Cleaning Old Saddlebags

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Boxer Metal, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. Boxer Metal

    Boxer Metal Mad Scientist

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    I searched and Googled before I asked. Has anyone come up with a good way to bring the shine back to old Krauser bags. Years past I used a product from BMW and that is NLA.

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  2. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    I have had decent luck with spray polish (I used honda brand)

    If it's for show you can use back to black, but I've found that it doesn't last all that long.

    I have a pair of Givi bags that I repainted in semi flat black, and they looked great afterwards, much better then the sunfaded grey they were.
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  3. Bulldust

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    silicone spray
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  4. R100LT

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    I had decent luck with shoe polish ( on the front covers ) ... ( Caveat ... must be a brand endorsed by the Queen )
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    gsd4me 90% bluff

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  6. Bill Harris

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    They are ABS plastic and the best solution would be a cutting/rubbing compound to remove the oxidized film followed by a good car wax. IMO. There might be a problem with the textured part of the cases.

    And years ago we used a product called Marhyde (a paint for vinyl used on car interiors-- dashes, door panels, etc) that would adhere to a plastic (vinyl) and was pretty durable. At least over 3-4 year timespans.
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  7. boxerboy81

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    Anyone tried "ebony" Rub 'n Buff on these ol' bags?
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  8. 100RT

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    The hardware stores carry paint made for plastic it's called Fusion. They would have to be clean of any type of silicone.
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  9. sithndman

    sithndman Been here awhile

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    Watching... My BMW bags are looking about the same. One thing I noticed, your latches look to be in great condition. Have you worked on them and what did you do? I'd like to get mine to where they actually latch and align with the release button.
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  10. Other Bob

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    Mine too. I happen to have a can of Bon Ami, a very mild cleansing powder that isn't supposed to scratch. It's been around forever:

    http://www.bonami.com/

    I'll give it a try on my bags tonight and report the results back here. I'll bet that this powder and a soft brush or terrycloth rag to get down into the "texture" of the bag surface will do the trick - at least for cleaning off the oxidized surface layer.

    Then maybe a shot with the Fusion (or simply some silicone or paste wax) will make them shine again.

    Bob
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    sithndman Been here awhile

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    Bon Ami in the gold can is some good sh*t. When I was slinging auto parts back when, we'd recommend it for cleaning glass without scratching. Abrasive enough to clean, but gentle enough to not mar the surface I'd think.
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  12. Speed King

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    Mequiers and others make a product for black bumpers, trim etc. that works great. I would wash & dry them real good then apply that. Might take a couple times but I have brought some neglected pieces back to life on more than one occaision. Detail section of the auto parts store.
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  13. WRC51

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    I have used a product by Rust-o-Leum that is for plastic outdoor furniture. It has a slight pebble grain finish, and the finish itself is semi-satin. I used it on the side panels and rad. shrouds and it holds up very nice. To my eye it gives it a nice finish that dosent scream re-paint. It is kinda hard to find this paint, aleast where I live.
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  14. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    If these bags really are ABS you don't need to use any special expensive paint, ABS is very compatible with standard formulas, but you do need to make sure and prep the bag for for paint.

    I've had good luck with Dawn dishwashing soap and scrubbing the heck out of the bag and then denatured alcohol to finish the job and make sure the water is dried up.

    If you use greases or waxes or silly cone, you might not ever be able to get paint to adhere without getting fisheyes.
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  15. craydds

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    I used Mother's "Back to Black" on mine. Seemed to work alright, not miraculous, but adequate. I did not make before and after pictures, but mine looked just like yours before I cleaned 'em up.
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    So noted for ABS (plastic, that is).
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    I spray discolored and faded plastic parts on old bikes with Gibbs Brand penetrating oil. It doesn't leave an oily, sticky film, but after I let it soak on the parts I sometime give it a little "buff" to get rid of the excess. Probably isn't any worse than any of the other magoozzel that's been suggested, and certainly less work than properly preparing them for painting. I like it better than Back To Black, though that would be my 2nd choice.

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  18. DaveBall

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    I tried Back to Black. It looked great for a short while, but faded away fairly quickly.

    I have also painted a set of Krausers with Krylon Fusion black. They turned out great after a few coats. Then waxed them a few times and they still look good after 2 years. I don't have any photos, but the next time I see the guy that bought the bike, I will get some and post them.

    The only problem with painting is the prep. You have to clean them really well. I wiped them down with a cloth and reducer a few times and could not get the rough finish to come out right, so I put some reducer into a clean spray bottle and misted them a few times, then wiped them down. That did the trick. the paint seems to have stuck really well.
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  19. boxerboy81

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    My BMW Classic panniers are also looking a tad bland. I just cleaned a couple of unsighted sections with a spray of brake cleaner, scrubbed with a old clean toothbrush and used two different methods to bring the black back. The brake cleaner gives it a lighter colour, so I won't use that again.
    1. Ebony Rub 'n Buff. It seemed to work ok, as it does look better, but it should be better still.
    2. Rubber grease (pbr brand) It's great for rubber bit's and pieces so despite the case not being rubber I gave it a shot. It blackened it up a bit better than the r.'n.b and a quick polish makes the greasy touch go. It's not a new look either, but certainly better than it was.

    I might give a wider area a good go in the next few days, after getting some bonami to use as the cleaning product.
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  20. Boxer Metal

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    So far I have found that a light rubbing compound works the best. Still experimenting.
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