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Degreasing Aluminum
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Deftquiver Offline
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Degreasing Aluminum
Hey Guys,

I know this is slightly off topic since no one's bike has developed enough grease to warrant this yet, but it's bound to happen at some point. How the heck do you degreas aluminum? Every forum post/article I see, has conflicting information out the wazoo.

One person recommends a product, and then the next post has someone with a horror story about said product causing oxidation/etching.

Does anyone know of a good product that is actually safe for degreasing aluminum?

Deft
05-14-2013 12:20 PM
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The ferret Offline
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RE: Degreasing Aluminum
If you are talking about on the motorcycle, I use S-100 or a product called Brite Wash made for washing motorcycles. If you are talking a specific concentrated grease area I will use wd 40 or contact cleaner even
05-14-2013 01:34 PM
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Deftquiver Offline
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RE: Degreasing Aluminum
Yeah, this is actually for my old 1980 XS650 which currently has the motor out of the frame... I figured it could be usefull here at some point though (Keep people from oxidizing their aluminum).

I'll probably see how far I can get with WD 40... since I'd be pretty comfortable putting that on just about anything.
05-14-2013 02:44 PM
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SUPERCRUZ Offline
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RE: Degreasing Aluminum
WD 40 on a soft shop towel or terry cloth rag works great for removing chain grease and brake dust on the aluminum rims.

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05-14-2013 02:47 PM
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RE: Degreasing Aluminum
WD40 with a Scotch Brite pad works well for a brushed finnish.
05-14-2013 08:06 PM
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RE: Degreasing Aluminum
(05-14-2013 08:06 PM)GSAviator Wrote:  WD40 with a Scotch Brite pad works well for a brushed finnish.

Be careful with a Scoth Brite pad as they will scratch polished metal and even chrome. Had a bad experience once with them.
05-15-2013 06:13 AM
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Deftquiver Offline
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RE: Degreasing Aluminum
Thanks guys. Does anyone have any experience with Mineral Spirits and aluminum?
05-15-2013 02:01 PM
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RE: Degreasing Aluminum
(05-15-2013 02:01 PM)Deftquiver Wrote:  Thanks guys. Does anyone have any experience with Mineral Spirits and aluminum?

I would not use Mineral Spirits If the aluminum is clear coated, you could use some Naptha. I use a bottle of Rosnol lighter fluid on painted and aluminum surfaces to remove grease and tar from my cars and bikes. Been doing this for years. Pick it up at your local CVS or drug store. It is essentially Naptha which can be used to clean all kinds of things from furniture to dress shoes. You will need to follow with a coat of wax after you use this stuff. Caution - Do not use this stuff on plastics or vinyl.

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