Parts cleaner

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Lil Earle, Jan 15, 2007.

  1. Lil Earle

    Lil Earle Sweatin, not scared

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    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.
    Thanks in advance
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  2. jtwind

    jtwind Wisconsin Airhead

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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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  3. comes naturally

    comes naturally renewed hope

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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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  4. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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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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  5. kz1

    kz1 Been here awhile

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    I like Simichrome or Mothers with 000 steelwool.
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  6. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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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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