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Offline edger

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engine /alloy cleaner
on: 09 March, 2020, 08:46:07 PM
Hi a bit of info please. what is the best alloy cleaner /restorer to spruce up a barn find Harley? she has been sat for 10 years and was a bit sad , but new plugs oil and filter and a starter rebuild has her up and running but the furry alloy is letting her down .
I don't want to spend weeks wearing out my fingers with Autosol I don't need  her pristine
just tidy
Any ideas?

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Re: engine /alloy cleaner
Reply #1 on: 10 March, 2020, 10:34:39 AM
I use the wadding stuff that used to be called Duraglit. You want the one for silver which is called “Silvio” and not the brass one.
I was watching something the other day and a guy was getting good results on pitted chrome by going over it with ordinary tin foil and water. I think the foil fills in the pitting. I haven’t actually tried this myself. Good luck and don’t spend too long cleaning it, Ride it  :001:

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Re: engine /alloy cleaner
Reply #2 on: 10 March, 2020, 05:37:50 PM
RIDE IT !!!
I nearly had a hernia putting it on the stand HEAVY OLD HOG! :mfrlol:
 

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Re: engine /alloy cleaner
Reply #3 on: 10 March, 2020, 06:28:45 PM
 :mfrlol:

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Re: engine /alloy cleaner
Reply #4 on: 10 March, 2020, 07:30:50 PM
Makes the biffer feel like a lightweight!

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Reply #5 on: 10 March, 2020, 08:42:37 PM
If the wheels are chrome it’s a specialist job to remove the chrome with muriatic acid then rechrome with electroplating. Powder coating can be 50/50 because they can’t always blast away the nickel plating underneath. Harley’s are basically all metal and can be restored one way or the other. Depends how much money you’ve got.

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Re: engine /alloy cleaner
Reply #6 on: 10 March, 2020, 08:59:00 PM
No the wheels are solid disc (no spokes)   they are meant to be a matt rough cast  with just a polished rim,
Its more the crusty engine cases/ barrels  that need attention a bit white and furry 
I have found a product called Alubrite deoxidiser that looks quite good

Spray /scrub /wash off REPEAT?

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Re: engine /alloy cleaner
Reply #7 on: 10 March, 2020, 09:18:57 PM
Nice, sounds like a Fat Boy. Micro mesh pads are the best metal polishers, together with autosol. Trick is using the right grade pad so you don’t scratch it too deep.

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Re: engine /alloy cleaner
Reply #8 on: 11 March, 2020, 08:21:58 PM
Spent the afternoon cleaning out the carb (again)
Now she runs fine
But picture this,  big twin on a hydraulic work bench jumping up and down like a excited puppy! everything in the workshop was rattling. tins falling off shelves, dust and various detritus swirling around in the exhaust tornado
AND LOUD  good job the neighbours were out :mfrlol:

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Re: engine /alloy cleaner
Reply #9 on: 10 June, 2020, 10:17:22 PM
Go very carefully so test a small part first, but have you tried Harpic Max 10 ? ( Yes the toilet cleaner )

Brush it on , leave for 3-5-10 minutes, rinse off. You can use one of those non scratch pan scourers if its well manky.

People have found many uses for it and its mustard on downpipes and the like.

Plenty of youtube videos on it if you are unsure to begin with.