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Cleaning carbon forks

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Krypton, 15 Aug 2007.

  1. Krypton

    Krypton New Member

    Location:
    UK
    Are there any cleaning solutions I shouldn't use on my carbon forks?
     
  2. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    I dare say there are, but washing up liquid poses no problems and brings them up as good as new.
     
  3. kyuss

    kyuss Über Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Don't use Muc Off. After the first wash I was horrified to find my lovely black carbon bike had turned a dark grey. It turned back to black over the following day or two and I have since been assured that no damage was done, but I never trusted it again.

    I used to use washing up liquid myself but was recently advised against it as it contains salt and can dull paintwork and lacquer over time.

    I now use a mild car shampoo and it works a treat.
     
  4. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Water and elbow grease, that's all I've used on my bikes with carbon forks and they are looking like new. Mind you I do this after almost every ride!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. monnet

    monnet Über Member

    What Keith said- except I don't do it after every ride
     
  6. rustychisel

    rustychisel Well-Known Member

    Water and elbow grease, a damp cloth.

    due to the lacquer which is used a little WD40 on a rag does no harm, and will leave a nice oily sheen on there for a little rain protection.
    Furniture polish is also not too bad.
     
  7. Somebody on another forum suggested Babywipes and Kitchen Roll, I've been using them
     
  8. trustysteed

    trustysteed Guest

    but what about when you ride? ;)
     
  9. Mr Phoebus

    Mr Phoebus New Member

    I polish them with Auto-Glym (the forks too) helps protect the lacquer against road salt.
     
  10. Blue

    Blue Legendary Member

    Location:
    Cyprus
    I do the same, just using a specific bike-shine product that is probably a variation of a WD40 type product.
     
  11. I clean my bike with baby wipes - they're great at getting oil and stains off the bike (and chain and hands !).

    The DIY wipes from Aldi are also good tho a bit expensive at 2.99/100 - again great for cleaning a chain and gears etc. Never ever used soap and water. Just baby wipes and the Aldi wipes. Try them........pukka !
     
  12. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    baby wipes are the future
     
  13. Mortiroloboy

    Mortiroloboy New Member

    I think this Q has been asked before. Personally I use a good quality car shampoo and polish with Mr Sheen,always start at the top of the bike and work your way down, works for me ! Then the usual lube on the drivetrain, currently I'm using some stuff called Finish Line Pro Road, seems OK.
     
  14. redfox

    redfox New Member

    Location:
    Bourne End, UK
    I have used Muc-Off on my carbon forks many times without any noticeable side effect. Should I be concerned about a side effect of the unnoticed variety?
     
  15. Road Fiddler

    Road Fiddler New Member

    Silicon based furniture polish is great, it helps water to shed from the bike in the rain, if you have steel nuts on your bike it protects them from rust, it lubes the cables and helps to protect them. Just dont get it on your rims or break blocks.