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    Alloy polish

    What do people use to keep their alloy from going oxidised please?

    Autosol is ok for bright polished aluminium, like the wheel rims and rocker covers, but what do you do to keep the engine block and front facing cover clean? How do you keep the bits between the fins clean? And the hubs and the cast bits between the spokes. Struggling to keep the dirt at bay, not muddy puddles dirt either, just sat dirt seems to be accumulating between visits under the cover!

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    I clean with a paint brush, water and car wax shampoo. If it's really dirty I use Rhino Goo fast action cleaner http://www.rhinogoo.co.uk/products/ first then wash with the paint brush and shampoo.
    Post-wash, it's a bit of Scottoiler ACF 365 sprayed on and wiped off.
    My 21-year-old K1200RS is still very tidy with this approach.
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    Paraffin and a stainless scrubber,
    Old tooth brush in the hard to get to bits.
    WD40 works well too
    overland and classic

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    Contains a wax to delay oxidisation
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    I have used alloy wheel cleaner in the past.

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    Thanks guys, lots to ponder.....

    Where do stainless scrubbers come from? Are they for kitchen pans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Rat View Post
    Thanks guys, lots to ponder.....

    Where do stainless scrubbers come from? Are they for kitchen pans?
    Yep,standard supermarket fare.
    overland and classic

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyboy View Post
    Yep,standard supermarket fare.
    Thanks Mikey. I will see if we have one under the sink and sneak it out!

    Paraffin isn't easy to find either. I have got some left over, proper Esso Blue it is, in a Duckhams 'tin', not plastic 1 gallon oil drum. I can still hear the advery for it Bom,bom,bom,bom. Esso Blue! From when it was all I had to cook on and heat the house, other than an open fireplace in the kitchen/diner/lounge in the farm cottage. One of those Aladdin tall paraffin heaters.

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    Mothers aluminium polish works well on exhausts as well cheap and goes a long way

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    What if the alloy is already oxidised?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tbolt View Post
    What if the alloy is already oxidised?
    Mikeyboy'sAquablaster, a brilliant product, Trouble is you cant get it in the supermarkets,

    I think it comes in a gazillion gallon box, there is a place Melton Mowbray who is a stockist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyboy View Post
    Paraffin and a stainless scrubber,
    Old tooth brush in the hard to get to bits.
    WD40 works well too
    Yup. WD40, wire wool, and elbow grease.

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    I will look up the aqua blaster.

    Can the engine stay in the frame?


    Regarding wire wool ere Brillo pads ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tbolt View Post
    I will look up the aqua blaster.

    Can the engine stay in the frame?


    Regarding wire wool ere Brillo pads ok?
    Yup...

    As with any cleaning product - try an unobtrusive area first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AberdeenAngus View Post
    Yup...

    As with any cleaning product - try an unobtrusive area first.
    Thanks

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    Watch if using a brillo type pad if its ferrous, as the particals get ground into the alloy and will leave rusty stains. Using stainless pads etc is no problem.

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