Cleaning up my airhead

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by upsman, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. upsman

    upsman Been here awhile

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    I was curious what are the common cleaners, polishes, and waxes that are used to clean the bikes up.

    Thanks Greg
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  2. go gonzo

    go gonzo The Mustard of Pants

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    I've been using straight white vinegar in a spray bottle lately.
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  3. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

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    I use dish soap and water once a year on my R69S.

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  4. upsman

    upsman Been here awhile

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    wow nice bike and so far very simple solutions. Im just trying to clean the bike up a little. Thanks
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  5. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    When rebuilding my Bings, I was told to soak the parts in a Pine-sol and water solution. I tried it at a ratio of ~4:1 Pinesol. Worked wonders. Now I use Pinesol on all the greasy/dirty external parts of the R100.
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  6. upsman

    upsman Been here awhile

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    i have read that about the carb cleaning, i will try it with the rest . thanks
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  7. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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    No pressure washer!
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  8. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    I never used a pressure washer on my R90/6 but did use a regular garden hose. Recently when I rebuilt the front and rear wheels there was ample evidence of water having gotten inside. I think the garden hose might be too much too. Don't know how to be more careful. Maybe I should change the wheel seals more often than once every ten years. Do you think?
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  9. supershaft

    supershaft because I can

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    I have never tried Pine-sol.

    Pressure washer? I have used them all my life on motorcycles as have tones of others I know. As long as you mind what you are doing, they work great with no problems.

    I think soaking bare metal with WD40 and then washing with Simple Green works real well as long as you don't let the Simple Green dry on anything ever.
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  10. upsman

    upsman Been here awhile

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    i washed my dirt bikes for years with the pressure washer and never had a problem, i will try the wd40 and simple green trick as well thanks
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  11. limeymike

    limeymike Who Me?

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    I don't think you can say never use a pressure washer on a bike, just know what you are doing before you start.
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  12. supershaft

    supershaft because I can

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    I said real well. I meant better than anything else I have tried. Depending on how bad the metal is stained nothing works real well as far as I know excepting a bead blaster. I put one of those big, shallow drip trays underneath them and let the WD40 soak for a day or two with a extra squirt in between. I think it helps but I wouldn't bet on it. Good luck!
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  13. ignatz72

    ignatz72 call me iggy

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    Shout laundry spot remover works wonders on grease as it is a surfactant. Spray on, brush off. Don't let it dry, and try to avoid allowing it to soak on rubber, plastic, or paint.
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  14. bmwloco

    bmwloco Long timer

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    Simple Green, and a little Hydrogen Peroxide in a bottle for (10:1 H20/Hydrogen Peroxide) will clean most any bug juice off. Simple Green on a clean shop towel for the rest.

    Then again, I am not much of a shiner or polisher. It makes it easier to find oil leaks if they are dirty.

    YMMV.
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  16. supershaft

    supershaft because I can

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    I can find oil leaks plenty good enough on clean bikes. I can also see cracks and other problems more clearly on clean bikes. It should be cleaned before you work on it anyway or a bunch of crap is going to get into everything plus make a mess of your work station. Good luck finding the little carb clip you just dropped on a dirty lift or floor. Working on dirty bikes just makes all kinds of trouble. That's why most all serious dirt bikes are cleaned spotless before maintenance. Like I said, go to any dirt bike national and look at them before the race. I have never seen anybody win on a bike that started the first moto or any other kind of race dirty. There are lots of good reasons for that. :D
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    That simple?:clap
    Whaddya use? Dawn?:freaky
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    danedg Horizontally Opposed

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    What Mr. nerd somehow omitted from his "cleaning instructions", was a mention of the hundreds of annual hours of elbow grease, gallons of WD40, dozens of old tshirts, cans of brake cleaner...:wink:
    "Original Bike Spirits" is the new cleaner/polisher of choice... works on plastics too...:evil
    0000 grit bronze wool cleans alloy surfaces....

    But airheads are beautiful by function, not form.:freaky
    If you never ride it, it won't get dirty.

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  19. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Keep it simple....clean with your choice of cleaner. KrudKutter in this case, better than Simple Green.

    After cleaning, or is it???...don't remember too many pics, but anyways was pretty bad. Even the sandblast wouldn't touch most of the black stuff.
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    After Rub'n'Buff, takes about 5-10 minutes to do the whole cover, dilute the Rub'n'buff with a little mineral spirits then paint it on.....no need to rub or buff.:wink:

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    This....just passed that on to a Motorcycle restorer friend of mine, he loves it. Pigment & Carnauba wax base, will protect as it fills the pores. Tough as hell, resists most chemicals, gasoline...brake cleaners and even the Mepp torch. I already did the testing.:wink:

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