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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-14-2010, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning Aluminum

Any tips for cleaning and shining up the aluminum parts. ie fork tubes, rims, backrest, passenger peg brackets, etc.?
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Never Dull is a great cleaner. It is a wadding that you rub on what you are cleaning and then wipe off with a rag. It works great and can be bought at Wal Mart.

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I use Turtle Wax Premium Grade Chrome and Metal Polish. Works great; about 5 bucks at Wally World. Says "Restores Dull Aluminum" on the front, so it must be good, lol. It's worked well for me.

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I just got back from the Women Air Force Service Pilots museum in at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. They used never dull way back in the 40's. Heres a pic i took.

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I'll go along with the Nevr-Dull, its a kinda wadding type with a cleaner/wax in it... But aren't some of those things you listed clear coated and would need that removed...???
I've not used it that much on Alum. but used to use it as a cartridge neck cleaner/polish and it was very good on the brass...
I also learned while trying to reform some brass, that it would leave it slicker than snot on a door knob when polished, even better than some high quality lubes...
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Rub some dirt on it! Oh wait, that might not actually work here...

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I'll go along with the Nevr-Dull, its a kinda wadding type with a cleaner/wax in it... But aren't some of those things you listed clear coated and would need that removed...???
I've not used it that much on Alum. but used to use it as a cartridge neck cleaner/polish and it was very good on the brass...
I also learned while trying to reform some brass, that it would leave it slicker than snot on a door knob when polished, even better than some high quality lubes...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
Now I know I'm not as ahhhh seasoned as some other members but why would it be slicker on a door knob than saaaay, a window? What if its the same snot on both surfaces? And if it was there for a while, wouldn't it make a pretty serious adhesive? Perhaps I'm overthinking snot this morning.

You mean slicker than possum sh!t? Like using armorall on your seat? Ever make that mistake? I did. I'll never do that again! LOL!!
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I was always told it owl or ape sh!t on glass. But I know vaseline on a bathroom door knob is funniest thing I've seen.

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Thanks! Helpful as always. My buddy waxes his bike with Pig Snot! Ha Ha. I will run to the nearest Walmart and look for that stuff. I actually sanded off the clearcoat on my front rim. I couldnt clean it and thought it was oxidized. Just wont stay as clean looking anymore.
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??????? Seems like y'all ain't been around a lot, "younguns"...lol...
STOS is a real lube, as is snot on a door knob...lol...
They are used for 2 different purposes, STOS = Slicker Than Owl Sh!t ...
http://www.gamaliel.com/cart/product.php?productid=1576
http://www.sportingclays.net/forums/...467&messages=3
But snot on a door knob is for a completly different purpose, its to keep the kids out of the bed room at inappropriate times...lol... Don't need it much anymore at my age......
Have a good one...Tater...

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