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    Cleaning -- Supplies and Techniques

    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.

    Dean
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    Re: Cleaning -- Supplies and Techniques

    What is the surface finish? Chrome, bare aluminium?

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    Re: Cleaning -- Supplies and Techniques

    Quote Originally Posted by Budster 95 View Post
    What is the surface finish? Chrome, bare aluminium?
    Pretty sure the gear case cover is aluminum. Definitely not chrome
    "A bike on the road is worth 2 in the shed"

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    Re: Cleaning -- Supplies and Techniques

    Maybe try some good old brake clean. Not the new environmentally friendly stuff.

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    Re: Cleaning -- Supplies and Techniques

    Carb cleaner works real good on engine gas stains. Keep it off the paint.
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    Re: Cleaning -- Supplies and Techniques

    Spray Nine works great too.

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    Re: Cleaning -- Supplies and Techniques

    I love it when my bike is clean. (:
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    Re: Cleaning -- Supplies and Techniques

    When mine are dirty I am pretty happy because that means I have been riding it.
    1934 Chief project
    1941 Chief
    (2) 1941 Sport Scout projects
    1941 Four
    1946 Chief
    1947 Chief project
    1948 Chief project
    1949 mod 149 Arrow
    1949 mod 249 Scout
    1951 mod 251 Warrior project
    1953 Chief
    1958 Indian badged Royal Enfield Patrol.
    1960 G12 Matchless
    2002 FLHT Harley
    1930 Indian 101 Scout
    1946 Chief with sidecar
    1980 Honda CBX 1000
    1975 Honda Gold Wing

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