Cleaning ATV Plastic

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Cleaning ATV plastic isn’t rocket science, but there are some products you should avoid or you’ll damage your body assembly on your four wheeler. Whether you’re a Polaris man, or Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Can Am (Bombardier), or even a China brand rider, the basic methods you can use to keep the plastics looking fresh and new are relatively the same for all manufacturers. In this article, I’ll share some of the best ways to make them look great.

Use Caution

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As you use any of the methods listed, you’ll want to test them out in a small inconspicuous area, just in case if causes staining or fading on your quad. Use your head and test out any methods first!

Soap and Water

Before you can shine and make the body look like new, you have to detail wash your quad. It’s actually best to use a sponge, not a power washer, and put some elbow grease into it. Power washers can strip decals with the pressure, making your quad more damaged than it was before. Get in all the nooks and crannies and wash it up first, so you can make it look like new.


Use caution and make sure the wax you use is okay for ATV plastic. In addition, test out in a small inconspicuous area. Rub on the wax the same way you would a car, using small circles. Buff the wax when you remove it for a nice shine. Apply several coats and buff it, making sure you don’t do any damage to the decals or graphics.

Make it Easy to Clean

Some people have reported awesome results from using products like Rain-X to keep the mud and dirt from sticking hard to the body. This makes the following cleanup an easier task. As with any type of chemical, you really need to make sure it doesn’t stain or alter the color of the plastic before you go forward with using it all over your 4 wheeler, so you don’t do damage to the plastic.

Things to Avoid

As you look at how to clean ATV plastic and make it look great, there are a lot of things you need to avoid. For example, when washing, you should use a clean sponge. If there is sand or grit on it, you will do a lot of damage to your body assembly. In addition, some oils will stain the quad, making it look bad. Some automotive products are designed for painted metal only. While some four wheelers are now using automotive paint, many are not. Cleaning ATV plastic requires caution for best results.

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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.