Curious to know how often people clean their vintage iron and what products and techniques everyone finds most effective.
I usually spray down the engine area and tires with simple green, use a brush to dislodge any stubborn grease (especially on whitewall tires) then hose everything off. Mothers cream polish is my favorite stuff for any chrome or metal, as that tends to give me the best results. Stuff is like white cream gold though - expensive! I have some pre-wax cream which I use on the paint before applying a coat of wax, and that seems to work well too. I can't seem to find anything good for gasoline stains on my gearbox cover. Anyone have any tricks to get that yellow tinge off of there?
I definitely don't mind letting my bikes get dirty, and they do since I tend to ride them a lot, but they sure do catch an eye right after a good wash, wax and shine. Nothing like the "pop" of a freshly cleaned bike in the sun. Funny story -- I rode my 1958 Pan to an event where I bumped into a guy who had seen the bike many times before, but only well ridden and dirty. He ran over all excited thinking it was a new bike and asked me what it was, where I got it, etc. He even asked me if he could sit on it, which had never done. Funny what a little elbow grease will do.