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The Horrors of..........

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by got-to-get-fit, 14 Mar 2008.

  1. got-to-get-fit

    got-to-get-fit New Member

    Location:
    Yarm, Cleveland
    Pressure washing!!!!

    I can never be arsed cleaning my bike properly so the other day i thought....lets get the pressure washer out and get rid of all that crud and make my Bianchi beautiful again.:rolleyes:

    I did the wheels ......fantastic, shiny as new.
    I did the chain ......Gleaming.
    I did under the seat....you could eat you dinner of it
    I even did the bar tape (white) ....it came up like Kournikovas knickers.
    I did the brake cantilevers......bling!!!
    I did the seat post .....wow
    I then made the worlds worst decision......i did the frame.

    I merrily played the jet of water up and down over and across and it was all looking minty fresh but then just as i was about to stop and go inside for a satisfying cup of Joe i noticed a small chip on my frame that had not been there before .....the water jet had actually chipped a bit of paint or laquer off the carbon frame. I almost screamed. instead i whimpered and smacked my forehead

    The moral of the story.......dont be a lazy barsteward, get the sponge and bucket out.

    No-one would notice the chip, but i know its there and its driving me around the bend. I nearly didnt sleep last night for thinking about it. Oh and i also lost the 'Handmade' sticker off the frame. This would eventually have come off on its own but it does not make it any easier to bear.
     
  2. spindrift

    spindrift New Member

    Interesting. pressure washers rock, just done the patio. How d'ya lube it afterwards?
     
  3. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    No, no, no. As you found out, and as I found out a while back, pressure washer + frame = incredibly bad idea.:biggrin:

    Commiserations on the paint chip.
     
  4. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    Give it a shot on yer expensive hubs. Go on I dare you!
     
  5. Paulus

    Paulus Getting older by the minute

    Location:
    Barnet,
    Bad luck, can you get some touch up paint from the dealer, or straight from Bianchi? It is unwise to use a pressure washer on the frame as you could force water into the bottom bracket seals or the hub seals, not only for the reason you found out.
     
  6. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Make sure you point it directly into the bottom bracket and headset and other bearings to be certain they are nice and clean.
     
  7. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    Lets just hope no-one plants that seed of doubt in your mind that the frame may be, in some way, comprimised internally and that chip may be more than cosmetic. It would be dreadful if it just gave way unexpectedly on you, like carbon can do sometimes.

    Anyway, I'm sure yours isn't, probably.................................:biggrin:
     
  8. Maz

    Maz Guru

    the frame may be, in some way, compromised internally and that chip may be more than cosmetic.











    doubt it
     
  9. Paulus

    Paulus Getting older by the minute

    Location:
    Barnet,
    Oh dear, Oh dear, Oh dear OOOOOOOOOOOOOH
     
  10. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    come on dave5n, that's just naughty :biggrin::ohmy::ohmy:;)

    pressure washers pointed at these areas will strip all the grease out and embed water into the bearings. if you want to be replacing these bits soon, no problem, but personally i'd rather not have to.
     
  11. Ah, bugger it. It's only a paint chip.:biggrin:
     
  12. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    And a little crack here and there won't hurt.

    Alexetc - dirty bearings are a sin. Be sure to add plenty of detergent as you pressure-wash them.
     
  13. trustysteed

    trustysteed Guest

    have you posted the video to 'You've Been Framed'?

    the £250 quid can go towards getting a new one!
     
  14. Yes, in all seriousness, pressure washing a bike is a Very Bad Idea. As you've already discovered.
     
  15. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Pressure washers aint too bad !