November/December 2016

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42 / NOVEMBER.DECEMBER.2016 RINKMAGAZINE.COM by CASEY MURDOUGH, CIRM The wash , The first step to cleaning your ice resurfacer is to wash it. Start by wiping away any grease marks that may have dropped away from a greasing point. Then, using any decent car wash soap, wash the surfaces just as you would your car at home. Start on top of the tank and work your way down to the wheels. Use plenty of water, as you need to remove any dust/ dirt that should not be scrubbed into the paint. When fully washed, you can either air dry, use a microfiber towel to remove water, or move right on to the next step. (PRO TIP: Never use dish soap for washing a vehicle with a painted surface. The cleaning characteristics are different in dish soap, and it can strip away any previously applied wax or finish). Removing water stains , This is where you make the step from a normal wash to a great finish. Hard water stains can really age your machine, but are easily removed. To do so, you will need to fill a spray bottle with any brand of calcium/lime/rust remover at a 50/50 mix with water. Starting at the top of the machine or panel, spray the surface/panel area you plan on working with the cleaner solution you have made. While the panel is wet, utilize a cotton cloth in a swirling motion to work the solution into the deposits. Don't press so hard as to scratch or dig into the paint—let the cleaner do the hard work! Once that area is done, rinse with water. You will need to remove the solution as it may discolor the paint if let to dry. Some areas with heavy deposits may take a few times, but all hard water stains can be removed. HOW To Maintaining Your Ice Resurfacer's Paint , Car soap should be used to wash your resurfacer before adding any extra shine. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF CASEY MURDOUGH Wax-On, Wax-Off A how-to guide on putting that shine back on your ice resurfacer's paint.

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