Bottles in the shed

IMG_1255.JPGSpace in my main work space these days is pretty tight. It’s better than wrenching in the driveway to be sure, but every inch is valuable. I’ve recently tried to maximize organization by getting rid of the yard tools and furnishing with whatever I could find from the CL free section. In the process, I noticed that there are bottle of goop, gunk and other viscous liquids that follow me in whatever space I wrench in. Here’s a run down of a few that I wouldn’t be without.

IMG_1263.JPGYou’ve likely heard of this one, previously known as Honda polish, now festooned with sweet biker tribals. The downgrade in packaging aside, it’s the best general purpose cleaner I’ve come across. I’m sure there are others that work equally as well, but I haven’t found it yet. I tried that S100 crap years ago and it sucked, too watery and overpriced for my taste. This stuff works on just about anything, equally as good at wiping off layers of crud after a weekend of camping in the rain, or giving a quick clean up to some crusty swap meet gold. Paint, fiberglass, chrome, aluminum, raw steel - I’m not sure if it’s meant for all those surfaces, but I’ve used it on all of them with no complaint.

IMG_1266.JPGI love me some Flitz. Best metal polisher I’ve come across (outside of some of the specialized stuff like simichrome). Again, I haven’t tried many different brands, I was lucky to come across this early on and haven’t found a need to experiment with others. Throw this on a microfiber cloth or a buffing ball and it brings the disco back. With some elbow grease it will even get rid of slight surface rust.

IMG_1268.JPG Here’s a thing you’ll never catch me doing - getting into an intense internet forum debate over motor oil. You know exactly what I’m talking about - every single motorcycle forum has at least a dozen threads filled in depth analysis over viscosity, synthetics, brands, etc. I’m sure there is validity to some of it, I’m just not that checked in. Over the years I’ve used a lot of different brands - Amsoil, Mobile 1, whatever was on the shelf at the gas station(although I avoid that when possible) and can’t say I’ve ever had a memorable experience of any of them being better than the other. These days I pretty much stick to Spectro and Amsoil, primarily because I like the fact that they both support the grassroots scene. Seriously, that’s how I make my motor oil decision. They both make great products, I’ve never had issue with either of them and I’d rather my money go to companies that give a little back than those that don’t. I ran this Spectro 20/50 all last year without issue, which is good enough for me. Caveat emptor, it did not make my bike faster, my dick bigger or my chest hair grow faster.

IMG_1262.JPG So let me answer your first question for you - no this will not wash Jay Z off you, but still - it’s damn good. I came across this stuff in the the clearance bin at AutoZone; for $.99 I figured I’d take a chance. Now I wish I had grabbed every bottle. For someone without running water in the shop, this stuff is brilliant. Fast Orange (with pumice) is my hand cleaner of choice, but this is a close second. Comes out like hair moose, rub your hands together and it dries and flakes off, taking grease and grime with it. Works great and well worth the $.99. Online sellers are getting $3-$5 a bottle, which is more than I would spend on it, but apparently you can still find it at Menards for less than a buck.

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4 Responses to “Bottles in the shed”

  1. motoguru says:

    I’ve been using Worx hand cleaner for the last couple of years. You gotta have water, but it’s the only shit I’ve come across that cleans my dirty paws. It ain’t exactly cheap either.

  2. fuzzmanmatt says:

    I sold the Jig-a-Clean and the Jig-a-Lube when I was working for Advance Auto Parts, and never moved the Jig-a-Clean at the regular price. The demonstrators got used all the time by guys coming in, but they never bought it for use at home, they always stuck with the GoJo. I never liked the stuff myself, it was like using liquid latex on my hands.

  3. Mad River Motor Company says:


    I guess I’m not the only one who was confused by the S100 - stuff was sold to me as gold - bottle was empty one quarter of the bike in - thought I just must be doing it wrong - just ordered me some cans of the OBS - let you know what I discover (aka ways you haven’t thought of that it shouldn’t be used)

  4. grail21 says:

    Fuzz - I definitely see how that jig-a-clean could be an acquired taste. Took me a couple tries to get used to it, but I dig it now. Doesn’t beat fast orange with pumice, but works great without water, plus no towels needed.

    Harvard - You might also try lemon pledge (seriously), Nardi tipped me on that one, and some googley confirmed it’s cleaning status, gonna give it a try myself.

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