Caring for Carbon Fibre Parts
Carbon fibre is a highly durable material that will last indefinitely in normal use. However, like any product that is exposed to the elements, regular care and maintenance is essential if it is to maintain its good looks.
We’ve put together this brief guide to help you keep your carbon fibre parts in tip-top condition for years to come.
Gloss Finished Parts
Wash and dry your carbon fibre parts in the same way you treat the rest of your bike’s bodywork. We recommend the use of a specialist bike cleaner but a good quality car shampoo will do the job almost as well. One thing car shampoo won’t do is remove oil and grease deposits, so you’ll need to use a degreaser like Gunk/Jizer to get them off.
Clean your bike and its carbon fibre in a cool, shaded area. This will prevent water and cleaning chemicals from leaving deposits and stains which can be hard to remove.
Rinse them thoroughly with clean water and dry with a microfibre cloth or chamois leather.
From time to time, give your carbon fibre parts a light polish with a product designed for automotive use. After polishing, protect your carbon by applying a synthetic sealant or carnauba wax to leave it looking bright and shiny.
Light scratches can be removed by rubbing them down with some fine wet and dry paper and polishing them back up again. Be careful not to rub through the clear coat and down to the carbon fabric.
Matte Finished Parts
Parts with a matte/satin finish should be washed using a good quality bike cleaner/car shampoo. Be careful not to apply to much pressure when moving your hand across the surface - you need to avoid anything that could lead to the finish being polished.
When you've finished washing it, rinse the part thoroughly with clean water.
Dab the surface with a microfibre cloth to dry them off. Be careful not to rub the surface so that it becomes shiny.
Don’t apply any kind of polish/wax/degreaser.
You can’t polish scratches out of matte/satin finished parts. If they do get scratched the only solution is to have them re-finished.
If you have any questions about caring for your carbon fibre products, please contact us and we will be happy to advise you.