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Offline gmike

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Re: I waxed my Mat Grey tank and...
Reply #10 on: November 09, 2020, 01:27:41 AM
Iíve been doing that to my 2016 matte black since it was new using Meguiarís spray wax.  I like the look better. As I remember it the process they said to use for matte was a 3 step.  Using a special soap, uv protector then a sealer.  The spray wax is much easier.   
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Re: I waxed my Mat Grey tank and...
Reply #11 on: November 09, 2020, 06:54:41 AM
Got to say I'm relieved to read others do this to no ill effect.

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Re: I waxed my Mat Grey tank and...
Reply #12 on: November 09, 2020, 08:36:41 AM
Bike looks great, justinw!  :046: 'scuse  my ignorance, but why shouldn't you wax mat paint? Polish I can understand may be a problem but can't think why wax would be!  :027:

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Reply #13 on: November 09, 2020, 09:43:33 AM
Thanks.
If you upset the matt effect and got some reflection then you could  get patches of dull finish and shiny finish which would look terrible and would be irreversible (imagine a whole car looking patchy).
At least that's what I keep reading. It does make sense.
So I'm avoiding finishes with 'polish' in it.
The owners manual does warn not to wax the matt finish.
Here's something from the web https://www.drbeasleys.com/blog/2012/05/19/why-you-cant-wax-matte-paint-finishes

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Reply #14 on: November 09, 2020, 11:17:22 AM
*Originally Posted by justinw [+]
Thanks.
If you upset the matt effect and got some reflection then you could  get patches of dull finish and shiny finish which would look terrible and would be irreversible (imagine a whole car looking patchy).
At least that's what I keep reading. It does make sense.
So I'm avoiding finishes with 'polish' in it.
The owners manual does warn not to wax the matt finish.
Here's something from the web https://www.drbeasleys.com/blog/2012/05/19/why-you-cant-wax-matte-paint-finishes

Thanks for the link, it was an interesting read...but (from my very limited understanding of these things) I think he's wrong! Waxing shouldn't do any 'filling' it just adds a layer of protection, he seems to be confusing it with "All In One" type products that clean, polish, fill and seal paint in one process (something like Poorboys Black Hole)...and I can see why they wouldn't be suitable for matt paint. I think you're right to avoid polishes but, looking at your bike, I think you've proved that you can wax matt paint and get a good finish! I don't have a car or bike with matt finish so I don't have to put it to the test so I can just run my mouth about it!  :002:

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Reply #15 on: November 09, 2020, 11:58:21 AM
Out of interest I did a little experiment. When the seat is off there is a decent patch of tank which is not normally visible.
I gave this a gentle rub with some Farecla G3 rubbing compound which polished out the irregularities and it came up glossy.
I prefer the 'matt but waxed' look anyway so I left it as that.
What I don't know is what would happen if I attempted to do the whole tank with G3 - it would be glossy but whether it would be patchy I don't know.

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Reply #16 on: November 09, 2020, 04:05:18 PM
*Originally Posted by justinw [+]
Out of interest I did a little experiment. When the seat is off there is a decent patch of tank which is not normally visible.
I gave this a gentle rub with some Farecla G3 rubbing compound which polished out the irregularities and it came up glossy.
I prefer the 'matt but waxed' look anyway so I left it as that.
What I don't know is what would happen if I attempted to do the whole tank with G3 - it would be glossy but whether it would be patchy I don't know.
If it's to your liking leave it alone-you might take one step to far and no going back
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Reply #17 on: November 09, 2020, 04:31:08 PM
*Originally Posted by motorboy [+]
If it's to your liking leave it alone-you might take one step to far and no going back
100% agree. That's it, I'm stopping now  :152:

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Reply #18 on: November 10, 2020, 11:51:01 AM
Looks great to me.
I've been wondering If I should do that to mine, now I'm definitely in that.  :763:

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Reply #19 on: November 10, 2020, 12:39:53 PM
All this talk about wax + lockdown = a morning in the garage ......... I've done my winter clean and polish, and the bike looks like new!!   

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