As a starving artist (I'm a media guy) I've worked many odd jobs to pay the bills. The one odd job that I benefited from the most was working as a auto detailer for several Auto Dealers. I was trained for 1 month on hmmm... Applying & Buffing. hehehe... This worked was not glamorous, but I can achieve show shine without having to shell over tons of money for someone else to do it now (the benefit).
I have been asked by many people if I have custom paint job on my bikes. When I reply no, they don't believe me. They swear it's a "candy" paint job... When they ask how I got my stock paint to such immaculate condition, I just smile.... Well, I finally decided to share the secrets/training to all my fellow FZ owners to help them get the same results because you guys rock and have helped me out with FZ1 pre purchase questions.
Not only is your bike insanely fast, it will look so damn shiny that you will need sunglasses to look at it. You will also protect your expensive investment from the elements and make washing it a whole lot easier (nothing will stick to it)...
The whole process will take 3-4 days (can't rush it) and will give you something to do while you wait out the winter months. Comes spring time you will be ready to go....
Note: I have tested the products below on the FZ1 with no damage to paint, no small test area is needed. Oh, I have the blue one but it will work on all colors.
Secrets of achieving a show polished FZ1:
What you will need.
Polish/Wax In Order Of Application:
Lets start by addressing 11 rules, guidelines, and application tips.
Ok, lets get to work... First, make sure bike is washed well and clear of all dust and road debris that can scratch paint while Polishing/Waxing. Only use mild detergent (like ivory dish soap). Let it fully dry for a couple hours after drying with towel. If you can, try not to ride the bike until all the steps are complete, we don't want to introduce dirt. Please use the products in the order as I listed them... Why??? Because we want to apply polymers first, and wax last as the finishing coat. Polymers will not adhere well if you apply wax first.
Step# 1: We will be using the Plexus Polish first. Spray liberal amount onto rag and wipe down paint, frame, everything. Plexus can be used on whole bike (it will not leave white residue on plastics). Let it sit for 5 min and buff off... Now lets do it again, apply and wipe off. We will do this a total of "3" times, allowing 1 hour between applications. This will prep the paint and clean all plastics (windshield also). Remember, use one rag for paint, one for the plastics, and one for the rest of bike. Do not get on tires or chain.
Step# 2: We will be using the Nu Finish Car Polish for this step. Apply to all painted surfaces only (NO PLASTICS, frame, or windshield... It will leave white residue!) Use circular motion to apply and buff off when dry. You will repeat this step "4" times allowing one hour between applications. When your done, cover the bike and start step 3 the next day. We want the Nu Finish to cure for about 12 hours after your last application.
Step# 3: We will be using the Eagle One Wet Polish/Wax for this step. Apply to all painted surfaces only (NO PLASTICS, frame, or windshield... It will leave white residue!) Use circular motion to apply and buff off when dry. You will repeat this step "5" times allowing one hour between applications. When your done, cover bike and start step 4 the next day. We want the Eagle One to cure for about 12 hours after your last application.
Step# 4: We will be using the Meguiars Gold Class Clear Coat Liquid Wax for this step. Apply to all painted surfaces only (NO PLASTICS, frame, or windshield... it will leave white residue!) Use circular motion to apply and buff off when dry. You will repeat this step "5" times allowing one hour between applications.
Step# 5: Use wool buffing mitt to give it a final buffing... Spray Plexus Plastic Polish onto clean rag (not near the bike to avoid over spray) and wipe down frame and all plastics (not the paint this time) This will clean up any wax dust and give it the final touch... Presto, your now have the shiniest best looking bike in town...
This system will apply a total of 17 coats (which is a good baseline) Yes, It's a bit of work, but take your time. The reward is a bike that looks like it was painted with "candy" lacquer coating (really beautiful site to see). You only need to reapply the Meguiars every several months or as needed and Use the Plexus Plastic Polish whenever you clean windshield and other parts (not the tires or chain). I find Plexus is much better than using ArmorAll on plastics and it can be used on painted surfaces also....
Anyway, I hope everyone has a short winter and can get out and ride soon.