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SIMON CRAGG23/05/2019 14:38:06
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s-l1600.jpgThis engine has never been run, but stored for quite a few years. Whats the current thinking on how to clean these without dulling the finish?

TartanMac23/05/2019 15:21:39
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I use an ultra sonic cleaner with Surf biological soap powder don't use Daz it reacts with the castings for some reason putting white marks on it. But just using a small amount in a bowl or cup with boiling water and a toothbrush will bring it right up. For me it's the cheapest easiest and most convenient way I have found without buying anything special or getting it sandblasted. And if I clean it and it's badly corroded /mottled I have just started painting them satin black then put them in a cheap toaster oven for an hour.

Nigel R23/05/2019 15:24:43
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What is a toaster oven?

will -023/05/2019 15:29:07
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See here

Edited By will -0 on 23/05/2019 15:29:27

Dwain Dibley.23/05/2019 15:34:37
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Posted by will -0 on 23/05/2019 15:29:07:

See here

Edited By will -0 on 23/05/2019 15:29:27

Where is the chuckle button.....................LOL

However...................Google may well be the ruin of conversation Will-O. kisswink

Simon..............That is clean..............cheeky


Edited By Dwain Dibley. on 23/05/2019 15:36:28

will -023/05/2019 15:36:02
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Firstly, why are you cleaning it? Looks OK to me and I don't think cleaning an SC is going to add to the value if you're selling it. If you start using it again, it'll no doubt end up in a similar state soon enough.

Secondly, to add to tartan's email, I'd disassemble it first before giving it a bath.


Talking of re-paining it, I rather liked this listing for a "new" 40LA the other day.


New my RS.

Edited By will -0 on 23/05/2019 15:36:59

John Lee23/05/2019 15:52:43
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Methylated spirit & an old toothbrush for a quick cosmetic clean

Percy Verance23/05/2019 16:19:28
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But what about the engine John? smiley

Nigel R23/05/2019 16:34:05
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Question intended to provoke soul searching on adopting Americanism...

Doc Marten23/05/2019 17:04:52
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Cellulose thinners and a toothbrush will get it tidy, it will leave it with the same kind of finish it has now but cleaner.

SIMON CRAGG24/05/2019 08:04:36
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Thanks for those who made constructive comments.

Will give the cellulose thinners a go.

Engine Doctor26/05/2019 15:49:19
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Hi Simon . Ask around your club if anyone base a bead blasting cabinet. It will bring engine casings up like new. Make sure the blast medium is " glass bead " or it will cause a tough finish but beads will furnish the finish to original

Engine will have to be stripped out totally but it is worth it and will be like new.

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