The glossy coating or the smooth matte finish of the paint doesn't last forever. Just like anti-ageing creams and fairness products which promise to improve your skin health, the market is full of motorcycle care products which promise to retain the original glow of your motorcycle. One of these products is the MotoMax Shiner, a multi-purpose spray-on product which works as an all-around cleaner and polish for painted surfaces, windscreens as well as plastic body panels.
Meet TVS Scooty Zest, one of our favourite long termers. The turquoise blue paint might attract a lot of eye balls wherever it goes, but the paint has started to lose its lustre and the black plastic panels had started to look grey. Naturally, the Scooty Zest was the ideal guinea pig for trying out these products.
We started off by dividing the Scooty Zest into two halves with the help of some masking tape. Doing this helped us determine the impact of the Shiner more effectively. Leaving the left side untouched, we cleaned the right side of the scooter with water and soap. Once the scooter had dried up, we sprayed the Shiner on a microfiber cloth. The Shiner is a slightly foamy solution, and is more effective if you let it sit for a minute before you start wiping the body surface.
Note that before using any cleaning product, it is advisable that you wash your two-wheeler with soap and water to get rid of the dust, dirt, mud and grime. It is well worth your time and the results will be noticeably better!
You can notice that the MotoMax Shiner leaves behind a nice gleam and a smooth plastic-like coating on the glossy body surfaces. The effects are even more pronounced on metal parts and the black plastic surfaces near the instrument console and below the seat. The Shiner helped get rid of the minor scratches and brought the lustre back into these faded plastic panels. When it comes to deep scratches and grazes, the Shiner deep cleans the cuts by getting rid of grime and other residue, making them less pronounced.
However, the Shiner turned out to be ineffective in removing the black residue that is left behind by stickers, despite the extra time and effort we put in for scrubbing these out. It isn't useful in removing oxidised residue or rust from metal parts either, and you will have to invest in more expensive bike care products to take care of these.
I would suggest you use a microfiber cloth for the buffing, as the residue left behind by the Shiner doesn't seem to come off with a regular rag. You have to be extra careful to wipe of this residue in places like the floorboard, seat and the accelerator, as they can become very slippery after the Shiner has been used.
It has been over a week since I first used the Shiner on the Scooty Zest, and the effects are still noticeable. All you need to do is wipe down the dust with a dry cloth. I did try out the Shiner on other motorcycles and the effects are equally satisfying.
A 100ml bottle of MotoMax Shiner will set you back by Rs 125, which seems like a fair price. We used up about one fifth of the liquid for cleaning the Scooty Zest, which means that it can be used about four more times.