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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 the winter?

Do your carbs need an overhaul because of white deposit buildup?

Cleaning - Bikes and Parts

(product links last checked on 18-APR-2019)

Grease and Oil

Simple Green
(Sunshine Maker's, 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 Iron OUT (Summit Brands). 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 (Reckitt Benckiser) or Lime OUT (Summit Brands). 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

Autosol (Autosol LLC), Mother's Polish (Mothers® Polishes•Waxes•Cleaners, Inc.) and Simichrome (Happich GmbH.) seem to be perennial favourites.

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