ACF-50, the Lynx effect for bikes?!


When I first heard about ACF-50, I figured that it sounded like something that I should be using on a daily basis but that the product was probably hyped up and couldn't be anywhere near as good as it said it was. After reading a few reviews online I figured that the reviewers were all employed by the manufacturer and being ordered to fill the net with reports of praise. That's when I decided to try it for myself and see what it could do.

First things first, What is ACF-50?

Good question, here comes the science bit!

ACF-50, Anti-Corrosion Formula, is a state of the art, anti-corrosion/lubricant compound, that has been specifically designed for the Aero Space Industry. It can be described as an ultra thin fluid film compound which must be applied on an annual basis. ACF-50 actively penetrates through the corrosion deposits to the base of the cell where it emulsifies and encapsulates the electrolyte, lifting it away from the metal surface. ACF-50 then dispels this moisture and provides an atmospheric barrier which prevents any further moisture contact, thereby keeping the cell inactive. This compound continues to actively penetrate and "creep" into the tightest of seams, lap joints, micro cracks and around rivet heads, dissipating the moisture, even salt water, in these corrosion prone areas. These unique abilities of ACF-50 remain effective for 12 months, gradually disappearing as it is chemically consumed.

To summarise, ACF-50 is a product with the following attributes.

  • Kills existing corrosion and prevents new
  • 'ACTIVE' for up to 12 months
  • Excellent lubricant and penetrant
  • Approved for use on electrics and engines
  • Easily applied non-drying, ultra thin, clear film
  • Very economical
  • Contains no wax, silicon, Teflon or water

Testing the product

The first thing I did was spray my bike with the stuff. I figured this would demonstrate that I did not have any pre-conceived ideas on the outcome of the test!

The next phase was to "scientifically"  test the spray. I decided to use some old bits of metal. Each piece would have a different "treatment" applied. These bits of metal would then be left in the garden for a while to see what happens. Should be quite straight forward.

The contenders

For this part, I basically hit the shed and looked for all the oily grease tubs and sprays that I had. From there I created a shortlist based on those that were still in a usable condition! The list of products to test is;

  1. Nothing at all (Control piece)
  2. ACF-50 spray
  3. ACF-50 grease
  4. WD-40 (Of course)
  5. Duckhams 3-in-1
  6. Turtle wax
  7. Lithium grease
  8. Copper grease
  9. Baby oil (Not in the shed, found in the other half's cupboard)
  10. Vaseline (Ditto)
Shane Marriott

Shane Marriott

Shane has a hunger for adventure that neither his wallet, free time nor other-half will support. Ever the optimist, after riding a Suzuki Bandit 600 for a few years and completing a Level 1 Advanced course at the "World of BMW" school in Wales he has put his money where is mouth is and invested in a brand new, fully spec'd BMW R1200GS Adventure ("30 Years GS" version). It is planned that this awesome machine will take him round Iceland, help him win the HUMM event and get safely to the beer festival in Germany! So; is Shane ready for the Adventure? I think we need to ask if the Adventure is ready for him?