Reviewing and comparing motorcycle cleaners, polishes and wax products is an extremely difficult task.
Let's face it: wash your bike and spray on just about any ol' wax or polish, and it's going to look good! The same goes for metal cleaners, plastic cleaners and polishes and similar products.
There just isn't all that much we can say about each one of these products (very uncharacteristic for webBikeWorld, I know!). They either work or they don't.
So we've grouped them together in one huge grouping and we've tried to cross-link the various products by type; i.e., metal cleaners, degreasers, waxes and polishes, plastic cleaners, etc.
Look for the links in the right-hand column of each mini-review for links to similar products.
Note that some of the products are multi-purpose and may be listed in more than one category. For example, ProtectAll works as an all-around cleaner and polish for painted surfaces, windscreens and helmets.
Also, like all webBikeWorld reviews, these are completely subjective, as we have no way of scientifically evaluating the characteristics of these products. The results are based on subjective comparisons of one product to another. See scoring chart below.
Note also we now have a few ties, with products scoring equally in the Polish, Swirl and the Spider Web (scratch) remover category. This is a good thing and it shows that the competition is catching up to our favorites!
As always, if you purchase and use any of these products, feel free to drop us a line with your comments at
Danasé Motorcycle Detailing Products: Paint Sealant; Wet Glaze; Pure Polish; Gloss Amplifying Shampoo; Turbo Shine; Leather Rx
All-in-One "Quick Cleaners and Quick Polish" Products: Glare Blast | Original Bike Spirits Spray Cleaner & Polish | Tirox Speed Wax Detailer | Liquid Performance Street Bike Cleaning & Detailing Kit | Britemax 6S Spray & Shine | Mr. Moto Quick Polish | ProtectAll | Meguiar's Quick Wax | Meguiar's NXT Spray Wax | Motorex Protect & Shine | Motorex Clean & Polish | Motorex Protect & Shine | Plexus | S100 Detail & Wax | Auto Glym
Waxes and Polishes: Wizards Shine Master (2007) | Turtle Wax ICE (2007) | Collinite Prewax Cleaner (2006) | Collinite Sapphire Auto Wax (2006) | Collinite Liquid Insulator Wax (2006) | Eagle One Nanowax | Meguiar's NXT Tech Wax | Glare Professional Polish | Crystal-Glo Acrylic Polish | KlasseMotorcycle Detailing: Liquid Performance Street Bike Cleaning & Detailing Kit (2007) | "Pimp Stixxx" Motorcycle Detailing Kit review
Swirl and Spider Web Scratch Removers: Wizards Supreme Seal (when used with Wizards Shine Master) | Glare Spider Web and Swirl Remover (when used with Glare Professional Polish) | Britemax Black Max Polish and Swirl Remover
Plastic and Polycarbonate Cleaners and Polishes: Tend Plastic Cleaner | KPC Speed-Cleaner Cleaner & Polish (2007) | All Kleer Plastic Cleaner and Polish (2006) | RejeX Paint & Plastic Treatment | Plexus | Meguiar's Plastx Plastic Cleaner
Metal Polish Reviews: Star Clean Metal Cleaner and Polish | Wizards Metal Polish | Wizards Metal Renew | Wizards Power Seal | Metal Master Easy Cut Metal Cleaner, Final Shine and Sealant | Blue Diamond Metal Polish | Blue Job Exhaust Blue Remover | Blue Away Motorcycle Exhaust Blue Remover | Meguiar's Metal Restorer | S100 Polishing Soap | Excel Metal Cleaner & Polish | Luster Seal | Luster Detailer | Rim Magic | Wenol | More info on the wBW Motorcycle Metal Polishing Page
wBW Video (YouTube): Cleaning and Polishing Chrome Wheels
Vinyl & Rubber Cleaners & Protectants: Gummi Pflege Stift (Rubber Care Stick) | Forever Black | Wizards Black Renew | Pig Spit | S100 Engine Brightener | Meguiar's Vinyl & Rubber Protectant | Black Again | Glare Vinyl & Leather Cleaner
Chain Lubes: wBW Motorcycle Chain Lube Reviews
Wheel Cleaners: S100 Polishing Soap
Helmet Cleaners: Motorex Helmet Care ReviewMotorcycle Oil Page
Our Eminently Subjective Ratings: 1 = Don't bother; 2 = Limited usefulness; 3 = Works as advertised; 4 = Very good; 5 = Excellent, best in class.
From "A.L." (June 2012): "Well, since I just finished getting my bike cleaned up, I thought Iíd share what Iíve found to be some of the best products on the market for this task.
The first task is to get the bike clean. There are two products that I use when itís time to clean. Being one that likes to do things the easy way, I start with P21S Total Motorcycle Wash. Itís very easy to use. Start with the bike cool to the touch (if you lay your hand on the paint and keep it there, itís cool enough to clean and wax).
Actually, I start with the wheels first and use P21S High Performance Wheel Cleaner. Spray the wheels with the P21S, enough to put an even coat on the wheels. You really donít need to leave it on any more time than it takes to get the hose ready. I do both wheels and let the cleaner sit for less than a minute, then spay it off. If there is some stubborn dirt, I give it a rub with a sponge/rag to get it off.
