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Old 08-09-22, 10:02 AM
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Dirty gummy brake hood cure

It may not be a miracle but it works very well. Another member recommended this stuff
to me so I tried it. Squirt it on and wipe it off then put some baby powder r on it and they
come out pretty dag gone clean with next to no gummyness.


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Could be a life saver!🤗. I hate light coloured hoods (and tape) because they look nice when new but once they get dirty..😡🤬 I've used alcohol and 333 but results haven't been great.

Could you add where it is sold?
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Looks like it worked well.

I think my first line of defense for my white hoods is not to let them get that dirty in the first place. I'd prefer not to use something that could damage the rubber--like oven/grill cleaner. Right now I'm using whitewall tire cleaner, which seems much safer for the rubber.
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Looks like it worked well.

I think my first line of defense for my white hoods is not to let them get that dirty in the first place. I'd prefer not to use something that could damage the rubber--like oven/grill cleaner. Right now I'm using whitewall tire cleaner, which seems much safer for the rubber.
That would be my first line also but these came that dirty and really gummy when I bought the bike. t surprised me that after using
and powdering they aren't gummy at all
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Old 08-09-22, 10:49 AM
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Could be a life saver!🤗. I hate light coloured hoods (and tape) because they look nice when new but once they get dirty..😡🤬 I've used alcohol and 333 but results haven't been great.

Could you add where it is sold?
I got this one at the Dollar tree but I think they sell it about anywhere LA's Totally Awesome Grill and Oven cleaner
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It says it's a degreaser...Wonder how it works on chains?
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Be careful with oven cleaners in general, some of them will clean the anodization right off aluminum parts!
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Hopeful, wonder the state of things a few months on?
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Hopeful, wonder the state of things a few months on?
Guess I'll find out lol
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Good tip... My old method was ta clean um up with Powdered Toilet Cleaner and after drying hit um with KrylonFusion paint for plastic... Ha

I only have one bike left with Hoods and they are almost like Gummy Bear hoods ta boot. Its a Wall Hanger so no biggy. If I keep it I'll go to leather hoods but I am more leaning to just parting it out. Gummy Bear Hoods included... Ha
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Guess I'll find out lol
I think it's pretty obvious. Depending on use/conditions, they will get dirty again. At which. at some point in time, you will have to repeat this process. Same with any type of periodic maintenance.
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Every 100 miles or so, a couple of additional puffs of baby powder will take care of the re-emerging stickiness. I prefer this maintenance step to hoods that don't fit.
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Originally Posted by smd4 View Post
I think it's pretty obvious. Depending on use/conditions, they will get dirty again. At which. at some point in time, you will have to repeat this process. Same with any type of periodic maintenance.
You could say the same thing for new hoods
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Originally Posted by robertj298 View Post
You could say the same thing for new hoods
Definitely. I have brand-new white hoods, and know this is what I will have to do.
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...that grill cleaner looks like it might be a super degreaser, like the Simple Green purple stuff. Whatever it is, it won't replace any of the plasticizers, that migrate out of brake hoods and cause this degradation over time. The car guys sell this stuff, which is pretty good in that regard, but nothing is a complete miracle cure.
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For rubber I use Armor All.
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Originally Posted by smd4 View Post
It says it's a degreaser...Wonder how it works on chains?
Doesnít taste so good.

I use a cheap degreaser and a toothbrush, and off-brand magic eraser clone.

Once clean, Lemon Pledge from time to time. Suntour GPX white hoods can get especially gummy; the grey not so much.

Soma Fabrications has a lot of hoods, but none are Suntour.

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For rubber I use Armor All.
...I used Armor All for a couple of years. Then I read about how it actually works, and how it can accelerate the migration of plasticizers out of the surface you are trying to protect. The Car Guys stuff has worked better for me since I switched.
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Thanks for the tips in here, folks. I've relied on elbow grease and dish soap to half clean a pair of old white hoods that need to be gone over again before I put the bike together... Will definitely refer back to this!

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I heard automotive tyre cleaner worked well on brake hoods, but all my brake hoods are black so I have no reason to test it.
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...I used Armor All for a couple of years. Then I read about how it actually works, and how it can accelerate the migration of plasticizers out of the surface you are trying to protect. The Car Guys stuff has worked better for me since I switched.
Well, all Iíve got is my single datapoint of 35 year old hoods that are as flexible today as when they were new.
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Originally Posted by robertj298 View Post
It may not be a miracle but it works very well. Another member recommended this stuff
to me so I tried it. Squirt it on and wipe it off then put some baby powder r on it and they
come out pretty dag gone clean with next to no gummyness.


After


Try Black Magic Bleache White tire cleaner. I used it on Shimano hoods on a Schwinn Tempo, it really did clean and whiten.
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Originally Posted by smd4 View Post
Well, all Iíve got is my single datapoint of 35 year old hoods that are as flexible today as when they were new.
...is this you ? They do make a couple of different products, and I haven't tried their "restorer", which appears to be different stuff than the spray cleaner,

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I've always used this product by Wurth which is an excellent product but 3alarmer has me interested in The Car Guys magic elixir.
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
...is this you ? They do make a couple of different products, and I haven't tried their "restorer", which appears to be different stuff than the spray cleaner,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I81CuRc_k8w
HA! No, that's not me!

I just use the regular spray. When I removed the original 35-year-old hoods to replace with the white one, they were so difficult to remove off the brake levers that I had to resort to using pry bars of various materials in order to force the hoods off the levers. The pressure I was applying was immense, and really wore me out.

Even with all this tugging, prying and pulling--they never even came close to tearing. So yeah, I may just stick with the Armor All.

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