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post #1 of 17 Old 05-31-2011, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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i suck at cleaning

what can i use to clean my header

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post #2 of 17 Old 05-31-2011, 03:45 PM
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what can i use to clean my header
Wet sand with well irrigated 600 paper, be it bucket dipping or steady hose water.
Follow with something like BlueMagic metal polish.
You can also do a dry crocus cloth intermediate, as in after the wet paper - IF you want to take more time and make the metal polishing segment a bit easier.
Once you have it cleaned, it's much easier keeping it that way.
I hate spending time on such stuff, so read the above as being about as fast a method as possible aside from a mechanized process that forces you to remove the header and to a shop.

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+1 on wet sanding but I used 400 grit on the really dark stuff, then polished with flitz metal polish. Worked great.

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every time i go, hey ima wash my bike... i always just end up lubing the chain and going on a ride haha.

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Doing this might yield unwanted results...

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i have polishing compound would that work or no

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post #9 of 17 Old 05-31-2011, 06:52 PM
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i have polishing compound would that work or no
Is it for paint or metal? Some sort of metal polishing compound would be better, I've used Mother's mag and alum polish, it works well. I'll use Simcrome(sp) next to try it.

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not sure i will check. i was at auto zone and did not know what i was looking for

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also after i clean my wheels can i wax them to make cleaning them next time easier

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A bit of a jack, but where are you at re your front end ?

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A bit of a jack, but where are you at re your front end ?
I have the parts, just need time...

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I recently purchased a "powerball" (the smaller one with extender shaft)..this works like a dream. Try to cover the back of front fender to avoid splatter. They look like polished chrome now.

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Wait, we're supposed to clean it?

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I recently purchased a "powerball" (the smaller one with extender shaft)..this works like a dream. Try to cover the back of front fender to avoid splatter. They look like polished chrome now.
What compound do you use with the powerball? I have one of them too, but i never thought of trying it on headers.

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also after i clean my wheels can i wax them to make cleaning them next time easier
I spray a rag with WD-40, and wipe them down after a wash. Everything gets a nice gloss and chain lubricant can simply be wiped off with a rag afterwards. I read about it on a British MC forum for winter riding protection.

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