How do I clean the alloy castings

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How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby gezza47 » Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:36 pm

Like the fork/caliper mounts, triple clamps and footpeg carrier assemblies etc?

tried wd40 and little toothbrush, sort of effective but hard work and it seems the cleaning fluid the hand car wash folks used is pretty effective but now sort of have streaks/runs on the front brake carrier/casting.

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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby JohnJJr » Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:04 am

Simple Green works great .

spray it on - use a paint brush to scrub it around and hose off .

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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby gezza47 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:05 am

hah, thanks. Stone polish?

I used to use in NZ this pasty/gel stuff called quick n brite I think. that would get anything off anything.
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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby rocketchick » Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:44 pm

I use Pro Honda Spray on my entire bike, it works wonderfully. It also loosen the dead bugs. Great product i recommend. :D

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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby Petesbandit1200 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:06 pm

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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby gezza47 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:45 pm

I use muc off, doesnt clean the casting like the stuff the car wash people use
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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby Colonel_Klinck » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:50 pm

gezza47 wrote:I use muc off, doesnt clean the casting like the stuff the car wash people use


I've tried a few things and have yet to find anything that cleans the cast bits :evil: I'll give that Honda stuff a try. Wish I know what the local pro bike cleaner uses as he gets them looking mint! Puts whatever it is in plain bottles though so you can't tell. No fool that dude.
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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby gezza47 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:51 pm

the car wash folks wouldn t tell me either. It cleans the mankiest allow wheels , though they do use a waterjet to hose off, but my castings still has runs down them from the spray they used
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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby indy84 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:07 pm

i hear hard work and elbow grease is good :mrgreen:
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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby gezza47 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:18 pm

hush. i did, with a toothbrush. anything more would abrade the kind of sand cast finish no?
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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby JohnJJr » Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:08 am

gezza47 wrote:hush. i did, with a toothbrush. anything more would abrade the kind of sand cast finish no?


I don't know but - for a while i was using Armorall to clean things ( still do ) as i wipe my bike down after every ride , but it doesn't leave a spick and span finish on the castings. I then used Simple Green and it takes that road grease off and leaves what looks to me like a mint finish on the castings . And super easy to use. Anyone else using simple green ???

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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby Bert » Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:03 am

They probably use wheel cleaner. Basically, it's an acid.

When I was a student I worked weekends and vacations at a carwash.
Every couple of weeks I could throw my working trousers away because there were holes in them. These were caused by the mist that got on them while spraying the product on the wheels.
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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby MrZ32 » Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:29 am

i have found that turps and a toothebrush gets it all off
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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby SuperDooper » Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:45 am

Gunk and a toothbrush....... but clean the toothbrush after use as your wife will be able to taste it :lol:
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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby bmwdavid » Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:26 am

I use contact cleaner spray. Thev stuff from Honda or Yamaha works well. Either spray on a rag and dab/wipe or spray directly on the effected area and wipe or blow dry with air. Gotta work fast as contact cleaner will dry almost instantly.

Note this is for the alloy castings such as the lower fork/caliper housing, passenger foot peg brackets and main foot peg brackets.

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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby ktmguy » Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:57 am

Karcher sells a product that they reccomend with their waterblasters. It works really well and it smells a bit sour so Bert is probably right about that it contains acid.
When I worked for them we sold heaps to car detailers, that is probably similar to what they use.
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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby Stobie » Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:25 am

The axle clamps/caliper mounts and the triple clamps are forgings that are clear anodised; don't know about the footpeg mounts.

I would recommend against using anything acidic or alkaline on them. It will damage the anodizing if you leave it on just a little too long, and make them look like crap. Use a wheel cleaner that says on the bottle that it's made for aluminium wheels. Eagle 1 aluminium wheel cleaner does a good job.

I've had good luck using diluted (10:1 or weaker) Dawn dishwashing liquid on anything oily. Does a nice job of cleaning the chain.
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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby Superdan » Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:57 am

I use TFR (traffic film remover) http://www.eurochem.co.uk/products.php?categories_id=11 I use this to clean the brakes/forks/wheels/engine on my bikes (do not use on paintwork) use it with a toothbrush and you will see ehat it does. JUST MAKES SURE ITS NON CAUSTIC!

TRF is MucOff but better, less expensive AND NOT PINK.

If you go to your local lorry supply shop they sell 5 gallons of it for under 20 quid.

I wet the bike with a hose pipe, spray on TFR from a MucOff bottle, then jet wash it off. If you have a fancy jet wash you can spray it straight on with the water. Just make sure you get it all off.

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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby THEDUKE » Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:56 pm

SuperDooper wrote:Gunk and a toothbrush....... but clean the toothbrush after use as your wife will be able to taste it :lol:


GUNK! Works every time!
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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby BASH69 » Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:49 pm

gezza47 wrote:the car wash folks wouldn t tell me either. It cleans the mankiest allow wheels , though they do use a waterjet to hose off, but my castings still has runs down them from the spray they used


I used to have a vehicle valenting company in my early 20s, It will be an equivalent product to AutoSmarts Truck Wash and i wouldnt put that fookin stuff anywhere near my fookin bike :shock: (and i no its the same stuff as when the smell drifts into the car through the air vents it smells exactly the same! It will take the heaviest dirt and remove it, it will also slowly remove just about any finish youd care to mention! Highly corrosive as its just a light acid, AutoSmart would warn us not to get it on skin etc and on the odd occassion 1 of us did it would sting like fook!
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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby gezza47 » Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:20 pm

that sounds like it. for spot spraying its the daddy. I use mucoff too and that was the poor cousin
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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby JohnJJr » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:48 pm

Hey has anyone tried TSP .
some years ago i used it to clean the interior of an old ford falcon i had bought - stuff worked so good it even took the AGED look off the plastic handles and window openers.

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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby The Gin Reaper » Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:49 am

..... SDOC s100 motorcycle gel cleaner...... Once you try It you will never use anything else, great cleaning but leaves the engine casing looking good unlike others that make everything look dry and tired. It doesn't attack your hands, sticks to the bike as its a gel so doesn't run off and will even leave your chain sparkly if you use a brush.

Available from most bike shops (including hein gericke!..... Shameless I know!!)

http://www.hein-gericke.co.uk/s100-powe ... eaner.html
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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby gezza47 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:29 pm

Ill give that a go
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Re: How do I clean the alloy castings

Postby Peachy00 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 6:59 pm

I'll 2nd the vote for SDOC, use it myself.

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