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Old 04-28-2012, 11:25 AM   #16
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I can find oil leaks plenty good enough on clean bikes. I can also see cracks and other problems more clearly on clean bikes. It should be cleaned before you work on it anyway or a bunch of crap is going to get into everything plus make a mess of your work station. Good luck finding the little carb clip you just dropped on a dirty lift or floor. Working on dirty bikes just makes all kinds of trouble. That's why most all serious dirt bikes are cleaned spotless before maintenance. Like I said, go to any dirt bike national and look at them before the race. I have never seen anybody win on a bike that started the first moto or any other kind of race dirty. There are lots of good reasons for that.
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:39 PM   #17
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I use dish soap and water once a year on my R69S.

Before.



After.

That simple?
Whaddya use? Dawn?
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Old 04-28-2012, 05:24 PM   #18
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Minor Oversight

What Mr. nerd somehow omitted from his "cleaning instructions", was a mention of the hundreds of annual hours of elbow grease, gallons of WD40, dozens of old tshirts, cans of brake cleaner...
"Original Bike Spirits" is the new cleaner/polisher of choice... works on plastics too...
0000 grit bronze wool cleans alloy surfaces....

But airheads are beautiful by function, not form.
If you never ride it, it won't get dirty.

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Old 04-29-2012, 09:17 AM   #19
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Keep it simple....clean with your choice of cleaner. KrudKutter in this case, better than Simple Green.

After cleaning, or is it???...don't remember too many pics, but anyways was pretty bad. Even the sandblast wouldn't touch most of the black stuff.


After Rub'n'Buff, takes about 5-10 minutes to do the whole cover, dilute the Rub'n'buff with a little mineral spirits then paint it on.....no need to rub or buff.







This....just passed that on to a Motorcycle restorer friend of mine, he loves it. Pigment & Carnauba wax base, will protect as it fills the pores. Tough as hell, resists most chemicals, gasoline...brake cleaners and even the Mepp torch. I already did the testing.

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Old 04-30-2012, 08:30 AM   #20
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:01 AM   #21
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I use dish soap and water once a year on my R69S.

Before.



After.
What do you use to polish the stainless exhaust? Mine has some staining that metal polishes won't touch.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:54 AM   #22
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Comet kitchen cleanser works really nice on the sand-cast motor and hub parts. It's just abrasive enough to get things really clean, but won't leave scratches behind. I would not use it on die cast parts...and certainly not paint!
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:15 AM   #23
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After Rub'n'Buff, takes about 5-10 minutes to do the whole cover, dilute the Rub'n'buff with a little mineral spirits then paint it on.....no need to rub or buff.
That's crazy how well that worked. How much did you dilute the stuff and how long did that tube last?
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:16 AM   #24
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That's crazy how well that worked. How much did you dilute the stuff and how long did that tube last?
Crazy you say....I am taking some to work next time. Lots of Alu to poolish there and they don't pay me overtime to do that ,as they should.

Dilution...very little maybe 2:10. Funny I even did the inside of the cover, poured some thinner in there and a blob of Rub'n'buff and kind of diluted as I went with the little paintbrush. No need to Rub or Buff.

I's say 3-4 tubes would do a whole bike.
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:54 PM   #25
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Where does one buy this miracle product.
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:00 PM   #26
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$5.99

http://www.amazon.com/Rub-n-Buff-Sil.../dp/B000FGEG86

or proabably at a local framing or art supply store since it is made for art frames
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:03 PM   #27
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Where does one buy this miracle product.

Ebay, or your local arty farty craft shop. It really is makeup for motorcycles!
A tube is thumb size and just one tube should cover 20 sq feet (I think it was feet, not yards)
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:25 PM   #28
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Anyone have suggestions for a good cleaner for the instrument housing? trying to clean it really good before fixing lenses and . . . acetone is NOT good for cleaning the old glue and stuff off (don't ask how I know) it appears to stain the case pretty badly.

This is an awesome thread by the way . . . should eventually end up as a sticky along with the "dark arts of parts." Perhaps the "white magic of cleaning tricks for your airhead."
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:45 PM   #29
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Where does one buy this miracle product.
Micheals Arts and Crafts...

Original Bike Spirits will clean and polish the rest
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:38 AM   #30
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Original Bike Spirits will clean and polish the rest
This product used to be Honda Spray Polish, but then there was some changes.

Anyway the new CARB formula isn't as good as the older formula, but it still is one of the best of the spray on wipe off deals,

I've found that it doesn't work very well on cast parts especially the rougher the casting.

But I use it, WD40, Dawn dish soap in a spray bottle and I've been known to use some mild acid wheel cleaners to clean up the cases and wheel hubs, just make sure you don't leave it on very long, it works much better for more short applications then one longer one. I also use Solvall or some such polish in a toothpaste like tube, that has ammonia and jewelry rough in it. For paint work I use straight up basic no frills (like cleaner or polish) yellow liquid wax.

Also I've had good luck using silver paint spread on the surface and then wiped off lightly, the paint fills the low spots and smoothing out the finish and making it easier to clean later on.
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