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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-14-2019, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Question Tarnished Engine Guard

H all, recently gave the ATAS a good clean after a very wet commute back from work a week or so ago. The weather has been miserable and this was the first chance I had to clean her in daylight. After a good scrub with a nylon brush and hot soapy sponge I tried the pressure jet on the front edge of the guard where most of the road gunk had hit. When I had finished the stainless steel looked dirty and tarnished. Anyone else experienced this and what did you use to get it back to it's shiny like new look?

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-14-2019, 02:36 PM
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You'll experience good results with metal polish from an automotive parts store. Look in the wheel section. These were commonly used on chrome bumpers and wheels in days gone yore.

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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-14-2019, 03:12 PM
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Yes, really shite quality, I doubt its SS though, maybe a cheap alloy

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I was pretty fanatical early on keeping everything spitshined and polished.... Yes the car polishes work well, but I've since moved in the direction of appreciating patina. Part of this, with all the gravel and off-pavement I run, is the amount of sandblasting that occurs...the pitting, scrapes, and gouges.... It's just the nature of having a machine I use for a purpose.
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-14-2019, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Annoying as it takes the look off something that cost so much. Looks like I will have to live with it and bring out the metal polish at trade in time.

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They say scars are like tattoos only with better stories...
Engine guards are the same way, the bigger the scrape/dent the better the story..

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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-15-2019, 01:35 PM
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Sadly this is a skin infection rather than a scar......

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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-15-2019, 07:43 PM
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Itís alloy and a regular wipe with ACF50 keeps it looking good. If its covered in stone chips and tarnished, a quick scrub with a fine (green coloured ones) scotchbrite will make it look better.
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STAIN-Magic by Yoshimura appears to work.

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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-22-2019, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Tried some standard metal polish which although time consuming seems to be getting most of the crud off. Once I am finished I think I will have invest in some ACF50 to reduce the tarnishing. Definitely cheap alloy.
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