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What to use to clean up white brake lever hoods?

Old 04-26-10, 09:52 PM
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What to use to clean up white brake lever hoods?

Hello all! I just picked up a 80's Peugeot with a pair of badly stained white Exage brake levers. Just wondering what's the best stain remover to use, to clean up the brake hoods?
I tried soap and water and used toothbrush to scrub the stains off, but its still has some patchy stains left.
Any recommendations?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-26-10, 10:09 PM
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Use something with bleach or something like Oxyclean. Some of the stains might be grease and you need to apply a good degreaser before as well...
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Or just some degreaser and elbow grease... (as redundant as that sounds)
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I haven't tried it, but maybe a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser? I know they work wonders on my white MacBook.
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Originally Posted by darkmagus View Post
I haven't tried it, but maybe a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser? I know they work wonders on my white MacBook.
YES! Eraser is the way to go =)
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I use this stuff for cleaning all sorts of bike parts, including white rubber. I can't imagine it damaging the hoods, but as always, I'd recommend using it in an inconspicuous place first.

It's not nearly as caustic as, say, Simple Green, but it's a remarkably effective cleaner.
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About a year ago, I asked the same question of someone who had old white Exage aero hoods and they looked great. He said that he cleaned them with WD-40. I can't vouch for it myself, but his hoods were original and pristine looking.
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yes to magic eraser!
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Originally Posted by CMC SanDiego View Post
About a year ago, I asked the same question of someone who had old white Exage aero hoods and they looked great. He said that he cleaned them with WD-40. I can't vouch for it myself, but his hoods were original and pristine looking.
WD40 is indeed pretty effective.

Working at a restoration shop, I learned all about cheap yet effective cleaners. We never used WD40 as a lubricant, always as a cleaning supply.
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I've had some luck using Gojo hand cleaner.
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Originally Posted by CMC SanDiego View Post
About a year ago, I asked the same question of someone who had old white Exage aero hoods and they looked great. He said that he cleaned them with WD-40. I can't vouch for it myself, but his hoods were original and pristine looking.
I have used it to clean the skinwalls on my tires with good results. They get pretty nasty looking after commuting in the rain but the WD-40 cleans them with very little effort... wipe on- wipe off. I am curious to see if it causes any unintended side effects.
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Awesome, available at any 99 cent/dollar store.
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Awesome, available at any 99 cent/dollar store.
I think i've see it. I think the full name is something like "LA's totally Awesome". How can it not be good with a name like that?
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Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works great on white hoods and white bar tape. Some of the liquid cleaning products leave the hoods sticky.
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Here's how I manage to get hoods clean.

https://www.mytenspeeds.com/My_TenSpe...troduction.htm
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Originally Posted by Young Version View Post
WD40 is indeed pretty effective.

Working at a restoration shop, I learned all about cheap yet effective cleaners. We never used WD40 as a lubricant, always as a cleaning supply.
It's not really a lubricant anyway. It's gained that reputation in the household, whether from marketing or because it does do a mean job fixing squeaky stuff, I'm not sure, but that's not what it's designed to do.
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Try saddle soup. It cleans and softens the rubber! gioscinelli
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OxiClean and a ShamWow.

Worked, sort of, for Billy.
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