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1Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Cleaning? on Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:15 pm

tjh1985

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Any suggestions on the best way to clean the dirt and grime and grease off the stock chrome (notbeven sure its crome, but the silver parts like in tge picture)?

Thanks for any proven solutions/tips

Thomas

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2Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:12 am

Two Wheels Better

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Topic moved from K Bike Registry - K100 to something more appropriate.


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1987 K100RS, '89 K100 w/K1100RS engine, '93 Framed K11/K12 engine 'Big Block', '96 K1100RS, '09 K1300GT, '07 K1200R, '95 R100 Mystic & '77 R75/7.

    

3Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Cleaning on Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:32 am

norton71

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Ask Charlie99 he is an expert at cleaning/polishing aluminum or aluminium depending on where you live . Very Happy

    

4Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:46 pm

chris846

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scrub/wire brush/alloy wheel cleaner/scouring pad/abrasive cream kitchen cleaner/dremel....

all of that until you're satisfied, and then apply a product called Rub n Buff, which is a type of silver wax polish that, although it is made for putting an antique silver finish on wooden furniture etc, works very well on the bare ally, and seems to fill and protect the pores...and is very durable.

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Of course, this will not work on Aluminum, whatever that is...


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5Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Cleaning on Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:55 pm

norton71

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Aluminum and aluminium are two names for element 13 on the periodic table. In both cases, the element symbol is Al, although Americans and Canadians spell and pronounce the name aluminum, while the British (and most of the rest of the world....i.e the sensible ones ) use the spelling and pronunciation of aluminium. Very Happy

    

6Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:02 pm

chris846

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Love it
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7Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Cleaning on Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:15 pm

norton71

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We used to have a cream product here in Aus called Goddards Glow which was great for polishing alloy on Triumph/BSA casings. The smell of it on a hot engine on a warm summer night combined with petrol and oil odours would be worth bottling. (with a wee dram of Castrol R mixed in of course)

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8Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:34 pm

92KK 84WW Olaf

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@norton71 wrote:We used to have a cream product here in Aus called Goddards Glow which was great for polishing alloy on Triumph/BSA casings. The smell of it on a hot engine on a warm summer night combined with petrol and oil odours would be worth bottling. (with a wee dram of Castrol R mixed in of course)

cheers

We used to have that here, it was for polishing silver tableware. Different times but I remember Goddards always came out for special occasions when I was young.


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Alaska Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 58,645 now91,850 miles
1983 K100RS 0011175 Fricka 29,495 miles Damn K Pox
    

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Point-Seven-five

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@norton71 wrote:We used to have a cream product here in Aus called Goddards Glow which was great for polishing alloy on Triumph/BSA casings. The smell of it on a hot engine on a warm summer night combined with petrol and oil odours would be worth bottling. (with a wee dram of Castrol R mixed in of course)

Castrol R wafting on a warm Sunday breeze. I'm pretty sure that's what heaven smells like.


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Present:
1994 K75RT
1991 K100RS

Past:
1994 BMW K75S
1992 BMW K100RS
1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175
    

10Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:57 pm

duck

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Just a side note but you might want to replace that rear resevoir with one that mounts up under the right rear of the relay box. There's is space for it there. All you need is a screw, the mounting clip and the newer style reservoir. It hides up under the side/battery cover and won't get cracked from UV exposure.

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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

11Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:50 pm

tjh1985

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You guys are fantastic! Although I’m pretty sure something gets ruined if I pull out a Dremel because I have no idea how that gets used in the project.

Regarding the spelling of Aluminum - I can’t spell very well so I’m thankful it has multiple ways it can be spelled - better odds I’ll get it right!

Duck! You’re the man for suggesting I move the reservoir...if I shared more pics I bet you’d have me re-rebuilding the entire bike again.

T

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12Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:52 pm

tjh1985

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@chris846 wrote:scrub/wire brush/alloy wheel cleaner/scouring pad/abrasive cream kitchen cleaner/dremel....

all of that until you're satisfied, and then apply a product called Rub n Buff, which is a type of silver wax polish that, although it is made for putting an antique silver finish on wooden furniture etc, works very well on the bare ally, and seems to fill and protect the pores...and is very durable.

Cleaning? 00513

Of course, this will not work on Aluminum, whatever that is...


