Shine Up Your Bike’s Chrome For Summer Rides

We all know how it is – you get a bike with every intention of riding it every day. In the spring and summer it’s easy to get out on two wheels but as the days get shorter and the weather turns for the worse, most of us are guilty of neglecting our two wheels.

Now that the summer is here again, you may be cleaning the cobwebs off your bike and realising that it’s in need of some TLC before you hop back in the saddle for any leisurely summer rides.

If you’re looking at some of the chrome metalwork and wondering how you’re going to get it back to its best, don’t worry. There are some simple techniques you can employ to clean the rust off your chrome components.

And if all else fails, there is always a chrome plating service to bring your older bike parts back to their former glory.

Rust is one of the biggest issues you’re likely to face and although it might seem as though your bike is on its last legs, with a bit of elbow grease it’ll be looking like new again in no time. You don’t even need fancy products or equipment – some aluminium foil and water will do the trick.

Simply tear off a small piece of aluminium foil and dip it in the water. Then you rub the foil on the chrome until the rust begins to lift off. Persevere and you’ll soon see the shining finish you’re looking for. It can also be sensible to have a soft, clean cloth to hand that you can use to wipe away the rust residue as you go.

Because aluminium foil is softer than steel wool, it won’t scratch your chrome surface, making it the ideal choice for getting rid of rust.

However, if you’re looking to clean up the chrome on your motorcycle, fine steel wool is a good option, according to the experts at Baggers Magazine. They also point out that heating up the parts that you’re cleaning can make it easier to shift stubborn marks and stains with your steel wool.