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Old 11-06-2010, 08:23 AM   #41
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Old 11-06-2010, 11:54 AM   #42
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So after reading this post I've decided to ditch my xr10's orange bead locks. I ran over to Menard's and picked up a gallon of grease lightning for 8 bucks and now in the process of deanodizing. Within 20 seconds you can see the reaction starting and after 10 minutes about half the orange is gone already. when done I'll polish them up and post a pic.
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Old 11-06-2010, 12:39 PM   #43
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left is straight out of the grease lightning and right is after a quick polish

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Old 11-06-2010, 01:42 PM   #44
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i took my bead lock rings to work and blasted them with our Trinco blast cabinet, we use a plastic media & it works like a charm
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:24 AM   #45
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+ 1 on greased lightning.

quick and relatively safe to handle.

thanks for the tip, sry no pics.
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Old 11-09-2010, 03:32 PM   #46
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If you guys get your hands on caustic soda, be sure to wear gloves and safety glasses. That stuff can be real nasty.
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Old 11-10-2010, 04:16 PM   #47
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GOSH PEOPLE ARE SO COMPLICATED!!! i used a wire brush on a grinder, trust me lol
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:53 PM   #48
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GOSH PEOPLE ARE SO COMPLICATED!!! i used a wire brush on a grinder, trust me lol
Now why would I spend my time scratching the piss outta my gearbox and then spend twice the time buffing it hoping to get all the scratches out of it, when i can just use this and spend half the time buffing it and not worry about any scratch's

So you go on with your bad self and enoy the wire wheel method.
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Old 12-11-2010, 07:40 PM   #49
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left is straight out of the grease lightning and right is after a quick polish

Those look REAL good. Mind sharing your polishing method? I'll be doing the same
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Old 01-02-2011, 01:16 PM   #50
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great idea i have been using overcleaner i hate it thanks
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:35 AM   #51
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I appreciate everyone's comments and input on this topic. I've used the Drano method and the parts are left with a pretty nasty, dark coating. It come off relatively easily, but it's still a bit of a hassle. No pitting, though. So I'm going to pick up some Greased Lightning today since it appears to leave a much nicer finish.

I've got a question about polishing since I've never really polished unfinished aluminum before. What kind of polish seems to work well and what method(s) are you using? If using a Dremel, what kind of polishing attachment works best?

I've got some aluminum links I've taken a flapper wheel to in order to remove the anodize. It works okay, but the surface is pretty rough afterward. Now I'm going to have to chuck them into my drill press and use some sandpaper to smooth them out again. Boo! So I'd like to try the Greased Lightning method to save a step.
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:01 AM   #52
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bit off topic, but i hear every1 talking about mothers polish....

WENOL if u can find it blows away ANY polish ive ever used...

Excelent for fine aluminum or any precious metal.."more like jewelers rouge than polish"
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:00 AM   #53
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I use dran-o but dont leave it in there very long
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:17 PM   #54
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I use Greased Lightning on all my deanodizing projects. I went to the Goodwill and picked up a little stainless cooking bowl and a small hotplate for like 6 bucks and that cut my time down to 10-15 minutes. Just enough in the bowl to cover the parts and medium heat on the hotplate work great!
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:51 PM   #55
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bit off topic, but i hear every1 talking about mothers polish....

WENOL if u can find it blows away ANY polish ive ever used...

Excelent for fine aluminum or any precious metal.."more like jewelers rouge than polish"
i use nothing but mothers polish on my aluminum and chrome for the harley or the crawler
i trust it and it works great
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:25 AM   #56
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I used greased lightning in all the links and rings I de-anodized and then mothers billet polish (out performs regular mothers by far) I usually just put the links in a drill and polish, for the wheels and rings I use one of the small mothers power balls.

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Old 07-21-2011, 08:23 PM   #57
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I read through this thread today. When I got home I checked the garage. I had a full bottle of purple power,it has the same chemical make up as greased lightning. So I tried it. Works great! Now no more ugly axial green. It took about half hour to remove the annodizing.
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:41 PM   #58
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I will certainly be using this information for some bicycle parts before the summer is over! (I like my couple ano crawler parts. )

Thanks so much for the info.

Over cleaner was always to messy and stinks!
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:22 AM   #59
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Greased lightning is an awesome product! I have two bottles. One is a 50/50 mix with water and I use it to clean off dirt and mud off my all my rc tires and gets them squeaky clean with a fat brush of course.

Haven't tried Greased Lightning on deanodizing...awesome tip btw! I did get a bad chemical burn from Goof Off cleaning some stuff a while back. Should have worn gloves lol. Cleaning muddy parts off a 5th scale is a PITA.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:48 AM   #60
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can't find greased lightning here, can I use Mr.Muscle Multi-Task Kitchen instead?thanx!
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