Mineral spirits is the best thing to use for degreasing. Apply a small amount to a rag, paper shop towel or small paint brush to apply it. I keep an old water bottle full of mineral spirits for easy dispensing of small amounts.Travis Morud said:My main concern is the clear coat on the frame.
I agree. It's pretty difficult to damage clear coat except by physical means. I also agree that Pledge has little to no water resistance, but that's all right with me. I never use soap & water to clean my bike. If it's really dirty, I'll use a wet rag, then finish it off with Pledge. I don't care if it washes right off. I use it every time I clean. One caveat, though, you might want to keep a pretty good supply of Pledge on hand. If your significant other finds it's gone, it ain't gonna be pretty. :nonod:oily666 said:Your clear coat is, or should be, alyphatic polyurethane which will withstand virtually anything you want to use on it including tar remover. It's generic term in my industry is chemical resistant (within specified parameters) polyurethane and is a base coat for anti-grafitti surfaces and the finish coat of choice for aircraft hangar floors. It technically doesn't require wax and will not be affected by sun fading. However wax will, as it does on any surface, will fill microscopic scratches and add shine. Any modern car wax that doesn't contain carnauba, which yellows, should keep you smiling. Sorry, but Pledge is, for the most part, water soluble and has no resistance to a soap.