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PostSubject: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:08 am

I've stripped my GS550 carbs and would like to clean them up before painting them, or even better, get them shiny enough not to nee paint.

I've already tried a few things without much luck.

Oven cleaner - turned them grey and caused them to fur up.

Dishwasher - see above

Brick acid - turned them black but got rid of the furring. The black comes off on your hands.

Now trying water/vinegar/orange oil mix - no progress after 30 minutes.

I don't want to sit polishing, so, any ideas?
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:11 am

you could try this

http://www.frost.co.uk/frost-ali-clean-1-litre.html
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:56 am

Animal, only one way in my opinion. Get em vapour blasted, not as cheap to do as the dish washer. but will give you the finish your after!
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:41 am

Mig wrote:
Animal, only one way in my opinion. Get em vapour blasted, not as cheap to do as the dish washer. but will give you the finish your after!

DO you have pictures of your engine yet?
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:59 pm

Mig wrote:
Animal, only one way in my opinion. Get em vapour blasted, not as cheap to do as the dish washer. but will give you the finish your after!
I concur
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:04 pm

vapor blasting is the best, was trying to think of something for the budget minded
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:12 pm

Carb cleaner, old tooth brush and plenty of patience
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:17 am

I'm going to give this a go.

http://www.frost.co.uk/car-care-tools/frost-ali-clean-1-litre.html

Followed by this

http://www.craftyarts.co.uk/acatalog/info_7965.html
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:23 pm

I can vapour blast them for you then give them a good soak in the ultrasonic cleaner. I have a web site with my phone number on it if you are interested and want to contact me.
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:13 pm

iancarter7 wrote:
I can vapour blast them for you then give them a good soak in the ultrasonic cleaner. I have a web site with my phone number on it if you are interested and want to contact me.

That would be xcellent, thank you. I'm in Warrington quite often with work.
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:17 am

The Ali-Clean did nothing at all. I called Frost products today and they're sending me a fresh bottle, doubt it'll be any different though. :frown:
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:31 pm

It's official, the carb bodies are shagged. Pitted to death. Evil or Very Mad

Luckily, they were my spare ones, looks like I'll have to strip the known good ones. All is not lost. alien

Tried the Rub n Buff on one of the old carb bodies, JESUS, that is amazing stuff.

So, as far as I know, I won't be needing any form of blasting.

I've got some wrinkle paint to do the top and bottom covers of the carbs too.
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:14 pm

thanks for the info on the ali clean consumer reports like this will save other builders time and money so if any one else has a product they have bought and used lately how about a report.
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:17 am

soda blasting
make your own its easy
bag of baking soda and make one of these other end of the pipe goes in the bag of soda and turn your compressor up high around 100 psi



baking soda dissolves in water so after you have cleaned them just wash the residue away
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:27 pm

miffa wrote:
soda blasting
make your own its easy
bag of baking soda and make one of these other end of the pipe goes in the bag of soda and turn your compressor up high around 100 psi



baking soda dissolves in water so after you have cleaned them just wash the residue away
Seen similar on the Honda SOHC forum and it looks ace, only issue is if you don't have a compressor it's way cheaper to find a local vapour blasting shop!
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:23 am

Animal_Mother wrote:
It's official, the carb bodies are shagged. Pitted to death. Evil or Very Mad

Luckily, they were my spare ones, looks like I'll have to strip the known good ones. All is not lost. alien

Tried the Rub n Buff on one of the old carb bodies, JESUS, that is amazing stuff.

So, as far as I know, I won't be needing any form of blasting.

I've got some wrinkle paint to do the top and bottom covers of the carbs too.


-Do you have any pics of the Carb bodies before/after?
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:13 am

What is vapour blasting?
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:59 am

Bit of a mis-nomer, it's actually a process where a slurry of abrasive and water is jetted at high pressure through a nozzle to remove scale and oxidisation from surfaces. Less intense and abrasive than sand, grit or bead blasting it is ideal for cleaning up softer metals such as aluminium.
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PostSubject: Re: How do I make carbs shiny/clean?   Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:56 pm

soda blasting is a gentle process and gives a fresh good finish and doesn't damage gasket faces and seals
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