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julesdingle
June 19, 2017, 3:59pm Report to Moderator

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on this occasion it is not a question but the answer- over the years I have tried everything on vinyl from cleaners to steam cleaning, to more waxes and sprays and vinyl always looks grimy- I am just about to refit a original white top to a restored frame and it was grey. The problem [which steam cleaning shows up] is old wax build up, I tried [stinky] ammonia with some success but chemistry dictates something stronger- I used a commercial oven cleaning gel [vanquish- in 5ltr] and took care and tested an area. Warm day- paint on the gel - leave for 30min to an hour- sponge off and rinse - perfect. Even the new car smell is back- will report back if the plastic breaks down! but looks good [also used on steering whee to remove 50 years of waxy, greasy, grime]- but take care.


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Antonnick
June 20, 2017, 8:16pm Report to Moderator


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That sounds a good tip, esp for the steering wheel.


Gott hüte mich vorm Sturm und Wind, und Autos ,die aus England sind
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Scimher
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..I presume that there have been no negative effects down the line? Sounds pretty strong stuff for vinyl...
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Basil Fawlty
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Vanish carpet cleaner works a treat as well......not shake and vac!
The stuff in the big purple/pink aerosol
Wife hasn't noticed its missing yet
Baz
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Spitfire6
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Hi,
Oven cleaner on steering wheel to clean the funk is good. if there is any aluminum present, it will eat it quicker than you can say eat me.
Good idea, if you keep it off aluminium.
Cheers,
Iain.


Me in Burnley, GB
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Antonnick
October 1, 2017, 7:18am Report to Moderator


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That is a Point - what can you use to brighten up and clean aluminium anyway?


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Hogie
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Hi,
          this sort of works  https://www.machinemart.co.uk/categories/?search=aluminium%20cleaner

Any of the metal polishes work very well is you have access.


If you do use the Vanquish Oven cleaner then DO DO DO use rubber gloves and eye protection -it is mighty powerful stuff
http://www.polarbrite.co.uk/sds/vanquish.pdf


Roger


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Spitfire6
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Hi,
for aluminum oxide cleaning I bought and have not used it yet:

http://gaterosplating.co.uk/Desmut.php

Contains Nitric acid so rather deadly if used incorrectly.

Caustic soda, Oven cleaner, lye or Sodium Hydroxide, all the same stuff is as said above very nasty. I would rather be sprayed with Sulfuric acid then Caustic soda!
When I was a kid, I would buy a tub of caustic soda and a roll of kitchen foil. Mix the caustic soda with water in a glass pop bottle, put the bottle in a jug of water to control the  endothermic reaction. I would put on a NBC suit with gas mask. Add tin foil (Aluminium) strips to the bottle to generate Hydrogen. Once the effervescence began I would put balloons over the neck of the bottle and fill them up.  Happy days.

Cheers,
Iain.


Me in Burnley, GB
Spitfire 6 EFI Alpha N (Emerald K3 ECU). Big fat 215/40/16's on the backside. (They fit and minimal camber change). (Custom cooling system); broken and going back to OEM,  with 20% EG for winter with 2% corrosion inhibitor. LED's all round. NT 5W40 Oil. 0W40 Mobil 1 FS, 3.27 diff with a LSD by Quaife. TR6 Transmission + J Type.

PUG 206CC 2L twin-Cam. NT 5W40 Oil
Automation and control systems engineer.
RIP Step-7 Classic. Long live Portal V14
IEEE Member
G6SBH
Yaesu FT 102 with all the extra's.

http://www.SpitFire6.UK               Main site- work in progress

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