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Old 02-20-2015, 06:00 PM   #1
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JJV'S to Clean Aluminum

Anyone tried "JJV's Best" aluminum cleaner on engine cases, hubs, rims and spokes?

www.JJVsbest.com
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:48 AM   #2
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No experience with the product personally. It says for use on raw aluminum only- not polished or anodized. I'd try to get a hold of an MSDS first
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:56 PM   #3
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Old 02-25-2015, 03:54 PM   #4
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Anyone tried "JJV's Best" aluminum cleaner on engine cases, hubs, rims and spokes?

www.JJVsbest.com

Havn't used that one, but tried Caswells aluminium brightener.

The JJV video is well done but the treated surface looks silver compared to the untreated which appears to be shiny.

http://youtu.be/ZfSj_PCiU7Q


This is Caswells but went over it with a (hand) brass bristle wire brush and usual scrubbing followed by WD40.




These were brass bristle wire brush only as were the cases, besides scrubbing with hot soapy water.

The Norton here is the brush only followed by CRC808 silicone spray wiped until the surface is clean.



This is pretty much the same thing bar 0000 steel wool and WD40 in the confined spaces.



This was the same combination but tried the power wash with detergent canister attached.
What it doesn't show is, what I thought was a weak mixture made for a lot of foam and the look on SWMBO's face when she came out to investigate.







Depends what you want to do, what the surface finish is and if it is coated already.
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So only the part in the top picture had the Caswell's on it? They all look great, and I like not having to worry about the odd glass bead floating around inside.
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Old 02-26-2015, 06:07 AM   #6
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Appreciate everyone weighing in. Great, clear pics, most helpful.

I want to clean and brighten the stock wheel hubs in situ on my 68 BMW R60/US, will Caswell harm rubber, plastic or painted surfaces?

Please, where is Caswell sold? Thanks!
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Is vapor blasting not an option for long-term durability?
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Old 02-26-2015, 04:10 PM   #8
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Is vapor blasting not an option for long-term durability?
Vapour blasting looks pretty for want of a better word but leaves a silver sheen which is nothing like the as cast look.
I had a Triumph TR5T cylinder head done, nice but those are the cases up the page, the manually done cases look better (imo) than the prissy head.

Vapour blasting according to the venders closes the pores or some such thing making them easier to keep clean.
Its not a as cast look though, but you drop it off, pick it up, the alternative is labour intensive.

Caswells have a US website, not sure about spraying it on an assembled wheel unless it was hosed off within 30 seconds, if the surface grayed what then.
http://www.caswellplating.com/

Is there really a spray on and get a as cast shine, think not. ?
The first picture I posted of the Sunbeam final drive was with Caswells, there is a small cap that fixs to the left hand side which I noticed yesterday when assembling it is still untreated (and gray looking)
I will give that cap a spray today and report back with pictures.
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Old 02-26-2015, 08:21 PM   #9
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"Aluminum brightener" is usually some form of acid. I've got five gallons of the stuff here, you dilute it with water and use it for cleaning aluminum truck wheels and other parts. I tried some on some old Honda crankcase halves, it turned everything dark grey in color. Apparently Japanese cast aluminum is some kind of alloy, not pure aluminum, and the acid wash cleaning solution reacts with it.
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Old 02-26-2015, 08:33 PM   #10
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Somebody on here was just recently talking about this stuff:

https://www.swishclean.com/product.h...IONS_INDUSTRIA

I want to give it a try.
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Somebody on here was just recently talking about this stuff:

https://www.swishclean.com/product.h...IONS_INDUSTRIA

I want to give it a try.
This is interesting. It's diluted sodium metasilicate, which sounds better than acid but I have no idea how it would work on motorcycle alloys. It's used in fracking fluid. That's why I recommended that the OP consult an MSDS prior to using. Like someone else rightly said, alloys will react differently than pure aluminum. Keep in mind, that many of these do a good job cleaning, but offer little long-term surface protection
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This is interesting. It's diluted sodium metasilicate, which sounds better than acid but I have no idea how it would work on motorcycle alloys. It's used in fracking fluid. That's why I recommended that the OP consult an MSDS prior to using. Like someone else rightly said, alloys will react differently than pure aluminum. Keep in mind, that many of these do a good job cleaning, but offer little long-term surface protection
HA HA HA HA HA he said fracking fluid.
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I bought some stuff from our local powerwash dealer that contains sodium metasilicate. We use it in our shop to degrease heavy equipment, dilute it a little more for general washing. It's a base solution, so you spray the aluminum cleaner on the wheels etc. first then neutralise it with the cleaner when you clean the paint.
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