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    Default Autosol Cleaning / Polishing Paste


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    I've been cleaning and professionally restoring bikes for more years than I can remember but not for as long as this product has been available.

    Since 1929 when Otto Durst invented this cleaning paste it has gone on to win world wide awards and has found itself in many restorers tool boxes as well as in the kitchen!

    Autosol, once known as Solvol-Autosol comes in a tube. It actually looks like tooth paste. It is second to none at cleaning aluminium engines, stainless steel such as exhaust pipe cowls and even dirty stainless steel downpipes. It is also excellent for restoring wheels that have become a bit grimy after being polished.

    It can also be used to remove surface rust from chrome but I would be very careful because if the plating is thin it may remove some of the plating.

    Method: You can either smear a little on to a rag or use something like a Dremel with a small buffer. The trick is not to put the Solvol on to the buffer but to smear the object you want polishing with the paste. You won't then get it thrown all over the place. If you are polishing in a confined space - say a carburettor - it would be worth draping a few rags around surrounding components so that you don't get any splatter from your rotary polisher.

    I've polished up old bike engine casings to such an extent that they look like chrome but better.

    Another use for this brilliant paste are fork legs and fork yokes. Most yokes and legs that have been painted are invariably made from aluminium. If yours look worn and tired you could strip away the paint and use Solvol to make them look like new again.

    Finally. I would not be without this paste. Even when I have done enough work on a bike I can find uses for it around the house such as the outside of copper pans.

    Available from most hardware stores and auto stores like Halfords.

    Oh...and don't leave it on the floor in case you accidentally stand on it.

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    Aaaarrrhhhh....that do be takin' me back...aaarrhhh

    Solvol-Autosol, Castrol R, Gun-Gum, liquid gasket (was that Araldite?), Gunk, what was that stuff you used to clean your hands...green...smelt great, RedEx
    Everything smelt great now I come to think about it...even petrol

    aaarrrhhh...

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    Another use for it - taking scratches off of CDs.

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    Autosol is also very good for minimising small rust pits in chrome plating and has an inhibiting effect that lasts for months preventing the pit expanding.
    Best cleaner there is for chrome plate.

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    ive found after 20 years rubbing stuff from t140 engines to blackbird footrest hangers ,that belgom alu gives a better shiine that lasts longer.
    though ive still got a tube of it in my toolbox.............

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    Belgom Alu outshines Autosol by miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLASH View Post
    Aaaarrrhhhh....that do be takin' me back...aaarrhhh

    Solvol-Autosol, Castrol R, Gun-Gum, liquid gasket (was that Araldite?), Gunk, what was that stuff you used to clean your hands...green...smelt great, RedEx
    Everything smelt great now I come to think about it...even petrol

    aaarrrhhh...
    Swarfega,the green one!

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    That smell of hot Hermetite, the glint of a Hammerited frame!

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    The throbbing of a hemorrhoid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheb View Post
    The throbbing of a hemorrhoid.
    Was that BSA's last attempt at a World-beater? The Suppository Rocket!


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    I prefer / get better results with less effort Meguiars All Metal Polish

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