Ever bought a bike and found the inside of the petrol
tank was completely rusty?
Ever had your front brake master cylinder gum up with crud during
Do your carbs need an overhaul
because of white deposit buildup?
Cleaning - Bikes and Parts
Grease and Oil
Simple Green (Sunshine Makers, Inc.) is an excellent way to start cleaning
off general road grime or under-engine oil and grease. Spray it on, agitate with
an old toothbrush or similar soft-bristled, brush, then rinse off. They have
household, automotive and industrial versions of the original product.
To get rid of water droplets simply use an air hose and blow it away (but
take care not to catch the air hose nozzle on any painted surfaces!).
Rust and Crud
For petrol tanks and other large parts try Super
Iron Out (Iron Out, Inc.). This is a powder that you add to warm water - so
you can fill up a bucket and dip large parts in it. Leave them in overnight and
you'll be amazed at the result.
For smaller parts try Lime-A-Way (was produced by Reckitt Benckiser, plc) or Lime
Out Extra (Iron Out, Inc.). Leave them in for 30 minutes or so, then
rinse in warm water. Makes carbs look like new - but be careful about
leaving them in too long as the carb bodies may discolour. Try each part for 5 minutes at first to see the effect, then repeat
for a longer period if everything seems ok.
Cleaning and Polishing Chrome
Mother's Polish (Mothers®)
and Simichrome (Happich) seem to be perennial favourites.
Comments or Suggestions?
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