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Old 08-12-2014, 10:14 AM   #1
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General Question about road grime, rad fluid, brake fluid, dripping on bike

Hey guys quick question about different fluids/grime dripping on the bike during use and/or maintenance.

So, for instance, when you're doing a drain/fill on your radiator, at the end some caustic rad fluid invariably tends to drip down the side of the engine case. I've known this to eat thru paint and permanently leave "calcium" on metals.

Also, when doing a brake bleed i've never quite NOT gotten some brake fluid on my rims or around the caliper. this will also eat thru paint, make it bubble and scale,

Not to mention the dirt that cakes up and generally stains the bike,

Im wondering if mostly, if in the case of brake/radiator fluid: if its not on for very long will it still stain (will quickly cleaning with water help?), and if it is on for a long time (or longer than safe, so it stains) can it be washed off with soap/water or any special formula of soap to take care of it?

if none of the above works to get rid of any particularly harsh staining, is the only real alternative to have things like the cases/rims/calipers powdercoated or painted after intense dirt/radiator/brake fluid end up staining or otherwise affecting the OEM look of these parts?
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Old 08-12-2014, 10:45 AM   #2
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Cleaning immediately will prevent stains/paint removal.
Once it's stained or paint removed, refinishing is the only real option depending on how bad it is. Some metal parts could be polished out but if paint or powder coat is involved is probably gonna have to be redone.
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:17 AM   #3
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It's a when it gets into your eyes and stings like a . Just wipe it dawn.
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Old 08-12-2014, 02:04 PM   #4
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I usually keep a damp rag handy to wipe any spills when they happen. That usually works best.
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