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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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Re: engine /alloy cleaner
« 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: