Teflon Coating For Your Bike – A How to Guide

by Deepak on February 13, 2010

Teflon coating, we must have heard this a lot of times, how is it done and what change could it bring, to answer these questions, we take a step by step look at the whole process as it is done on a Yamaha Fazer. First of all, Teflon as you have heard is basically a new age material that’s been used in everything from frying pans to space shuttles. It’s been making its way into paints and other surfaces as a protective agent in recent times. The name was coined by the world’s second largest chemical company, DuPont who is the inventor of certain symbolic products like Kevlar, Lycra and Neoprene.

In India, dealers of DuPont undertake Teflon coating for bikes and cars, DuPont is the main supplier of this chemical which can only be obtained by a dealer. It’s basically a whitish liquid that looks a bit like starch. Even though it is done all over the country, prices aren’t cheap, a litre of this chemical would set you back by nearly 4,500 Rupees. For coating a bike though, you wouldn’t need that kind of quantity.

The price for getting your bike Teflon coated varies from city to city typically around 450-600 Rupees; we managed to get the Yamaha Fazer coated for about 550 Rupees, and that included polishing of the non painted areas like the mudguards and the insides of the fairing. So on other smaller bikes; you could get it done for less than that. It doesn’t matter if your bike is new or old, as long as it is polished before Teflon is coated, the bike can really shine.

Here’s the whole process, done by a DuPont authorized centre, step by step:

Washing

This is the first step, the painted areas and the plastic parts like mudguards, speedometer etc are washed with a mild shampoo to make them free of dirt and dust, the surfaces are then wiped and dried. This is done so that the paint remains free of dust particles once the coating is applied. A soft cloth is used to make sure no unwanted scratches are also caused so as to ensure maximum quality.

Polishing

This step involves the application of polish on the painted surfaces. Typical car waxes and polishes are used in this step and in this case, 3M Car Wax. This is done so that once the paint has maximum possible shine and gloss before it is coated with Teflon.

This process can make dull paints look significantly brighter. Older bikes would have a much better appearance once this step is done. Differences are noticeable on shades like black which visibly fade easily and are the hardest to maintain.

Teflon Coating

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.

When the drops of Teflon dry up, it bonds to the surface, this is when the people start to use another piece of dry cotton to massage it onto the surface and turn It into another layer of a transparent, shiny coating. This can be quite laborious as a lot of effort is required; which is why at some centers polishing equipment is used. Once signs of the drops have disappeared, it is wiped once again with a clean cloth to make it free of any residue or dust.

The polishing of other plastic parts is done using a typical liquid car-dashboard polish. This brings out the shine in the non shiny parts and can leave the bike looking better than what it was when it came out of the showroom.

For the Fazer, the results were amazing, the paint had a really vibrant gloss and it looked much like a mirror. It looked much better than what it was like when it was new.

Differences:

  • Even though the bike was brand new, just having run 1,200Km, the paint became much more glossy and shiny. It actually looked better than what it was like in the showroom.
  • The new coating is claimed to offer minor scratch resistance, one hard swipe of the finger-nails across the surface can prove that. The paint surface seems to have become a little bit more slippery and tough.

Things to remember:

  • Once the coating is done, it is advised by the centers not to use soap or other detergents on the paint as this can reduce the thickness of the coating. They recommend the use of Ph-neutral shampoo which is essentially car-shampoo that you can buy from any car-accessories stores.
  • Teflon coating can recover faded paints but it has its limits. It cannot completely remove scratches, the swirl marks on the surface is reduced considerably after the entire process. If you simply want to recover faded paint, just use car waxes made by 3M, Formula1, Prestone, or any other major brand. Scratches can also be taken care of by using Scratch Out, from Formula 1 which is a liquid rubbing compound.
  • The whole process takes just around 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the bike.
  • Be sure to bargain with the dealer as they can be quite inconsiderate. The dealer initially quoted 750 Rupees for the job, which I promptly refused, a few minutes of bargaining and the price was brought down to just 550.
  • The dealer has also given us a guarantee of one year that the paint would not fade as long as the instructions are followed.

There you go, the Teflon coating process, explained! :)

Regards,
Arun

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Pratham February 13, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Nice article.. Thank You

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anjan February 13, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Is it advisable to do Teflon coating just after purchasing the bike or should one do it when the bike gets old?

