handgrip, vinyl & pedal restoration

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  1. wing nut

    wing nut Member

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    hello all
    i have some vintage schwinn pedals , grips & seats . they're not totally shot , but rather nice , but showing some hazing & aging
    every thing is still supple & not dry rotted ... they are a little bit dirty
    i was wondering what if any automotive products would help me clean up & maybe rejuvinate these items ?
    thank you
     
  2. Moto pope

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    If they are not too bad, I would gently wash in warm soapy water, allow to dry very well and try a leather conditioner on saddle and grips. Some conditioner for use on auto weather strip might work on pedal rubber.
     
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    If some of the material is leather, wash them up like Moto Pope said and once dry, put some lotion on them (yep, the same lotion we put on our skin).
     
  4. maniac57

    maniac57 Old, Fat, and still faster than you

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    All I would add it this:
    DO NOT use Armorall near anything you might paint in the future. The silicone can cause savage fisheyes in any future paint unless cleaned off very aggressively.
    I prefer mink oil or saddle soap for leather and vinyl.
     
  5. 2door

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    Ditto on the Armorall. It has been found to dry out and ruin leather and vinyl. In fact a lot of the products made to make vinyl and leather "look new" contains kerosine or similar petroleum products that will do more harm than good.

    Saddle soap and products made especially to clean and condition leather will be your best bet. Those 'car show' products auto parts stores sell aren't very good and give short term results.

    Tom
     
  6. wing nut

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    agreed , if there were any places on a bike id want to keep firm contact with , it would be the seat , grips & pedals
    thank you for the replies & tips ...ill get some pictures up soon
     
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    Just add my ditto to any Armorall-like product. The silicon in those products attracts dust and are too slick, as you say. Then, that shine does not add (let's just say detracts) to a vintage look most desire.
     
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    I was going to say don't use Armorall, but more specifically because you want to stay on the saddle, not have it slide out from under you. Same for the pedals and grips, it might make thing look pretty for a while, but they'll be slick as .. well, y'know.
     

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