Iíve also found that WD-40 does a great job of getting things like road tar off my wheels and bugs off the headlight and paint. The P21S cleaner takes the WD-40 off too. After finishing the wheels, the P21S Motorcycle cleaner is sprayed over the entire bike (again, make sure the bike is cool to the touch, including the engine/pipes, etc.). Again, no need to leave it on the bike. Once the entire bike is coated with the cleaner, spray it off with your hose. (As a side note, Harley Davidson dealers carry the P21S cleaner and wheel cleaner).
Once the bike is clean and dry, I start on the paint. Youíd be amazed to see what a difference there is if the paint is "cleaned" with a glaze, before waxing. I personally think the 3M 39007 Imperial Hand Glaze does a wonderful job, as itís not harsh, yet will remove swirl mark and will fill out the little imperfections in the paint, giving it a "wet look"Ē.
When it comes to wax there are three that I use. If I want the best shine, Iíve found none better than P21S Concours Carnauba Wax. Itís a little hard to work with in that if left on too long, itís a pain to remove; so do one section at a time; i.e. the tank, then a fender, etc. The shine is fantastic. But, it wonít last.
The good news is that if you let the original application set up for 4 or 5 days, you can put another coat over it, which puts depth to the shine. (Donít ever put another coat of wax over a new wax coat, as the solvents in the second coat will eat through the first coat, and youíll end up with 1-1/3 coats of wax. If you wait 5 days and put on the second coat, the first coat will have taken a set, and the second coat will go over the first coat).
There are two other waxes that are worth mentioning; One Grand Blitz Carnauba Wax and a relatively new product called Sonax Nano Technology Liquid Wax. I recommend the One Grand for the bike that is ridden daily. It gives a great shine (not quite as good as P21S) and lasts a long time. Itís another wax that additional coats can be put on to add depth.
The Sonax Nano Wax is relatively new on the market and I just used it for the first time. It made sense to me that the micro fine wax particles would get into the "pores" of my paint. Iíll have to wait and see how this wax holds up. I can say that the shine is great.
I must admit that I learned a great deal from my vendor, Larry Reynolds at "Car Care Specialties, Inc.". Larryís web site not only has a host of products for taking care of your pride and joy, but he provides very good information on how to use his products as well. Visiting his web page is worth your time."
From "LJ" (10/08): "I am Love ĎLJí Joshi from Bangalore, India; I ride a Royal Enfield Thunder Bird.
Iíve been following your website since quite a while and today I was reading the reviews of the different motorcycle cleaning, waxing and polishing products.
Unfortunately most of these products are not available in India and the idea of shipping these from US/UK means paying more postage than the actual price of the product.
I must confess that I am a very lousy person when it comes to cleaning and waxing my bike. I usually get it washed and polished once a month.
Last week one of my friends came from the US and brought me a bottle of the ĎKit Scratch outí ; so one morning I decided to clean the bike myself, try the scratch out and see if it actually works on all the spider webs that have already developed on my bike (the tank specially).
I sprayed the bike with a regular degreaser and wiped it dry and then applied a liberal coat of the scratch out, after just very little buffing I noticed the polish actually seep into the minute cracks and the spider webs and make the paint feel much smoother! The color also deepened and caught itís 3 year old original shine. I was pretty impressed knowing that this probably is one of the cheapest alternatives from the US (my friend didnít want to spend too much and still get me a gift)
After reading your review about the Glare Professional polish I am thinking about either getting it shipped it to India or ask someone to bring it along when they drop by next so that I can actually test how the bike reacts to the new polish.
Thanks so much for all the reviews. Iíd request if you could review a few slightly cheaper options for the hot weather riding pants (mesh pants?!) so that I and my biker friends back home can order them online and get it shipped hereÖ thanks to you, we now know about NewEnough, RevZilla and motorcycle super storeÖ truly notable customer service!
Cheers! Keep up the good work!"
From "MM": "I have just been reading your reviews for chrome/metal polishes. I ride a 1985 Goldwing. And kind of like a bit of shiny shiny on the bike, when I bought the bike its exhaust was black and brown over its entire length.
I used Autosol and Autoglym polishes of which I found Autoglym the better as it gave the chrome and stainless steel a whiter and brighter finish, however neither would cut through the blue and blacking near the engine. The only product I have found to actually cut through this bluing is H. G. Hagesan, steel polish which comes in a 250 ml bottle. You can get it in hardware stores and some diy stores ( Homebase) etc.
A little bit of elbow grease is required at the fingertips with a cloth. You may need to apply two or three times a buffing in between each application. If you wanted you could finish off with a good quality chrome cleaner, depending on how shiny you want your final finish.
Another alternative is to mix some Soda crystals in the bucket of water and lower the ends of the exhaust into it, give it a few moments to start working. Then wearing gloves use a sponge scourer gently wipe until the discoloration has gone rinse in clean water, and polish up with chrome cleaner."