Chris - do happen to have anything written down in terms of the steps to take with all items you mentioned?

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13Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:16 pm

Point-Seven-five

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Something I found to be good for aluminum is 0000 Bronze wool. Don't use steel wool because it sheds tiny bits of steel that will rust when they get wet.

Just go over the surface with a bit of dry wool until you get the amount of shine you want.

There are small stainless steel wire wheels and brushes made for Dremel type rotary tools. They work really well for getting into nooks and crannies where nothing else will fit.

Be aware that some parts that look like natural finish aluminum may have a clear coat on them that can be hard to remove and messy looking if not totally removed.


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Present:
1994 K75RT
1991 K100RS

Past:
1994 BMW K75S
1992 BMW K100RS
1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175
    

14Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:35 pm

MartinW

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+1 on Gryphs don't use steel wool but you can get stainless steel wool. You can also get brass wire wheels. Unless you want to deposit small particles of steel on your job it is best not to use brushes, Brass or stainless steel that have been previously used on steel.
Regards Martin.


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15Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:39 pm

chris846

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"Chris - do happen to have anything written down in terms of the steps to take with all items you mentioned? "


Yep.


Step 1: Build shed/workshop well away from nuisance family members
Step 2: Make cup of coffee
Step 3: Add whisky to coffee (or whiskey - just as good)
Step 4: Tune radio to Classic FM, or Planet Rock depending on mood
Step 5: Sit on high chair/barstool next to bench
Step 6: clean engine/gearbox/swingarm etc


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16Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:00 pm

Two Wheels Better

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I'd add a Step 7 which would be to keep door locked securely from inside.

Don't want anyone pinching our whiskey.
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1987 K100RS, '89 K100 w/K1100RS engine, '93 Framed K11/K12 engine 'Big Block', '96 K1100RS, '09 K1300GT, '07 K1200R, '95 R100 Mystic & '77 R75/7.

    

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Woodie

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As I well thought - the above 7 steps are written into the K owner DNA. We pass our time this way because it is in our blood. An addendum to Step 4: play/stream 'Whiskey (the album) by Joey Landreth.


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18Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:27 pm

Two Wheels Better

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I will add, the sharing of whiskey whilst enjoying music and twirling spanners with like-minded K tragics is acceptable. For those the door requires no security.



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1987 K100RS, '89 K100 w/K1100RS engine, '93 Framed K11/K12 engine 'Big Block', '96 K1100RS, '09 K1300GT, '07 K1200R, '95 R100 Mystic & '77 R75/7.

    

19Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:45 pm

Dai

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Or if you live here, you can always play 'Whiskey In The Jar' bounce

Careful when buying brass brushes. As often as not, they're a brass coating over steel wires.


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'83 K100 upgraded to K100RS spec
Others...
'78 Moto Guzzi 850-T3, '79 Moto Guzzi 850-T3 California,'93 Moto Guzzi 1100ie California,
'03 Suzuki Blandit GSF600SK3 (NFS any more because wifey has claimed it)
    

20Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:00 pm

duck

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I use Gunk Engine Brite Degreaser and a scouring sponge to clean center stands, transmissions and swing arms when I do spline lubes. It doesn't get stuff "charlie99 clean" but it does a good job without attacking the black painted parts or the clear coat used on K1100s.


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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

21Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:12 pm

MartinW

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+1 Dai if they are not specifically marked as brass they will be brass coated steel.
Regards Martin.


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22Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:41 pm

duck

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@Dai wrote:Careful when buying brass brushes. As often as not, they're a brass coating over steel wires.

Wouldn't a magnet be a good way to check?


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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

23Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:33 am

MartinW

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Good idea Duck, but make sure it's not a brass magnet. Cleaning? 44271
Regards Martin.


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24Back to top Go down   Cleaning? Empty Re: Cleaning? on Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:24 pm

Dai

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Bit late when you've already opened the shrinkwrap.


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'83 K100 upgraded to K100RS spec
Others...
'78 Moto Guzzi 850-T3, '79 Moto Guzzi 850-T3 California,'93 Moto Guzzi 1100ie California,
'03 Suzuki Blandit GSF600SK3 (NFS any more because wifey has claimed it)
    

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