How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

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How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

Postby bainbridge » 1 May 2016, 10:57am

After a muddy, rainy tour I've been giving her a clean but can't get the oily marks off.the frame.

Neat fairy on a cloth got the worst off but an oily shadow remains.

My girlfriend recommended alcohol which I tried, but then was too drunk to be bothered (actually alcohol didn't work either :) ).

Something is needed to get into the valleys of the rough surface.

Any ideas?

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Re: How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

Postby Paulatic » 1 May 2016, 11:46am

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Re: How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

Postby reohn2 » 1 May 2016, 12:07pm

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Re: How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

Postby Mick F » 1 May 2016, 12:10pm

Mrs Mick F suggests lemon juice.

Not a Jiffy lemon, buy real lemon.
Cut one in half and squeeze it on, rub the inside shell of the lemon on the frame, and leave it wet for a while.
Lemon is a natural degreasant, that's why it's in washing-up liquid, floor cleaners, kitchen cleaners ........... and even shampoo for greasy hair.

Rinse off with clean water.
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Re: How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

Postby steady eddy » 1 May 2016, 12:50pm

Isopropanol cleans grease off just about anything - then get the frame re-sprayed a more practical colour. You need a high gloss finish to shed dirt and grease!

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Re: How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

Postby LollyKat » 1 May 2016, 12:50pm

I find baby wipes very good for getting oil off my hands, and keep some in my repair kit. Maybe they'd work on your frame? (Mine is black, so.... :D )

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Re: How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

Postby CREPELLO » 2 May 2016, 12:21am

Mick F wrote:Mrs Mick F suggests lemon juice.

Not a Jiffy lemon, buy real lemon.
Cut one in half and squeeze it on, rub the inside shell of the lemon on the frame, and leave it wet for a while.
Lemon is a natural degreasant, that's why it's in washing-up liquid, floor cleaners, kitchen cleaners ........... and even shampoo for greasy hair.

Rinse off with clean water.

I agree that lemon is a good degreaser, but are you sure it's the inside of the lemon that you rub the stain with? It's the oil that's in the rind that degreases - that's on the outside of the lemon skin.

Incidently, I use high grade orange degreaser, such as Finishline, for the same purpose.

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Re: How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

Postby CREPELLO » 2 May 2016, 12:24am

reohn2 wrote:White Spirit,followed by car polish to protect it from future stains.

Would car polish be sensible if the bike frame finish is a matt finish? The polish could add an unintended and potentially variable sheen.

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Re: How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

Postby Redvee » 2 May 2016, 1:40am

If the frame is dirty and you can't get ti clean enough to your liking the obvious solution is N+1 :lol:

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Re: How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

Postby bainbridge » 2 May 2016, 7:43pm

LollyKat wrote:I find baby wipes very good for getting oil off my hands, and keep some in my repair kit. Maybe they'd work on your frame? (Mine is black, so.... :D )


Baby wipes did actually get off some of the stains, but a few remain.


CREPELLO wrote:
reohn2 wrote:White Spirit,followed by car polish to protect it from future stains.

Would car polish be sensible if the bike frame finish is a matt finish? The polish could add an unintended and potentially variable sheen.


That's right car polish gives a gloss finish.

Here's the bike:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/cinelli-hobootleg-2016/

IMO it looks quite nice so I don't want to change the colour. There are some reflective bands on the forks and rear stays and some other transfers on there.

It's just a git to keep clean :)

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Re: How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

Postby Brucey » 2 May 2016, 8:29pm

if it is oily dirt then wiping with a tissue soaking in cigarette lighter fluid ought to shift it. Don't use other solvents (not without a deal of care, anyway) because they can attack the paint.

However if it is 'brake block slobber' then it is more difficult to shift from any matte surface. You may need to use something that is chemically aggressive to shift this stuff (eg kitchen floor cleaner). A brush with thin bristles (like a toothbrush) may help too.

Once clean, polishing with a wax polish may help to make any future dirt stick less well BTW.

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Re: How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

Postby Brucey » 2 May 2016, 8:33pm

BTW if you get truly cheesed off with it, you might be as well off (in the places where it gets most dirty) to apply some clear-coat over the original finish.

Obviously this won't look quite the same as the original finish, but it won't hold the dirt so badly either.

Needless to say clear-coat won't stick to anything other than a perfectly clean and grease/wax-free surface.

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Re: How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

Postby Bonefishblues » 2 May 2016, 8:42pm

Car polish polishes, as the name suggests. It does not seal or protect.

What might well be useful once it's clean is what's called a "quick detailer", which is a spray that is used as a spritz to seal paintwork (it's also good for drying paintwork as it replaces moisture). Used like this on Matt paint it will penetrate into the texture of the paint and act as a protectant, making it easier to clean in future. I use it after I have washed bikes.

Something like this: http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/detailing ... d_361.html

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Re: How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

Postby flat tyre » 2 May 2016, 8:55pm

I use GT85 for this, good at getting tar spots off too.

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Re: How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

Postby tim-b » 3 May 2016, 5:23am

Hi
I've got matt white detailing on my bike and a light rub with bathroom cream cleaner did the job. Try a bit under the BB if you're not sure, too much and it might become polished??
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