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?
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.
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?
You can find all line on http://www.nanolex.de/en/home or buy it from distributors.
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).
I see there are a few matt specific cleaning and protection products - Morgan Blue and Red Ant – which receive mixed feedback.
Folk on here are pretty fussy about their steeds – what do you find is the best way to clean and protect your matt carbon frames?
My preferred method of cleaning is diluted dish soap all over the bike with diluted citrus degreaser to clean off the really greasy parts such as the chainstay... After the bike is totally clean and dry I take a rag and spray it down with Armor All and wipe the bike down completely with that. It adds a bit of depth to the matte finish without making it glossy. In addition it protects a bit and keeps it looking good for a while.
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