Teflon coating for bikes

teflon coating for bikes applied on a motorcycle

Teflon coating for bikes

People often get advised on getting a Teflon coat done on their vehicles. Some say it gives the vehicle a gloss finish, some say it is like a sunscreen lotion that protects the vehicle’s paint. Some even say that it is enough if you use it once in a while and one need not repaint the vehicle. With a Teflon coating for bikes, the bike is protected from wear and tear, rust and other things such as dust marks, dirt etc.

Teflon® is a brand name and a chemical known as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and it can be used as a Teflon coating. It has a wide variety of uses because it is extremely stable. For instance, it doesn’t react with other chemicals and can provide an almost frictionless surface. Most people are familiar with it as a non-stick coating surface for pans and other cookware and as a coating for cars. It is also used in many other products, such as fabric protectors and also for bikes.

The reasons why Teflon coating is good for bikes

A number of applications explained:

  • It is used to coat surfaces to reduce friction;
  • It has a lubricating non-stick effect
  • Due its non-reactivity, it is also coated on surfaces where certain corrosive chemicals such as oils and fuels are present. Teflon prevents the chemicals from reacting with the surface and hence stops corrosion.
teflon coating for bikes applied on a motorcycle

Teflon coating for bikes applied on a motorcycle

Just as with cars, Teflon coating can be applied on bikes. The benefits are similar with the bike being prevented from wear and tear, rust and other things such as dust marks, dirt etc. If one wants to apply the coating, the steps are quite simple.

  1. Firstly, you will need to wash the surface. This can be the surface of your bike or car.
  2. Secondly, you have to give the surface a thorough rub using a rubber compound. 
  3. Next, glaze the surface and then coat the surface. You can apply the coating on the dashboard as well. A spray gun can be used to put on the coat.

Apply Teflon coating for bike in 6 steps

The procedure of applying the Teflon coating is done in 6 steps. They are as follows:

  1. Water wash: It is important to give your motorcycle a thorough water wash. This is very important as it removes any dirt or grime sticking on your bike. The dirt may hinder the process of Teflon coating in the later part.
  2. Rubbing: Rub the areas with the rubbing compound on the painted surfaces of the vehicle to be Teflon coated. With this process, small scratches on the bike will be removed.
  3. Glaze: This is used to make the bike’s paint shine like new. You can see the effects better on an old bike that has faded a little, compared to newer vehicles for obvious reasons.
  4. This is the final step in the process, this was when I finally got to see the tiny bottle of prized liquid, Teflon. It has a particularly pungent smell to it when it is applied onto the paint. This smell however, disappears once it has dried. A soft cotton cloth is used to apply this liquid onto all the painted areas over the bike. It is then left to dry for a few minutes.
  5. Wax coating: This is called as ‘Finishing’. This is usually done to protect the coating applied in the previous steps. It is the final stage which helps preserve the coating and also give a better glossy shine.
  6. Dashboard: The last stage of the Teflon coating is called the ‘Dashboard’. Rings some bells? Yes, indeed the dashboard of a car. In a similar process as on a car, this process entails one apply vinyl to the areas which are made of similar materials as a typical car’s dashboard; i.e. the plastic parts near the console.

Downsides of Teflon coating on bikes

  • As with all industries, one should be aware of fake products.
  • A little time consuming. It needs one to part with their vehicle for the time it spends in the workshop, but that’s just me nitpicking.

Teflon coating price

To coat the bike with a teflon coating for bikes costs around 350 INR. Prices may vary in other showrooms/regions. Add to that, one gets a two hand polish for no extra cost and you get six months warranty.

Teflon polish kit especially developed for bikes

At Amazon ans IndiaMart you can buy different teflon polish kits for different prices.

How to remove Teflon coating from bike

If you wish to remove the teflon, because you want a new layer or if you want to use another coating for instance you can was the bike. The teflon coating will get washed off the moment you use soap and water on your bike. You can use a sponge and soap to rinse the bike and completely remove the teflon coating.

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