Roy Gardner Motorcycles

The Client

RGM is the only fully independent BMW and Kawasaki specialist in the North West.  They service and repair motorcycles for private owners and supply genuine parts for all major motorcycle manufactures including BMW, Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki.  Owner Roy Gardener has been working on motorcycles for over 40 years and set up his own business in 2003.

The Challenge

When working on a bike, Roy needs a product which will lubricate, dewater, penetrate deep into the machinery and moving parts and ensure all areas are protected from corrosion.  Having used ACF50 in the past, he found it too thick and sticky.  It cakes on, which can be difficult to remove, and does not leave a pleasant finish.

The Solution

Steelgard is the answer!  Roy says “It does everything it says on the tin!”  During repairs he uses it liberally to lubricate, repel water and leave a protective film to ensure corrosion does not have a chance to set in.  It is much thinner than alternatives like ACF50, depositing a film which is only a few microns thick, is not sticky or greasy and does not attract dust and dirt.  It leaves such a good finish he even uses it to shine up black parts after valeting.

The Benefits

Steelgard is extremely versatile.  Formulated primarily as a corrosion preventative, its other qualities are as effective as products designed solely for that purpose.

  • Contact corrosion inhibitor – Steelgard protects everything it touches
  • Quick and easy to apply – brush, dip, swab, decant into spray bottles or buy as a 400ml aerosol can
  • Lubricates – leaves an ultra-thin, soft lubricating film
  • Powerful water displacer – can be applied directly onto wet parts after cleaning, de-greasing etc.
  • Penetrates
  • Economical – high coverage rate
  • Fast-drying
  • Protects all ferrous and non-ferrous metals and alloys
  • Generally safe to use on paints, rubbers, plastics and other non-metallic materials

Alternative products are often thick, greasy and difficult to apply.  Traditional oils can attract dirt and dust, which doesn’t just look unpleasant, but can reduce performance.  Standard dewatering fluids and lubricants do not give the same level of corrosion prevention.  As Roy says “Steelgard does everything!”

About Vapor-Tek

Vapor-Tek produces a range of high-performance corrosion preventatives from its premises in Bolton.

Steelgard is a contact corrosion inhibitor.  The formulation is solvent-deposited, dewatering and leaves a thin, lubricating film which protects against corrosion.  Manufactured to meet MoD and NATO standards and used by customers worldwide, including Rolls Royce and JCB, on diverse products from metal component parts to the nuclear submarine fleet.

Vaporol is an extremely effective Volatile Corrosion Inhibitor (VCI) which protects the inside of things.  We also offer a water-based version, Aquavap, which has all the benefits of Vaporol in an aqueous formulation, which can be rinsed away if required.

Whatever your corrosion problem, we have a clean, simple and cost-effective product to prevent it.  For friendly advice, further information or to place an order call Vapor-Tek today on 01204 521795 or e-mail


Posted on

October 2, 2020

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