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Old 12-01-2004, 08:40 PM
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Tips and Tricks

Well, what are your special tips and tricks? Thought it would be nice to have a thread about this.

In Mythbusters today they showed that Cola actually cleans chrome they had an old chrome bumper of a Ford truck, soaked it with cola and started cleaning it with a brush always applying coke. It came out surprisingly nice

I'm not saying go and try it on your rod but it might be usefull if you're on a budget and wanna make some chrome stuff look a bit more luster.

They also said it loosens rusty bolts.

So what tricks did you find helpfull?


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The ingredient in soft drinks that does the rust loosening is Phosphoric acid. It is in many soft drinks and if you read the list of ingredients in rust treatment preperations for automotive use, you will see Phosphoric acid listed as one of the main things in the mix.
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Old 12-02-2004, 03:46 PM
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I remember my mom using coke to loosen rusty threads on the lawnmower when I was about 7 years old. (She taught me to gap points... my dad taught me to cook.)
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I used to have a neighbor that worked for a company that rebuilt mine batteries, he used Coke to clean terminals... I've tried it and it does work, much to my surprise.

I've used toothpaste to polish out real fine scratches before, and I use SOS pads on white letter tires (dunno if it'll work on my Red Stripes for the Coug). I've used melted wax to get rusty bolts out (now I got an impact wrench though), let it run down the threads. I'm an EE major and I use a pencil eraser all the time to clean corroded or glazed contact points alot; I'm sure I have some more electrical ones but I'm pretty tired right now. Those are the only ones that pop in there right now...:

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Old 12-02-2004, 05:40 PM
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Yep, coke works good on battery cables, been there done that road side, got me home might have to try it on this chrome air cleaner lid i got layin around.
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Old 12-02-2004, 08:46 PM
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I discovered a couple of days ago that you can ease the job of re-bolting a gas tank in by using progressively shorter bolts to "suck" the tank up to the underbody. It made short work of that job.
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