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ACF-50 (Anti-Corrosion Formula) is an aerospace product that is now available to motorcyclists. Its aviation approval is MIL-SPEC 81309 Type II and III, which means it is approved for ferrous and non-ferrous metals, electrical systems and electronic components.
This type of 'thin film' water displacement product designed as a corrosion prevention and inhibiting compound for the harsh environmental conditions associated with aircraft operation with the added advantage that it will stop existing corrosion and is slow to deteriorate (12 month active life). It is also a very efficient penetrant without loosening structural attachments (a bit disastrous on an aircraft or motorcycle) and an excellent lubricant without having any high-pressure (HP) lubricants, wax, silicon or Teflon additives (which actually seal in moisture thereby aggravating and perpetuating the corrosion process). It is 'pro-active', neither passive nor waxy, is compatible with plastics and most rubbers. ACF-50 is extremely economical in use and contains no water.
Its uses on motorcycles are very similar to those on aircraft. Sprayed into the structure, joints and welds i.e. under the tank and seat, frame and steering head area (where the corrosion works away un-noticed), under panels and on hidden parts of the engine, radiators, engine cases, forks, calipers, wheels... essentially anywhere on the bike as it will work hard to prevent corrosion and structural degeneration. Where corrosion is already evident it will help inhibit further progress by insulating and electrically 'switching off' the corrosion cell. It will also penetrate around bolts, screws and hardware protecting them and preventing seizure.
Exposed engine and gearbox cases, swinging arms, forks and other exposed parts will benefit from ACF-50's thin film technology by not corroding, will stay looking good and will clean up easily after a salt laden ride. It is also excellent on black plastic trim without leaving the residue of silicon.
ACF-50 will protect electrical joints, plugs and components and prevent high-resistance joints caused by corrosion. This goes for PCB's and electronics as well, such as computerised ignition and fuel control units and their multi pin plugs, while switches, controls and levers will all be lubricated as well as protected from corrosion. Multi pin plugs and connectors benefit from having ACF-50 applied directly to the contacts.
In a nutshell, with regular applications, ACF-50 will make maintenance easier and save you money, make the bike easier to clean, look better, help prevent surface/structural/electrical corrosion related failure thereby increasing reliability and therefore increase the bike's value.
Being designed for aircraft, it has a non-flammable propellant so when cold it sprays like shaving foam. Keep the tin warm and shake it really well before use to activate the propellant.
Give the area the lightest coating/spray you can, enough so that when it creeps it will cover all. It really does creep, so go cautiously when applying to callipers to ensure you keep it off the brakes. Use sparingly and with caution with calipers or it will creep on to the pads. We advise using a rag to spread it over the areas sprayed; The rag gets impregnated and then spreads it further.
Under the tank and hidden areas it will last up to a year. However for exposed areas such as forks and the front of the engine it will be neccessary to re-apply sooner. You can tell if it is still active because any water will 'bead' on contact.
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