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Deepak February 14, 2010 at 9:47 am

Anjan, they say that the dust won’t stick to the surface if teflon coating is done. I did it for my car within 1 month of its purchase. But think twice before spending. I did teflon coating for my 5 yr old Karizma and now it shines as good as new. Either way, the vehicle would look great after the teflon coating!

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sanat October 20, 2010 at 8:51 am

Hello Deepak! Today i m very much disturbed,today morning when i went out 4 gymming i saw some scratches in front side of my front mud guard (hunk bike)..so i need ur help means i wanna know the process 2 remove the scratches as its making my new bike looks odd..plz reply me soon ..waiting 4 ur ans…

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Neel February 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm

hey can this coating be done by us at our place? and how much would a bottle of the coating for bikes would cost and where can i get that, any specific store or shop??

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Arun February 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm

No you cant purchase the bottle, only dealers are allowed to do that. You can however, get it done at a DuPont authorized centre.. They do it the way it should be done, so its really worth the money..

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fas February 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm

This is a very debatable topic, to do or not to.

Anyways fantastic article there Arun.

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MUQIT February 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm

tnks fr bringing ths product in ind, i will gt it 2day itslf

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Maitrey Marfatia March 12, 2010 at 11:40 pm

thanks……for explaining the hole process….very helpful…
and i heard abt some cheap chemical is used by some centres.
bcoz here in patan,gujarat.the local bajaj dealer costed 280 rs for teflon coating from my friend….
so how do i know that the chemical used by them is not cheap?

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DD March 14, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Im planning to buy a new bike. The dealer told me that the new bike(GS150R) is teflon coated and so i dont need to do it for 6 months. Another dealer offers teflon coating as a part of the package. Can anyone confirm this?

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kedar April 7, 2010 at 1:18 am

Thanx arun for the effort and time …

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jitz May 24, 2010 at 4:05 pm

i feel my bikes outer enamel layer or the clear coat is losing its integrity by thinnin or erosion, due to harsh weather conditions of maharashtra. Bcuz after a wash the paint goes dullish pale. I havent dared to wash after observing this, bcuz it would hurt me again to see it. lol

i wanted to teflon coat, hopefully to restore the exterior. So should i do some remedy for the enamel coat first and then teflon it? Or does the teflon coat also compensate for the clear coat protection of the paint?

i have cherry red r15.

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Kola.Shiva Rama Krishna June 9, 2010 at 1:22 am

The tips are very useful for Bike & Car Lovers , owners…..spoon feeding tips….for allllllll…

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vijay August 6, 2010 at 12:53 pm

its nice article.

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adarsh October 24, 2010 at 2:58 pm

does coating a bike with teflon has any side effect on the paint

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hemant reddy November 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm

it is nice to know for teflon coating in bikes

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sooraj November 23, 2010 at 2:43 am

thax man!!!!!
4 givn dis nice advice……..
after all every live their bike more then anything and i also do d same..
thank u once again………

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Govind November 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Hi, Nice article and useful.. I wanted to do a coating for my car. can you please give me the address of the service centre where you got it done.

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Muni November 27, 2010 at 7:06 am

I have recently done it for Passion Pro in the show room. They charged me about 300 bucks and 1 year warranty and another free coating after 6 months. I think as they are show room guys, its another way to attract customers I guess. I will have to see how far the coating saves the bike from the dust and water etc., But after coating the Bike Looks Awesome.

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Shai February 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Hi Muni,
I bought a bike 1 month before and want to do teflon coating. Could you provide the show room name and address as you got a great deal for coating the bike.

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Prasanjeet December 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Hi Arun !!!
On what all surfaces are the waxes and teflon is to be applied?? because I see it is applied to you headlight plastics also. Ofcourse the guys over there will do it but what if someone doesn’t know the rules with a bike which is very different from a car Eg. you don’t wash the silencer, atleast you don’t put water in the silencer/exhaust so you cover ti up with plastic. but do the guys knows it..
Most of the times the cheap stupid mechanics even at showroom ignore such stuff, like for example while cleaning the bike pre-delivery or during services they don’t care as its not theirs and they are doing hundreds. So they don’t even use clean cloth. We have to pay for their silly & ignorant mistakes..

