Bike frame cleaner

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Brian696969
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Bike frame cleaner

Postby Brian696969 » 10 Nov 2016, 9:37am

I have been using Muc Off, but have been advised to use either WD 40 bike cleaner or plain paraffin. Any recommmendations ?

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Re: Bike frame cleaner

Postby pwa » 10 Nov 2016, 9:48am

There are obviously some places you should keep WD40 away from. Wheel rims, if you use rim brakes. Bearing seals, if you want to keep grease in good condition. Why not just car shampoo with a waxy residue?
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Re: Bike frame cleaner

Postby hamster » 10 Nov 2016, 11:30am

I use Fenwicks for really greasy bits, otherwise simple car shampoo.

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Re: Bike frame cleaner

Postby rjb » 10 Nov 2016, 11:37am

pwa wrote:There are obviously some places you should keep WD40 away from. Wheel rims, if you use rim brakes. Bearing seals, if you want to keep grease in good condition. Why not just car shampoo with a waxy residue?


Brucey wrote:I've mentioned this before, but one of my former clubmates swore blind that cleaning rims with WD40 worked wonders.

cheers


+1 :D
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Re: Bike frame cleaner

Postby rmurphy195 » 10 Nov 2016, 4:33pm

Car shampoo with inbuilt wax, using a cheap paintbrush - 2 or 2.5 inch does it. Can even get under the mudguards this way!
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Re: Bike frame cleaner

Postby ferrit worrier » 10 Nov 2016, 5:11pm

I use Fenwicks, no problem. However I've just been working on my old Landy and had to removea few years muck and grease from around the steering swivels and differential, I used Swarfega oil and grease remover with a good pan scrubbing brush used neat it worked a treat. I've not tried it on the bike yet, I'm thinking it will be great for the chain and transmission parts.
As for parrafin be carefull on painted surfaces, many years ago I worked as loco cleaner / fitter at Dinting railway centre near Glossop, parrafin on paintwork was a big no no.
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Re: Bike frame cleaner

Postby DaveP » 11 Nov 2016, 8:27am

rjb wrote:
pwa wrote:There are obviously some places you should keep WD40 away from. Wheel rims, if you use rim brakes. Bearing seals, if you want to keep grease in good condition. Why not just car shampoo with a waxy residue?


Brucey wrote:I've mentioned this before, but one of my former clubmates swore blind that cleaning rims with WD40 worked wonders.

cheers


+1 :D

Nuff said!
When my son was about 14 I took him and a friend out for a ride. When we collected the friend his mum explained that his dad had checked the bike over and cleaned the rims with WD because the brakes were squeaking :shock:
Sorted that and managed to get him home alive 8)

Turtle wax for me, usually. Fenwicks if particularly mucky. Wouldn't use anything oily to clean a frame because I'd want to clean the oil off before using it...
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