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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 4:45 pm Thread Starter
 
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Appreciate the help, but did it actually hurt me?

I rode over to my folks' house early this morning and hit the hay as I had been up all night and then rode 3.5 hours to get there. When I woke up, my dad was excited to show me my bike. He's always mentioning how clean it would look if I used aluminum wheel cleaner on the bits. I woke up and he had done exactly that. The wheels, gearbox, and accessible motor parts had all been hit with that stuff. I didn't say anything (what's the point?) but I'm a little pissed as road grime doesn't bother me and hey, it's my damn bike. Is there any kind of protective coating that is now gone? This is an 87 K100LT. He also did it around the rear throttle bodies and then sprayed water. WTF?????? :wtf I really don't care about dirt as long as the bikes not a filthy mess.

Can you tell he's a former Harley owner?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 23rd, 2007, 5:13 pm
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 24th, 2007, 3:24 am
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Find out what stuff he used first. If it hasn't damaged the finish and just made the bike clean, invite your buddys over and your dad could make a few dimes!

He thought he was helping and did it from the heart so you can't be too hard, but find out what the stuff was. If it was a detergent based oil remover it would probably be OK, if it was anything with solvent in it it possibly not.

I'm presently trying to strip BMW finish from parts like the gearbox and rear housing due to salt water damage and I can tell you I'm struggling to find anything that strips their finish. I'm not saying their paint is good, because it's so hard that if you get any water creep, the paint just holds together with the metal underneath corroding to white powder. In the short time he used the stuff you may have lost a bit of the surface lacquer shine, but I doubt if you'd get much serious damage. I think their paint may be epoxy, but I'm not sure. They don't appear to use the usual base coat etch primers.



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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 24th, 2007, 12:47 pm
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If its an acid base cleaner your probly ok.......but if you want to get a good protector for your paint ...get some "Liquid Glass" polish.....and give it a few coats...4 hrs between coats is best....the cleaner he used got right down to the paint surface....so think of it as a very clean suface to start with a great protector.......and shines like a diamond in a goats ass...and wipes off as slick as dog shit in wet grass.....Its the best Gerry....THE BEST!!
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The stuff was an acid-based aluminum cleaner for open-pore, uncoated, cast aluminum. These weren't painted parts. If there was any kind of protective coating, it's gone now. It's definitely cleaner. I agree that it was done out of kindness, but it's still a little frustrating. I wouldn't have dreamed of doing something like this to his Harley.

Incidentally, if you're looking to strip finish off, this stuff might work. It's NAPA brand aluminum wheel cleaner.
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The stuff was an acid-based aluminum cleaner for open-pore, uncoated, cast aluminum. These weren't painted parts. If there was any kind of protective coating, it's gone now. It's definitely cleaner. I agree that it was done out of kindness, but it's still a little frustrating. I wouldn't have dreamed of doing something like this to his Harley.

Incidentally, if you're looking to strip finish off, this stuff might work. It's NAPA brand aluminum wheel cleaner.
Perhaps you should wash his Harley, using a steel brush and a cleanser like Comet or other abrasive. He might get the point...

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Just browsing the forums here.

I agree with BAK04GT that Liquid Glass is the BEST. Well at least their instructional videos.

http://www.liquidglass.com/media/INSTRUCTIONAL.wmv

Hope your bike is still OK.

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