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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody ever had a problem with what appears to be water spots on the two round gearbox side covers? First I thought is was just soap film from a recent wash job, but it doesn't wash off or rub off with spray polish. I'm wondering if it may be some mineral deposits or lime from the water I was using. The ACE Hardware person said to try vinegar. I also bought some Nevr-Dull. When the bike cools off I'll try both ad see what happens. Any other suggestions out there? One of the panels are fairly new and I'd hate to have to replace them.....

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Dude, it's hard water deposits. Unless your outside faucet is hooked up to a filtration system, you will get water spots. Mr. Clean (I think) used to make a filter carwasher which eliminated the waterspots. Awesome product. However, it was discontinued a year or so after production.

If washing at a car wash, make sure to do the no-spot rinse. That will prevent water spots. But yeah, do what the hardware guy suggested.

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Anybody ever had a problem with what appears to be water spots on the two round gearbox side covers? First I thought is was just soap film from a recent wash job, but it doesn't wash off or rub off with spray polish. I'm wondering if it may be some mineral deposits or lime from the water I was using. The ACE Hardware person said to try vinegar. I also bought some Nevr-Dull. When the bike cools off I'll try both ad see what happens. Any other suggestions out there? One of the panels are fairly new and I'd hate to have to replace them.....

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A Dampened Rag with Vinager added, wipe down, after the wash will remove hard water spots before they appear.

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If it is hard water spots, I saw a write up on a Dodge truck forum I'm on where a guy made his own filter for his garden hose from parts at home depot. You still have to thoroughly rinse and dry, don't let it air dry, but he claimed it eliminated almost all of the spots.
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If it is hard water spots, I saw a write up on a Dodge truck forum I'm on where a guy made his own filter for his garden hose from parts at home depot. You still have to thoroughly rinse and dry, don't let it air dry, but he claimed it eliminated almost all of the spots.
Don't forget the ole leaf blower, it is a very big help with the drying... Although I'm not a Harley clean & polished orientated feller, I usually wash mine a couple of times a year, may even put on a bit of wax once, so I'm no expert, but it works for me...lol...
NeverDull worked for for me also on the round VN plates after the plastic film was removed...
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Or just don't use water at all. Fukken Wax
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I wash mine using a lint free cloth from Advanced Auto and dry it using the lint free cloths. They won't scratch the paint and it looks really good when done. Great for waxing also.
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I tried straight vinegar and that didn't work. Then tried Nevr Dull. Buffed it pretty hard and it actually started to remove some of the finish. Looks like I kind of wrecked it. Now need to decide if I should replace them or just live with it. Maybe it wasn't water spots in the first place.............crap.

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I tried straight vinegar and that didn't work. Then tried Nevr Dull. Buffed it pretty hard and it actually started to remove some of the finish. Looks like I kind of wrecked it. Now need to decide if I should replace them or just live with it. Maybe it wasn't water spots in the first place.............crap.

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I'm thinkin that maybe you still have the plastic covers on the plates... I really think the plates are aluminum, and the plastic being the only thing that would make you think of a finish...???
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Yea, that sounds right to me! That plastic film crap looks good for a while, then starts looking like crap and coming off. My left side came off ok but the right was a MFKR! There is a design under it and the first time you hit it with polish it is gone, just an alum plate left. But the good thing is with a little metal polish and elbow grease those plates can shine like chrome!!

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