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Cleaning Titanium

I'll need to clean my greasy fingerprints off my Arata before I start the bike...

What is safe to use? I have some WD-40, would that hurt it? The pipe is naked titanium and the silencer is anodized black.

Dish soap and water?

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Good thing I used the search feature.

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Re: Cleaning Titanium

I would put a little WD-40 on a rag and just wipe clean. After that a bucket with soap and water should do fine. Do a wipe down with a dry rag and fire it up.

Titanium is soooooo cool.
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Titanium is soooooo cool.

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Titanium is soooooo cool.
I have more than $200K of it.

Is a paradigm worth 20 cents?
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Re: Cleaning Titanium

WD40.... Why would you "clean" a greasy fingerprint with something oily....

If there is a mess on them that you are worried about, use contact/brake cleaner...

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I have more than $200K of it.
Bet you can't polish it with WD-40
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WD40.... Why would you "clean" a greasy fingerprint with something oily....

If there is a mess on them that you are worried about, use contact/brake cleaner...
I have some of that, but I was worried its "caustic as ****" nature might hurt the anodized part. If I ruin my pipe it's all your fault.

I thought WD could fix anything and cure all disease? You're sure getting a lot of mileage out of that googly smiley.

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Re: Cleaning Titanium

WD40 is for chain cleaning and keeping old men's shovels and rakes from rusting...that's about it...

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Re: Cleaning Titanium

WD40 is the most wonderful invention ever made.. you have no idea how many things we use it for at work... plus it's the best damn thing to use to clean up yourself if your hands and arms are covered in oil, grease, oxide, whatever just to get all that crap off and then use some hand soap to get rid of the wd40 residue.
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Re: Cleaning Titanium

We where in a marina the other day, me and another mechanic had our hands covered with grease, diesel and some other nasty stuff. The only thing we found to clean ourselves was........ head and shoulders shampoo.... That stuff must be freaking strong cause it got EVERYTHING out!!! Don't know about using it on titanium though.
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Re: Cleaning Titanium

WD-40 is the best thing I've found to clean Ti with. But you do want to wipe off the excess after cleaning. And don't hang around a closed place after you've started the bike... the vapours are nasty toxic when heated. Great excuse to go for a ride after you've cleaned your bike.

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Re: Cleaning Titanium

Titanium forms a layer of titanium oxide at the surface on contact with air that makes it incredibly chemically resistant.

It takes a strong acid to etch Ti, don't worry about it with any cleaner you'd use on aluminum.



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Re: Cleaning Titanium

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Bet you can't polish it with WD-40
Nah, I'm sticking with spinal fluid. It's kind of difficult to come by, but I wouldn't trust my hardware to anything else.

Is a paradigm worth 20 cents?
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Re: Cleaning Titanium

From the Akrapovic EVO1 instructions, clean the Ti with WD-40:

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