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Old 10-19-2006, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering what you use to get the hood of your sled all shiny? I thoguth of using wax, and wasn't sure if this will harm the hood or not? I know a lot of waxes say not to use on plastic. Just curious what you guys use?
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Old 10-19-2006, 10:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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after ive washed the sled, i use regular car wax on my hood. i used to use rain-x, but since then have used turtle wax. works good, and i havent had any problems in the last 5 yrs of doing so.
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I've used ordinary car wax before and it didn't seem to do any harm.
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Old 10-19-2006, 11:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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yea i use car wax after i was too...i also armor all everything that can be armor alled...keep it nice and shiney and protected
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i wax my sled just about every week during winter and all i use is car wax.
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Old 10-19-2006, 11:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Be carefull if you plan on using armorall on the seat
gets very slippery I speak from Experience!!
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Old 10-19-2006, 11:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I use turtle wax and seems to work fine.
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Old 10-19-2006, 01:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Be carefull if you plan on using armorall on the seat
gets very slippery I speak from Experience!!
slippery seat bad. very bad.
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Old 10-19-2006, 03:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Be carefull if you plan on using armorall on the seat
gets very slippery I speak from Experience!!

yea that sux! lol. But it does make the seat look good.
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Old 10-19-2006, 03:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
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WD-40 works real well.
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WD-40 works real well.

....why not use soap and water then. WD-40 offers no protection. and would just make stuff oily. Unless your talkin bout under hood cleaning.
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WD-40 works real well.
i agree, after racing motocross and sno cross i come across wd40 working good, it takes dirt/grease off and leaves a good finish not oily if you spray on cloth first. what protection do you need for a snowmobile.?!? wax? from those harsh uv rays eh? dont think so.
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Old 10-19-2006, 04:12 PM   #13 (permalink)
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It's called protecting the finish. A sled with a good finish lets people know you take care of your stuff.
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....why not use soap and water then. WD-40 offers no protection. and would just make stuff oily. Unless your talkin bout under hood cleaning.
No doubt!! Engine and metal parts definately . But the seat and the hood........WD40 ........not a chance!!!The seat and hood need a different kind of protection than WD40 offers.
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No doubt!! Engine and metal parts definately . But the seat and the hood........WD40 ........not a chance!!!The seat and hood need a different kind of protection than WD40 offers.
Not to mention WD40 is a petroleum based product which can eat away at many plastics and rubbers without much trouble.
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Not to mention WD40 is a petroleum based product which can eat away at many plastics and rubbers without much trouble.
i use wd40 on my trailers and the graphics along with my snowmobile. It makes the hood nice and shiny and does not eat away at it whatso ever. i wouldnt use it on the seat ad i would use a different solvent. But for a windshield/hood and another parts thats need a cleaning id use wd 40 or either carb cleaner on real greasy areas.
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i use wd40 on my trailers and the graphics along with my snowmobile. It makes the hood nice and shiny and does not eat away at it whatso ever. i wouldnt use it on the seat ad i would use a different solvent. But for a windshield/hood and another parts thats need a cleaning id use wd 40 or either carb cleaner on real greasy areas.
It's probably ok on those areas as they should have some kind of a clearcoat protecting them, if it ended up on any areas of exposed plastic or rubbers you would risk oil contamination, a common side effect of pretroleum products being applied to plastics\rubbers which are also made from petroleum, the oil acts as a thinner over time and dissolves the plastic\rubber. Having the clearcoat on the areas you spray is probably making it ok since the wd40 can't dissolve the clearcoat.
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after ive washed the sled, i use regular car wax on my hood. i used to use rain-x, but since then have used turtle wax. works good, and i havent had any problems in the last 5 yrs of doing so.
I'll go with the Turtle Wax.Good protector!!!
And also ,What SEG said. Nothin like snapin some necks with a good lookin sled!!!! Thats half the competition around here.....with my buddies....who has the badest, cleanest,shiniest sled
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Be carefull if you plan on using armorall on the seat
gets very slippery I speak from Experience!!
you know it, thank god for the hump on the back of the seat
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