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Pan57Johan
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Cleaning cadmium parts

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Post by Pan57Johan » Sun Dec 06, 2009 8:46 pm

Hi, my name is Johan from Sweden. I recently bougth a 1957 Panhead. The bike was restored ten years ago and got some dirt and oil on the cadmium parts. What is the best way to clean those parts without destoying the cadmium finnish?

Thanks,

Johan



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Re: Cleaning cadmium parts

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Post by james » Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:37 pm

If it's only oil and dirt use Brake Kleen. An old tooth brush if need be.
I would wrap a clean rag around the part I want to clean and spray the Brake Kleen.
Does a good job and dries up nicely. Won't harm the cad and won't harm paint. That is unless it's Harley high heat silver, it melts that stuff. An excellent degreaser.
Works great on bare aluminum too like engine cases.
I use it all the time.
It will dry up any parkerized parts. You would have to reoil them.

jim

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Re: Cleaning cadmium parts

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Post by Cotten » Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:29 am

Cad patinates.

That means it tarnishes and ages in ways that delight the scientific historian, but plague the average restorer.

You only need to decide where your tastes may fall in between.

....Cotten

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Re: Cleaning cadmium parts

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Post by lockdoc » Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:18 am

james wrote: Won't harm the cad and won't harm paint. That is unless it's Harley high heat silver, it melts that stuff.

jim
Melts a lot of other paints and colors. Test before you use. I love the stuff too but be careful.

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Re: Cleaning cadmium parts

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Post by Pan57Johan » Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:37 am

Thank you for your advice.

Johan

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