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How do I clean this?

Both the brake and clutch reservoirs look like this. Is there a way to clean and restore them back to at least semi-new condition?


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Get a green scotch Brite pad or you can make a buffing wheel for a dremel and get after it. Keep the scratches in the same direction. This probably has a clear coat on it that will have to come off. No need to put it back on

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You could also try a buffer pad in a cordless drill and some jeweler's rouge. Its what they use to take scratches out of rings and gems and polish them smooth. Last time I used it went into a jewelry store and asked a jeweler where I could get some and he just handed me some. You may want to get some slightly heavier abrasive to cut the corrosion off, but jeweler's rouge should work too, just take a little longer.
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That looks pretty deeply pitted. No amount of elbow grease is going to bring that back without sanding out the corrosion.

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I figured it would require some serious work. As for as basic cleaning the residue mess, simple soap and water, an all purpose cleaner?

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I've done this on an old bike. The green scotch bright will pretty close duplicate the original finish and if you can get or make a pad for a drill or dremel it will go much faster. If it's really deep try some 320 grit sandpaper first

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