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Old 08-01-2014, 07:04 PM   #1
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Helmet wax for matte paint?

For those with matte black helmets- What do you use to protect the finish? I just bought my first matte helmet (actually black and yellow, but both paint colors are matte.)

All my previous helmets have been lacquer smooth or a clear coat sleek finish. Those are easy. You just apply your favorite car wax, carnauba, or synthetic, or whatever, and the grime, mud, bugs, road tar, etc, can be cleaned off without too much trouble. Often with water alone.

What should I use as a protectant for a matte finish? I'm looking for something that I can apply once or a few times a year that will make it easy to clean. Right now I have a bug smear on top that I’ve had to remove with multiple applications of water and alcohol to remove the stain. That’s not going to work when I’m touring. I won’t have the time or materials. Is there an easier way?

The manufacturer’s Web site recommends “Helmet Wax.” WTF is helmet wax? Is that like pocket watch wax or tape measure wax? There is no such freakin' thing.

Any pointers would be welcome. Not really a big deal, but I’d welcome any suggestions to make life easier.
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:14 AM   #2
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Sounds like you may have found a niche market for a specialty product! I'd suggest a spry on liquid, such as snake oil in a water carrier. Include a microfiber cloth and have a bunch of testimonials on the packaging and you could have an MSRP of $19.95 with show special pricing of $15 cash. All you need is a catchy name like "Copperhead Lid Shine" or "Skull Lube" and you are in business!

Best of luck with your new venture! ;)
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:27 PM   #3
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http://www.ratwax.net

Used the Google FU.

Never tried it, let us know if you do.
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:59 PM   #4
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http://www.ratwax.net

Used the Google FU.

Never tried it, let us know if you do.
Thanks! Yeah, I'd used my Google-Fu, but still wasn't sure if the products it turns up are worth it or not. I was looking for official ADVRider Testimonials (tm). Strangely, the Ratwax product didn't turn up in my searches. But I went ahead and ordered this product:

http://www.drbeasleys.com/matte-paint-sealant.html

It's spendy, at fifty bucks a vial, but my two-wheeled mistress is still cheaper than a two-legged one. It claims to be a sealer rather than just a soap or detailing spray. I'll try it out and see. I'll report back in a few months with my findings. Thanks again for the help!
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Old 08-03-2014, 12:36 AM   #5
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Turtle Wax Ice Works well on DipIt paint jobs and matte helmets.
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Old 08-03-2014, 07:13 AM   #6
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Just a second.......I was waxing my helmet.
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Old 08-03-2014, 07:17 AM   #7
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The bugs are supposed to come off? Who woulda thunk it???
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:58 AM   #8
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My first thought was, "There's a new level of OCD."

Waxing my helmet has never even occurred to me, and I've been riding for about 45 years. Much less trying to wax a matte finish.


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Old 08-03-2014, 11:14 AM   #9
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Turtle Wax Ice Works well on DipIt paint jobs and matte helmets.
+1...and faceshields too
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Old 08-03-2014, 12:37 PM   #10
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http://www.chemicalguys.com/JetSeal_...wac_203_16.htm

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Old 11-08-2014, 05:23 PM   #11
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I appreciate the contributions to this thread; I'll keep reading this and others.

The JetSeal Matte--$38 for 16oz... on sale? :eek

The Turtle Wax Ice is promoted as giving "shine...'

Rat Wax sounds like a good option, but it looks like you gotta order it... not gonna be at Manny. Moe, & Jack's.
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Old 11-09-2014, 05:10 PM   #12
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Pledge?

Works just fine in removing bugs from my visor, can't see why it wouldn't work on the rest of the helmet.

Plus that lemony stuff attracts bees when you stop! So don't stop!
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Old 11-09-2014, 06:14 PM   #13
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Nah, you don't want shine. Can't imagine that Pledge wouldn't leave enough behind to either be gummy or shiny.
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Old 11-09-2014, 07:51 PM   #14
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Well, I considered semi-gloss on my truck, but changed my mind after talking with the PPG and another (forget which) along with the Meguirs and Eagle One finish care manufacturers.

They all said there was virtually nothing that would keep the finish in matte condition. Their answer was any sort of cleaning product would cause some polishing effect, including washing and wiping... but they're working on it. their best suggestion was soap and water with minimal wiping to avoid the polishing effect.

Wish I had better news. I even considered using a fine Scotchbite type pad to keep the matte finish.
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