Aluminum and bleach??? What did I do???
Posted 30 September 2005 - 04:20 AM
The carrier arrived. I assumed the previous owner used it in the Paris to dakar rally just after he completed the baja 1000. It looked rough. Covered in oil, and scratched. Still it was functional.
I cleaned as much as I could. At the same time I happened to be cleaning my garage sink with bleach. I went ahead and tossed the carrier in the sink. Hopefully this would eat away some of the grease. I got distracted. 20 minutes later I went back and the aluminum carrier was a dark black color.
I cleaned the bleach off and sprayed the carrier with oil. This morning it looks great. The color is dark grey...similar to a hard anodized color. It appears as durable as any stock finish.
My question is...What the hell did I do? How does the bleach turn the aluminum black????
It looks good enough that I may try "bleaching" some of the other trashed parts on the bike.
Damn, now I know how Thomas Edison felt. LOL
Posted 30 September 2005 - 05:07 AM
Now Mr. Edison, stay away from the electricity!
Posted 30 September 2005 - 06:09 AM
i might get bleaching if it doesn't affect strength?
Posted 30 September 2005 - 06:52 AM
For the short period of time that it was in there, you did no damage.
You could buff it out if you wanted to.
Posted 30 September 2005 - 03:40 PM
I might try some of the old, ugly aluminum parts. It looks better now than before!
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Posted 30 September 2005 - 09:12 PM
Posted 01 October 2005 - 04:58 AM
I thin i will run it. I cannot imagine it being damaged.