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Rajesh pawar February 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Dear Bike Advisor,

please tell me how can buy this product.
please send the dealer list. i leave Vasai

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Aravind kumar March 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Your attempt is really good one, but it fail describing the steps.
Please take my comments to improve yourself in posting.

Issues:
Little bit hard to understand some steps, like you are using wax how much?,in which direction applying? etc

I requesting you to update with following things please:
– List the required materials or things
– mention the brand name for wax and teflon + quantity
– In which motion it should be applied.
– How much time to leave to get dry.

Please I am waiting for you reply

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santosh April 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm

teflon is good for bike

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NITESH April 23, 2011 at 9:26 am

Dear Bike Advisor,

please tell me how can buy this product.
please send the dealer list. i leave VYARA DIS.TAPI GUJRAT

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Dinesh P May 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Hey Guyz…!!

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somik May 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Hi, Deepak…
Pls. let me know how can i remove the all scratches on my bike (yamaha fazer_black). i need your help.

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Anand June 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm

hi am anand and i own a yellow apache , i have some deep scratches on the tank .. is it possible to remove them by teflon coating

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mayank saini June 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm

can i purchase any taflon product from my city… if yes so what i will say from dealer for purchase taflon and which shop i will purchase taflon….

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Keshav July 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Dear Arun,

I really want to get teflon coating done but can’t find out a dealer in Delhi who can do it. Can you help?

Thanks anyway.
Keshav

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Santosh Balan July 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Can anyone give leads to where can I get TEFLON coating done for my Royal Enfield Bullet @ PUNE city ?

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Nanjundaiah July 29, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Hi, friends !!,

i had purchased Honda Unicorn 150 cc last maonth, when I went to First Service dealers insisted me to Do Teflon coating so I agreed and they had charged Rs.1950.. after coating I did not find any change in shining… after reading all your feedback I raelly got upset..

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dipakphatate October 3, 2011 at 11:53 am

pl.send a teflon coating price & shop,Delears,Agency Name Contact Number In Mumbai,Thane,Kalyan,Dombiwali

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amzad November 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm

dear plz pl.send a teflon coating price & shop,Delears,Agency Name Contact Number In KOTHAGUDEM,KHAMMAM,ANDHRAPRADESH,INDIA 507101

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dhanunjay November 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm

thanks for ur clear description

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dipankar January 31, 2012 at 8:25 pm

i m interested to teflon cotting busieness .. plzz tell us full details…

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Ashweej March 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Hi Arun, I have Pulsar 180cc UG4 2011 model. In a road accident due to front wheel skid, the headlight part got scratched on the right side and a minor dent on the petrol tank. I would like to know how we can fix the scratches on the headlight so that it looks almost similar to not having a scratch?
Please help!
Looking forward for your response, you can also reach me through email

Regards

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DivyaSudhakar March 24, 2012 at 4:38 am

Hi Deepak, Is it advised to have this done on a brand new bike??

My friend advised not to have it as it will reduce the quality of the paint job on the bike. I am getting a Honda Shine and have already paid for the job… I am confused, whether this will spoil my bike in anyway…

Please advise…
Regards,
Divya Sudhakar

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sachin July 8, 2012 at 8:21 am

where i can buy this stuff on online

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dhoom September 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

i will try it on my pulsar……….

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sandy September 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Hello
I wish to establish a teffflon coating sevicing centre in my area,can you guide me in any order.like
How to choose the polish ,as there are many polishes in market of various company ,
How to know the Prices of it ,i.e actual market price ,from where to buy it.

How to gain the customers satisfaction and increase the bussiness.
and many more tips.

Hope you will guide me .
Thanks & Regards.

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bright December 27, 2012 at 11:39 am

what about silicon cotting some people says this teflon cotting will damage quickly ,specialy under sun or temprature difference, some people suggest silicon glass coating any idea about that ,anyone can the details ? please

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teflon coating May 29, 2013 at 1:52 am

Telfon coating really enhance the overall look and increases its beauty also looks good like a new bike from show room it has some magical properties

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Ashish Mittal January 5, 2014 at 3:07 pm

how can i get teflan polish
please call me on my mobile no:-
093297-94969

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himanshu January 28, 2014 at 3:42 pm

how to remove taflon coating from byke

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