If your exhaust headers are looking tarnished don’t bother splashing out £10 on automotive metal polish – just head down to your local supermarket for some stainless ovenware cleaner. It costs around £1 and does the same job.
Cola for your metal bits
The fizzy drink’s aggressive tendencies make it a handy makeshift carburettor cleaner. It also cleans bare aluminium nicely, fetching off light tarnishing quite effectively.
Next time you have a Chinese, wash out the plastic tub and save it. They’re great for cleaning or soaking small parts, storing fasteners, or keeping components together. And best of all, they’re free – well, the price of a chicken chow mein…