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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:01 am 
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Hi all, I have seen threads along this topic before, but cant seem to find a consensus.
I have a MTBK Colnago EPS 2011 with the matte nude carbon finish.

The finish is a little dull after a few years. After I give it a good clean, I am looking for a product to give it a bit of protection and to restore some of the deep black colour from out of the shop. I understand that you cannot use anything designed for gloss frames.

I have heard recommendations for both Protect-All bike shine as well as 303 Aerospace Protectant.

Does anyone have any experience with these products, or tips for "detailing" a matte nude carbon finish frame?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:01 am 
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great, thanks!


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303 is the only product that makes your matte finish frame a semi gloss finish for a few days and is easily removed with Windex. Do not use that though. Just saying if you do, it can be washed off without messing up the matte finish.

I mainly use Water or Windex in all honesty but rubbing alcohol where any grease or spots might be present and it works fine for both my MTBK C59 and Project Black S-WORKS Venge.

Sometimes I will use diluted dish soap like Dawn but usually after a wet ride.

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What are your options if you actually want to get rid of the matte carbon finish, other than stripping and re-painting?

I'm having an awfully hard time keeping the white matte finish of my frame 'white'; the only thing that really works is white gas / naphtha (shellite here in Australia). It was much easier keeping my previous gloss white frame clean.
Is there any kind of wax / solvent, like 303, that is (at least) semi-permanent?

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your white gas probably has removed any protective coating. I would never use a solvent as strong as gas on a bike. 99% isopropyl alcohol would do a good job cleaning but would not strip the outer layer of wax, but it's probably too late for that. I doubt that anything you apply is going to be very permanent. To gain any permanence you need to bond a chemical and with a matte finish I'm not sure what you would want to bond to it. I'll be curious to follow this. My only recommendation is to stop using gas immediately unless you get some solid confirmation that it isn't hurting anything. It's a pretty strong solvent.


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All you need for superb matt finish is Nanolex /cleaner, shampoo, sealant) or Chemical Guys (Matt QD and shampoo, finish you will received using this products will be better than new one from shop :thumbup:

You can find all line on http://www.nanolex.de/en/home or buy it from distributors.


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White gas is a bit of a generic name for a naphtha-like solvent. It's not 'gas' as in 'fuel'.
The stuff I use contains hydrocarbons 5 to 7, sort of on the medium scale of 'lightness' I suppose, but it does evaporate quickly and it certainly doesn't strip any paint (I've been using it to clean my bikes since forever and haven't had any issues with it).

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