Aftercare cleaning for your revived components

All components will begin to age normally again after processing but can be kept ‘fresh’ with normal aftercare and maintenance. Remember that when parts leave “I Cleenz Macheenz!” they are normally almost clinically clean and devoid of any protective oil or grease, so they are vulnerable to damp and particularly sea or road salt.

The best protection for putting revived parts into service is ACF-50 anti corrosion thin film protective spray. Alloys are vulnerable (unless lacquered or anodized), and sometimes we are asked to just clean corrosion off plated items without replating. This means that the portions that rusted before will rust again unless protected. Even these can be kept fresh with ACF-50, and will ease the washing-off of road dirt.


ACF-50 – aircraft protection for motorcycles and cars – kills corrosion on contact

Available from “I Cleenz Macheenz!”

What is it?

ACF-50 (Anti Corrosion Formula) was originally designed for the aerospace industry to protect aircraft from existing and new corrosion and is now available to motorists and motorcyclists. Aviation products have to meet rigorously high standards and ACF-50 not only meets these but has been awarded Aviation Approvals MIL-SPEC 81309 Type II which means it is approved for ferrous and non-ferrous metals, electrical systems and electronic components.

The U.S. Navy carried out tests using ACF-50 on jets on their aircraft carriers. They found that ACF-50 so significantly reduced the corrosion they had previously experienced that they now use ACF-50 all the time. It works in that type of harsh environment so imagine how well it will protect your bike or car.

ACF-50 forms an ultra thin clear film that will kill any existing corrosion cells. One application will last up to twelve months in unexposed areas. More exposed areas will need topping up more regularly. ACF-50 has the ability to chemically neutralise road salt, and water will bead on contact and literally run off. Ideal for the bike that is used all year round in all weathers. A superb service spray, ACF-50 is also a lubricant and penetrant (without loosening structural attachments). If you put your vehicle away for the winter, applying ACF-50 will ensure that moisture will not be allowed to cause any damage, otherwise untreated moisture in cracks will not freely evaporate – ACF-50 actively rejects moisture from these areas.

How it works

It is an ultra Thin Fluid Film Compound (TFFC) that actively treats metal using advanced polar bonding technology. ACF-50’s synthetic inhibitors and active chemistry penetrates through oxide deposits (white powder) to the base of the corrosion cell where it emulsifies, encapsulates and then lifts moisture (the electrolyte of a corrosion cell) away from the metal surface. ACF-50 then allows the moisture to evaporate while providing an atmospheric barrier that prevents further moisture contact. With the electrolyte removed the corrosion process is halted. ACF-50 actively penetrates and creeps into the tightest seams, joints micro cracks and around screw heads, displacing moisture and other corrosive fluids in these corrosion prone areas. ACF-50’s thin film acts like an off-switch for corrosion.


ACF-50 is 95% product hence virtually no propellant. Keep the tin in a warm room, shake well before use to activate propellant and remember, a little ACF-50 goes a long way, so keep a rag handy to soak up any excess then use the rag to help spread the product. ACF-50 has strong capillary action so will creep into all the areas that moisture has penetrated, actively pushing out the moisture and replacing it with protection. Go cautiously when applying to brake calipers to ensure keeping off discs and pads. Otherwise use ACF-50 anywhere including the engine and exhaust (it will smoke on first start up but the corrosion process is still slowed down). Safe on paintwork, most rubbers and improves the appearance of black plastic trim.

ACF-50 is approved for electrics so spray directly into electrical joints and components where it will prevent corrosion induced failures. It will not provide a conducting path between pins in plugs, etc, nor increase resistance in joints.

Works well at stopping dirt, mud and salt from sticking. You can come back from a winter ride on a motorcycle that’s white with salt – a quick wash-off and it’s gone with the bike still protected. Areas not in direct contact with the elements like under the tank and seat, and electrics require treating approximately once a year. Other exposed areas re-apply as necessary. You can tell when the product is still active as water will bead on contact. ACF-50 only dissipates by being sacrificial whilst stopping existing or new corrosion, so just re-treat as required

Quick facts about ACF-50

Spec 81309 type II approval which means ACF-50 is approved for ferrous and non-ferrous metals, electrical systems and electronic components

Chemically neutralises the corrosive effects of road salt

Easily applied – non drying, ultra thin clear film

Contains no water, silicon, Teflon or wax – no sticky build-up, no risk of existing corrosion being sealed in and no risk of water remaining where it will cause corrosion and damage electrics

Active – which means that it creeps and keeps on working

Economical – 95% product and a little goes a long way

Doesn’t need reapplying after every wash! ACF-50 will last up to twelve months in unexposed areas. On more exposed areas re-treat as necessary

Safe to use almost anywhere (but go easy on the calipers due to the need to avoid the disk and pads) – can be sprayed directly into electrical joints and components where it will prevent corrosion induced failures and high resistance joints

Light lubricant and penetrant

All year round service spray