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Lots of splatter from new chain?

I bought an EK chain and it came uhh.. pre-lubed? Well, it had a bunch of white crap on it anyways and after riding around a bit I noticed it splattered all over the left side of my bike, chain guard, swing arm, and now I've got a brand new 2" chicken strip on the left side of my tire.

Is this normal? I put some chain wax on after the ride, was this a bad idea?
Most importantly, what can I do to clean off my tire?
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With my bike on the stand, after I lube the chain, I usually take a shop towel and wet it lightly with some chain cleaner (or contact cleaner) and wipe off the excess before letting it set overnight.
For some of the splatter that gets on the tire, I lightly wipe it off with some contact cleaner.
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Its best to wipe of the excess when installing a new chain. If you pull the chain cover, the build up is amazing.

I do the same as Sub but I use Honda cleaner on the wheels, some finishes do not like contact/brake cleaners.

As for the tire, take some brake cleaner on a rag and wipe it down....works like a charm.



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I was only mentioning removing spatter on the tires, not the paint.
Contact cleaner's actually not the best for tires either, but I don't do it very often.
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Sorry, I wasn't being critical except for finishes like powder coated finishes, especially gloss ones do not tolerate brake/contact cleaners.

Don't ask me how I know this ,please...

I use brake cleaner on my tires to clean the chain goo off but I apply it to a rag first.



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I've got this Chain Doc chain cleaner stuff that I think is pretty much just kerosene in a spray can. Would that work/be safe for the tires?
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I always use kerosene to clean the chain.
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Another option; DX330. Ask any automotive painter, it's safe for anything on our bikes. I use it all the time to keep my chain area clean and the tires too. I use motorex white chain grease. it's good, but a little messy. DX330 makes quick cleanup. Use a spray bottle, and throw-away shop towels. You can spray the DX330 on the rag and really control the amount of saturation. Work great for me. It's at most automotive paint supply houses. About $18 a qt. Lasts me about 6 months or so.

Never tried it on powdercoat though. I don't know about that...

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I wouldn't use kerosene on the tires...but that is just me.

Maxima Chain Wax is the best I have used.



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kerosene and sidewalls = uh-oh...

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