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cleaning external carburettor body

PostPost by: RichC » Tue May 26, 2009 5:48 pm

just had a go with some dilute ammonia and it cleaned them up a treat . just ordered some aluminium cleaner from The Polishing Company - hope it does what it says on the website!
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PostPost by: Jason1 » Tue May 26, 2009 8:55 pm

Hi

Have you tried carb cleaner? I would be cautious about using anything that could damage the carb gaskets and seals.

gordonlund 's +2 always looks spotless under the bonnet, what do you use Gordon?

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PostPost by: fatboyoz » Wed May 27, 2009 10:11 pm

Rich,
Please keep us posted how you go with the cleaning.
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RichC wrote:just had a go with some dilute ammonia and it cleaned them up a treat . just ordered some aluminium cleaner from The Polishing Company - hope it does what it says on the website!
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PostPost by: Bruce Crowthorne » Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:44 pm

I had mine stripped, but found that cellulose thinners works a treat!
The thinners is cheap - buy it as "gun cleaner"
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PostPost by: RichC » Mon Jun 01, 2009 5:13 pm

thinners is ok if it's just oil based grime . I'm thinking more of the problem of oxidation/encrustation. Anyhow, just opened parcel & will give it a go in 5 mins
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PostPost by: dusty » Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:47 pm

I did mine with some aluminium cleaner I found in the shed with a skull and crossbones on it, don't think you can buy it any more though :shock:
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PostPost by: Jason1 » Tue Jun 02, 2009 7:02 pm

Hi

Halfords sell an aluminium cleaner it is in the motor bike section.

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PostPost by: AHM » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:25 pm

I'm looking for a product to brighten-up my carbs.

Has anyone sucessfully used one that can be purchased in the UK?

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PostPost by: martinbrowning » Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:56 am

Simon,
I use a cleaner called Alu, by a company called Belgom. Paul Matty stocks it. The oil pump and carbs came up very well, and the fuel pump shines almost like chrome.
Just my thought...

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PostPost by: AHM » Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:43 pm

Hi Martin,

Is it a polish or or a cleaner?

I'm trying to make thenm look as new rather than shiny.

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PostPost by: martinbrowning » Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:41 pm

Hi Simon,

Good point - on the tin it says that it is a product for cleaning AND polishing. Just lifted a sticky label and found that it is supplied by ABC supplies. Two web sites (currently down for overhaul): www dot picadoreng dot co dot uk and www cetempolishing dot co dot uk.
Phone 01472 824520.

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:57 pm

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PostPost by: theelanman » Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:08 pm

have you tried frosts?....
I get their stuff from time to time and its been very good....
although Ive not tried the Alu poish so I cant comment but I have used their polishing kits for other this to very good effect....

http://www.frost.co.uk/item_Detail.asp? ... =Alu-Magic (250ml)

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PostPost by: AHM » Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:13 pm

Thanks All,

These products sound similar - I've bought the Alu-Magic as it specifically states "desolves aluminium oxide"

Rather than asking and waiting I have decided to put it to the test - Lets see if it does what it claims! I'll take before and after photos.

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PostPost by: AHM » Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:56 pm

I noticed that Frosts also sell a liquid Aluminium cleaner. Did some research on aluminium brightners andnotice that they all have phosphoric acid as the "main" ingredient.

More research - so does Alloy wheel cleaner (which I had alresdy tried) so I guessed that industrial Alloy wheel cleaner would be a bit more potent and went and bought some!

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Top of the light patch is normal alloy wheel cleaner and the brighter bit is the industrial stuff.

Don't leave it on too long it doesn't get any brighter.
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