F-11 with no apparent issues

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Make sure it's good on your bike

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I have always used the aerosol foaming ammonia free glass cleaner on denim. Seemed to work well without hurting the overall finish.

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seriously, glass cleaner with ammonia is better at getting off dirt and fingerprints without streaking like ammonia free does....

just don't use it on the windshield.

also, i would not recommend the harley gloss, it will add shine.
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The H-D denim paint cleaner sucks..... It doesn’t provide any UV protection. As mentioned before Chemical Bros. offers a denim wash, detailer, and wax

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Appreciate all the feedback. Very helpful
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For a deep clean between washes, I used Cycle Cares Ruff Cut denim cleaner on my 2015. For simple in between wipe downs, I used a premix bottle containing a squirt of Dawn dish soap mixed with tap water. Worked perfectly on my black denim bike for a bit over 3 years before I traded, and the finish looked as good as the day I rode her off the dealer floor in 2015.


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