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December 21st, 2006, 06:59 PM   #1
 
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Soot removal from aluminum

Ok, I got the rocker cover from HMS and, as clearly announced, it is black with soot from a fire that ravaged a Colorado dealership (there is a little bit of molten plastic from the tsnk.

Besides sand blasting, what do you suggest to remove soot from this aluminum cover?

Acid would eat the aluminum, so that is not going to work. Neither will oven cleaner. Aluminum hates it.

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December 21st, 2006, 07:09 PM   #2
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RE: Soot removal from aluminum

I recall Mr Lineawearver saying that the carbon deposits in a aluminum head can be removed from an exhaust port with water.Soot from a fire should also be carbon based,so water and a little elbow grease might work as well.Worth a try?
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RE: Soot removal from aluminum

it is the caustic from cleaners such as oven cleaners, Machine Dishwasher Detergents etc. that is the biggest concern with aluminium (and it is an alkali not an acid). You should be able to use normal/mild detergents. I suggest a hand wire brush might be the best alternative or a wire wheel even on a drill/grinder.
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LeFrog,

have you ever tried a product called 'Blitz' from a company called Chemtech, it is the same company that makes the well known CT18 Truck wash.

I have used it on plenty of alloys, ford cast alloy rocker cover, KX125 cylinder, and DID rims as well as normal alloy product like when I built my forkbrace.

you can dillute it as much as you like to allow it to be gentle on the metal, and with a bit of brushing, with a corse bristle brush or toothbrush, it should lift the crap off.

Id definately consider re facing the sealing surface of the cover with fine emery paper on a flat surface (glass).

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did you get the PM about the sidestand you are after??
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December 21st, 2006, 07:46 PM   #5
 
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I know of a place in Van Nuys CA. that dose chem cleaning. They do a lot of restoration work on clasic cars and do a very good job of restoring/cleaning metal parts. I know Jay Leno has used them to bring back the finish of old parts, so they would be the ticket. Of course, I'm sure there are places like that in AZ. I would go that rought...you will be happy with the results
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Drop it by work tomorrow and I'll throw it in a Cuda (water based industial parts cleaner) and see how it comes out.
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Drop it by work tomorrow and I'll throw it in a Cuda (water based industial parts cleaner) and see how it comes out.
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Originally Posted by awilksch
did you get the PM about the sidestand you are after??
No but I got a few quotes. It's about $80 but I guess it does not include the spring and retainer.
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Damn, something's wrong with my Private Messaging, it's never worked.

log on to www.ebay.com/ and just do a search for 'husaberg', there is a dude parting what looks to be a nearly complete 2000 model, there was a sidestand, with spring, looks great, as did all of the parts, complete frame, tank, all plastics swingarm etc.

I had the ebay item no, but left it at work... Doh.

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Sorry LeFrog,

it was in German Ebay... item 130056781222, starting bid was 1 Euro.

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