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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-26-2012, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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How Do You Clean the Outside of a Carb?

I have my carbs apart and fully cleaned and compressed air dried...the outside of the carbs look terrible and I wanted to give them a fresher look: I do not have an ultrasonic cleaner ( recommended on many forums): I was considering a soda blaster? Any and all recommendations ....Tnx
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Gumout carb and choke cleaner. Safe and has a tube for easy directing. Some use starting fluid (ether), but that can damage rubber and seals (although more effective).



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Gumout carb and choke cleaner. Safe and has a tube for easy directing. Some use starting fluid (ether), but that can damage rubber and seals (although more effective).
That's good to know Wolfie ! I will be pulling my engine Nov 3rd, (Head Gasket ?) carb inlet elbows (HD brass = $23.00) and Stator mod. Will clean up carbs while off.

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It depends on exactly what is on the outsides. If its just grime and dirt carb cleaner and a rag. If it is more severe (maybe the finish is wearing and stained) i use a toothbrush and some gas. Maybe a nice touch up paint.
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I would say it's stained....but what kind of paint would work on a carb?
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Check yer local dollar store...they often sell a set of 2 almost toothbrush sized brushes...one is steel, the other is brass (HarborFreight has em too)...real nice for cleaning.
In the old days, we put some kerosene in a Windex bottle, and sprayed that. Works fairly well, and its safe.
And I recommend against painting carbs, as it can bind linkages and clog tiny venting holes, etc.



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Check yer local dollar store...they often sell a set of 2 almost toothbrush sized brushes...one is steel, the other is brass (HarborFreight has em too)...real nice for cleaning.
In the old days, we put some kerosene in a Windex bottle, and sprayed that. Works fairly well, and its safe.
And I recommend against painting carbs, as it can bind linkages and clog tiny venting holes, etc.
Good point. Thats why whenever i paint any carbs ( I've done carbs for cars and bikes) i make sure to use some pinstriping tape to get inside any channels where moving parts ride. I also use toothpicks to plug any vents. Also dont paint any springs.

As far as what paint to use. I've used vht engine enamel, and duplicolor metalcast. Both kinds turn out well with a clear coat.
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you can also polish them up to look real good...

non VN carbs


I personally polished most of the aluminum on my ride...
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Nice polishing job....What kind of tools and time frame to get them looking like that???
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Knowin Slim, probably a hard winter with a lotta snow...lol...takes a lot of time to get em like that...I suggest using a Dremel...doing it by hand means complete disassembly too, and on the VN ya can only see 20% of the carbs.



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