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Maintaining the Mutistrada matte paint

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Any experience with cleaning and maintaining the matte paint on the titanium multistrada? I assume you can't wax it. So what do you do instead of wax to protect it from the elements and keep it looking good?
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When BMW sells a matte grey car, the buyer signs some type of waiver that they must use BMW's matte care product to maintain the look. Check it out. :)
 

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Do not wax or polish the matte paint. Any spray detailer will suffice. Have a pro install a 3M frosted film kit on it and you'll be good to go.

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For me this is a major issue. In the first week of riding I got some road tar on my front panels. No problem on previous polished paint...came off with standard products. But...it has damaged the matt paint. Took it back to dealer..they sent me to their specialist paint shop....oh dear...the 'tar' as 'eaten into' the paint...permanant damage!! Either a respray...or new panels!! Windex does get many mentions for cleaning...but unless you can put a coat of 'protection' on this paint (and I dont fancy getting plastic film put all over it...not in the heat and humidity here)...we have a problem which Ducati don't seem to want to address. I am told Harley make a polish for their 'denim' finish...and it's good to hear about BMW...I may try their dealership here. Nick.
 

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again, try the 3M "frosted" film.....it's transparent.....the only thing you see are the edges. do the forks in the traditional clear while you're at it.

or don't.

not worrying about the paint is worth more than i paid for the kit to get installed.

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Discussion Starter · #13 · (Edited)
again, try the 3M "frosted" film.....it's transparent.....the only thing you see are the edges. do the forks in the traditional clear while you're at it.

or don't.

not worrying about the paint is worth more than i paid for the kit to get installed.

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Appreciate the suggestion but I have an aversion to protective plastic, whether it be on my iphone, my couch, or my car/bike.
Dr Beasley wants to sell you their matte paint cleaner, and use BMW as a reference:

BMW Matte Paint Care Guidelines | Frozen Paint Care | Matte Car Care |

Good video
Very interesting and helpful, thanks. I may give this a try.
 

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I've done a bit of research on this since starting the thread. The Dr. Beasley products look ideal but quite expensive. Ironically a lot of info on matte paint comes from HD riders since HD has been using their "denim" (matte) finish for a long time. A lot of their riders swear by washing with dawn and spot cleaning with windex. HD actually recommends this. They also sell their own spot cleaner for matte paint. Some purists would gasp at doing this.

I also found this stuff which looks promising, and is fairly cheap. I actually ordered some.

Bottom line is, you shouldn't use any type of wax or spray containing silicants, shining agents, or polishes on the matte finish.
 

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Appreciate the suggestion but I have an aversion to protective plastic, whether it be on my iphone, my couch, or my car/bike.
you're welcome. you do understand that scratches and/or blemishes in the paint are not reparable, yes? i suppose they are, but at a cost of replacing the actual plastic fairing parts. the small, top piece around the fuel filler neck is over $300 if i'm not mistaken.

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I understand that, I just can't bring myself to put protective plastic on it. I have the same issue with the clear bra type automotive protection, I like to keep it natural. I'm not a scratcher so I'm not too worried about it.
 

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Any experience with cleaning and maintaining the matte paint on the titanium multistrada? I assume you can't wax it. So what do you do instead of wax to protect it from the elements and keep it looking good?
I've done a bit of research on this since starting the thread. .......

I also found this stuff which looks promising, and is fairly cheap. I actually ordered some.

Bottom line is, you shouldn't use any type of wax or spray containing silicants, shining agents, or polishes on the matte finish.
Looks like you're all set.
 

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My wife works at an HD shop. They sell lots of products that are reportedly designed for maintaining "denim" paint finishes. However, I know for a fact that the only detailing spray they use in their shop is Windex.
I know a couple of painters that swear by it as well.
 
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