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Old 02-20-08, 02:00 PM
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Treat your brake hoods

Do you apply anything to your brake hoods? Armourall? Liquid latex (does that even make sense?)?

I am curious if anyone uses anything on their old hoods to protect or try and preserve them. I just washed a bunch of hoods in soapy warm water and they seem like they could use something to brighten them up. Any suggestions?
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The best cleaner/brightener I've found is the Castrol purple stuff that warns you not to use on paint or aluminum. Makes white hoods much whiter than bleach. After that I have soaked some hoods in ArmorAll or some other similar brand. It seemed to help the pliability of some old cracked hoods, but I can't say that it is a magic potion.
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Old 02-20-08, 02:26 PM
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I've been too afraid to try anything stronger than soap & water, but as far as restoring their pliability I was recommended by moultonguy to use glycerin. https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/365257-preserving-cleaning-gum-hoods.html

They've certainly held up, but it's probably much too soon to tell how they'll fare in the long term.
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Antipodes, I used it FINALLY to clean some brake hoods but now I feel dizzy. That stuff is poison!

Yogurt, where can I get glycerin?

Edit: Yahoo answers... grocery store or drug store... will go look.
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It's for chapped lips and such, I found it near the band-aids at a drug store. It was a not-so-cheap $5 for a fairly small bottle, but I suppose it's a lifetime supply for what I'm going to use it for. (Don't use too much, I think it degrades the gum when applied too liberally.)
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Originally Posted by Yogurt View Post
It's for chapped lips and such, I found it near the band-aids at a drug store. It was a not-so-cheap $5 for a fairly small bottle, but I suppose it's a lifetime supply for what I'm going to use it for. (Don't use too much, I think it degrades the gum when applied too liberally.)
That doesn't seem right. degrades the gum? I thought it was supposed to rejuvenate it. Maybe I should just try armourall.
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Not Armor All! 303 Aerospace Protectant. You can find it at Marine/Boat supply shops.
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I've read several Classic Rendezvous posts that have recommended Aerospace Protectant by 303
Products. I bought my first bottle recently and it works well.

https://www.303products.com/tech/inde...Product_ID=428

As for Armor All, I've read that it's maybe not the best choice for rubber.
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Originally Posted by gridplan View Post
I've read several Classic Rendezvous posts that have recommended Aerospace Protectant by 303
Products. I bought my first bottle recently and it works well.

https://www.303products.com/tech/inde...Product_ID=428

As for Armor All, I've read that it's maybe not the best choice for rubber.
Good stuff. I've been using it for years. Makes even vintage tires look like new!

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From what moultonguy said you can oversaturate the gum if you bathe the hood in the stuff. Kind of like too much hand lotion.
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Originally Posted by cyclotoine View Post
Antipodes, I used it FINALLY to clean some brake hoods but now I feel dizzy. That stuff is poison!
Next time, remove the brake hood from your nose before applying.
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Old 02-20-08, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by McDave View Post
Not Armor All! 303 Aerospace Protectant. You can find it at Marine/Boat supply shops.
I agree. Just say no to ArmorAll.
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Old 02-20-08, 07:15 PM
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picked up the 303 aerospace protectant from the local marine supply. Damn is it expensive... but if it does the trick then I am happy. Thanks for all the input.
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Meguiars gold class vinyl protectant. I've used it on old cleaned hoods that have the gummy/sticky feel, and after it dries the stickiness is gone. It lasts for quite a while too. Not slippery feeling at all. Also works very well on car interiors too, lol.,,,,BD

https://www.meguiars.com/?vinyl-rubbe...ber-Protectant
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Sweat....then once in a great while the same proofide that I use on my saddle.
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Ummm...glycerin is easily found in large quantities in "personal lubricant" products. It does work well to polish and shine rubber....er....yeah....

...on bicycles, too.
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