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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:28 pm 
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I have picked up my latest acquisition, and found that the whole bike is covered in a thin spread of ancient congealed grease. Can anyone offer recommendations for cleaning it without damaging the transfers? They are all in pretty good condition for a 55 year old bike. Someone clearly spent a lot of time carefully greasing it before putting it away.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:46 pm 
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Remove the rear cable clamp first, clean the clamp up to like 'new' then re-install it back on the bike [after the frame is cleaned]

I'd suggest using a soft cotton wet/damp cloth first by rubbing off the thick stuff
then use baby tooth brush and washing up liquid, don't go mad with the scrubbing.

Many old Reynolds transfers where water-slide transfers, some frame makers lacquered over them, some didn't - so be careful.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:50 pm 
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The general rule is to start with the least abrasive, or corrosive, products first and move up slowly. So I would just use some Simple Green and water with a cotton rag. Use extra care with the transfers because they may be quite brittle. I was moving my '77 Colnago on a hot day and removed a couple of the letters from the seat decal with just my sweaty hand..you should have heard me swear...oh well...


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:07 pm 
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I've found this site

http://www.picreator.co.uk/our_products/index.htm

whose products I found recommended for bike cleaning on another site. I'll try the stuff out, very carefully. I'm reluctant to get anything water based near the transfers for now. Its a 58 or 62 Mercian.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:12 pm 
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I've used WD40 on some ancient paintwork without a problem. The toothbrush is your biggest friend :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:11 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Robbied196 wrote:
I've used WD40 on some ancient paintwork without a problem. The toothbrush is your biggest friend :lol:

Well, if its survived the grease I would have thought it would survive something like WD40, but its the only bike I've ever found that is in this sort of condition, so Im being very cautious.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:25 pm 
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The decal would be my main worry though if you knacker it, it can be replaced!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:55 pm 
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It's got all its original decals, some of which would be very sad to lose. The WD40 worked a treat on the lugs and bottom bracket. No paint loss, all the lug lining now revealed. Pale blue lining on Bronze metallic.


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