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Cleaning and polishing techniques

northcliff66northcliff66 Posts: 187
edited February 2016 in Vintage bikes forum
For my refurb project I need to clean up an old Cinelli stem and a Campag seat post.

Someone told me wire wool and T Cut (I assume as a two stage process).

Seems a bit aggressive.

Any recommendation for the best way to remove light scratches, dullness and to get back that "as new" shine?

Thanks.

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  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    Solvol and elbow grease.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • team47bteam47b Posts: 6,424
    Autosol and elbow grease for all BARE metals :D

    Avoid using wire wool or t-cut on a bike!

    if you need to restore paint to a shine use a cheap car polish this has milder cutting properties than t-cut

    oxalic acid for chrome. (Found naturally in spinach, dock leaves, sorrel, rhubarb leaves etc :D )

    Don't use anything other than 'mr Pledge' on anodized aluminium parts like cranks or brakes or you will strip the anodize coating.

    Aluminum has a grain, polish with the grain.
    my isetta is a 300cc bike
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    Autosol and lots of clean rags and elbow grease. For round things like stems, cut the cloth into strips so you can pull them back and forth. A Dremel with the little felt polishing wheels can speed things up a bit on the fiddly areas; just be aware that it can also fling black censored where you might not want it to go.
  • Thanks folks. I shall get going with the Autosol.
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    Remember to use different rags for putting on and taking off.

    And yes, to get perfect results it's a long, laborious boring task, so lots of red wine and good film always helps - Hell of the North original on You Tube will do the job.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • Seat post looking quite good after an hour or so work. The are some quite deep insertion scratches which will show as I need to have the post out to the max.

    Tough call. A new C-Record aero post is about £150.

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