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Old 01-15-2007, 07:03 AM   #1
Lil Earle OP
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Parts cleaner

What is the best stuff to clean parts with. I have found either it doesn't do nothing or is so caustic it eats up aluminum or paint. I have posted this here because you can't own an old bike and ride it unless you work on it.
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Old 01-15-2007, 07:22 AM   #2
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There's been few threads on this here so do a search. On my airheads some parts that easily remove, I've had bead blasted. Not perfect but looks pretty good. When it's a part that doesn't come off easily, I've used a citrus cleaner that I've bought in bicycle shops and green scotchbrite pads. I sometimes have to go over it a number of of times but it works and does start to bring back the very unigue original look of airhead aluminum castings. JT

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Old 01-15-2007, 08:58 AM   #3
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The whole bike?? Simple green cut a little more that 2 to1. Greasy parts? I like mineral spirits.
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Old 01-15-2007, 09:25 AM   #4
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Depends what you are cleaning. Castrol makes a good degreaser/cleaner, and Simple Green is good stuff and reasonably priced.
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Old 01-15-2007, 10:03 AM   #5
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I like Simichrome or Mothers with 000 steelwool.
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Old 01-15-2007, 10:17 AM   #6
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Don't forget to use the car wash if the bike drives, be careful to keep the spray away from stickers though.
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