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Offline Phot

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Luggage clean
« on: February 28, 2020, 11:23:08 AM »
My new Tiger 800 xrt came with Triumph Panniers, rectangular aluminium style. I also added a matching Givi top box. Now, after a very short time I have found the surface of all the luggage seems to be marked/corroding purely down to weather. The bike is garaged, so not standing in the weather/rain. Is this common, is there a way of protecting it from the elements, cleaning advise? Thanks.

Offline Stevie.P

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Re: Luggage clean
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2020, 01:21:09 PM »
Hi and :401:

My bike isn't garaged just parked outdoors uncovered with the topbox permanently on. It has sort of white spots on it but I don't worry about it. If you try using any polish type cleaner you end up removing the lacquer layer and polishing to a shiny bare aluminium finish which will then need even more constant attention (IMO).
The official Triumph recommendations for cleaning are at the end of the fitting instructions, page 15 . though I'm not convinced that process is adequate.

https://www.triumphinstructions.com/ProdDocs/A2353434-EN.pdf
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Offline awjdthumper

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Re: Luggage clean
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2020, 01:33:16 PM »
*Originally Posted by Phot [+]
My new Tiger 800 xrt came with Triumph Panniers, rectangular aluminium style. I also added a matching Givi top box. Now, after a very short time I have found the surface of all the luggage seems to be marked/corroding purely down to weather. The bike is garaged, so not standing in the weather/rain. Is this common, is there a way of protecting it from the elements, cleaning advise? Thanks.
My 800 XCa did not come with luggage but I have been mulling over whether to buy silver or black pannier boxes. It sounds as though the silver ones are simply lacquered and, like a lot of aluminium engine cases, this usually offers good protection for quite a long time before the aluminium underneath starts to corrode. If your bike is still under warranty including the panniers, I would take them back and complain. I need to look at the black ones again but, if they are not anodised, I would worry that any paint/lacquer finish might not stand up any hard use?
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Offline Baetech

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Re: Luggage clean
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2020, 04:06:13 PM »
Typical problem in aluminum , we all suffer from it....  try using plastic cleaner to sort of buff the outside, you can also use WD-40 to polish and coat the exterior.

Offline Mav

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Re: Luggage clean
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2020, 08:00:50 PM »
 :0461:

I use WD40, brings them up a treat.
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Re: Luggage clean
« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2020, 09:04:54 AM »
I use cheap old Lidl spray furniture polish for my black panniers. Brings them up a treat.  :007:

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Re: Luggage clean
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2020, 10:10:45 AM »
*Originally Posted by nobsta [+]
I use cheap old Lidl spray furniture polish for my black panniers. Brings them up a treat.  :007:

Ha,  :0461: I nick the wife's Mr Sheen, brings the paintwork up a treat anorl. My ally (Trax) boxes are 5 years old, still good as new.
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Re: Luggage clean
« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2020, 10:23:58 AM »
 :046: All the bike shops used to use it years ago on the new bikes. Don't know what happened but it seemed to go out of favour for mega expensive stuff.

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Re: Luggage clean
« Reply #8 on: February 29, 2020, 11:34:13 AM »
WD40  :028:

Offline Nickw_uk

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Re: Luggage clean
« Reply #9 on: February 29, 2020, 10:40:16 PM »
I wash mine and use ACF. Not got the spots yet.

 


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