Is your motorcycle’s chrome parts have hard water spots, rubber burn marks, or has it been rusted? Don’t worry! You can restore its shine like brand new. In this guide, I’ll explain some easy methods to clean motorcycle chrome parts at home.
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How To Clean Chrome Parts On Motorcycle
Several methods are popular to clean the chrome parts on a motorcycle. But which method is more convenient and cost-effective?
For example, cleaning a rusted exhaust pipe with Coca-Cola and aluminum foil or steel wool is easy, but it’s not that effective in removing hard water stains from the engine cover.
So, I’ll explain the easiest and most effective methods for each chrome part. Whether your exhaust pipe chrome is rusted or the engine cover has water spots, you can restore its shine.
How To Clean Motorcycle Exhaust Chrome
A nice shiny exhaust pipe gets ruined by a pillion boot, and it worsens when rubber melts and sticks with chrome. Despite all instructions, pillion often makes these mistakes and ruins the shine and aesthetics of your motorcycle.
Is your motorcycle’s exhaust chrome looking dirty because of rubber burn, hard water marks, or it rusted?
Don’t worry; you can clean it with aluminum foil or superfine-grade steel wool (0000 grade) and some WD40, Coca-Cola, or Vinegar.
Soak a cotton towel into Coca-Cola or Vinegar and wrap it around the rubber burn mark. Leave it for 5 to 7 minutes and clean it with aluminum foil.
I’m recommending aluminum foil because aluminum is softer and won’t leave any scratch on the exhaust chrome.
I have cleaned my motorcycle’s exhaust pipe chrome with aluminum foil and vinegar. It gives super results in removing hard water marks and rubber burns.
However, the aluminum foil fails to remove the burn marks from exhaust chrome; you can use super fine-grade steel wool. You can buy super fine-grade steel wool from any hardware shop or Amazon.
Here are the products I regularly use to clean my motorcycle’s chrome exhaust:
I always get a shiny result after cleaning my chrome with vinegar. But soak any parts in vinegar for more than 10 minutes. Else, it will soften the chrome coating, which leads to rusting.
How To Clean Chrome Rims Of A Motorcycle
Is your motorcycle rims have chrome coating? It shines when cruising on the street, but maintaining the shine is not an easy task.
Generally, the chrome rims get dirty with hard water marks that easily disappear if you clean them daily with soap water. However, your chrome rim slowly rusts if you don’t clean it daily.
The best way to clean a motorcycle’s chrome wheels is with an extra fine-grade steel wool (#000 grade). You don’t need to use any cleaner or paste for chrome rim cleaning.
Rub the extra fine grade (#000) steel wool around the chrome rims and spokes until the shine is restored. I know it requires patience and hard work, but the result you get is worth it.
How To Remove Hard Water Stains From Motorcycle Engine
Generally, sportbikes have painted engines, but cruiser motorcycle brands like Harley-Davidson and Royal-Enfield use many chrome parts.
The chrome parts give a next-level aesthetic to your motorcycle, but it often loses its shine due to hard water marks.
Due to the hot temperature, these hard water stains won’t go by soap water. However, you can easily clean it with chrome polish and rust-remover gels.
The good news is that you don’t need any specific tool for cleaning engine hard water stains with metal polish.
I have used many metal/chrome polishes in the last 2 years, but Turtle Wax T-280RA always gives good results. You can buy it from any hardware shop or e-commerce portals.
Apply the metal polish gel on the engine chrome and rub it circularly with a microfiber cloth. This will break all hard water stains from the engine chrome, which turns black.
Now, wipe all black solutions with another microfiber cloth to restore the engine’s chrome shine.
How To Clean Plastic Chrome Parts
Turtle Wax T-280RA gives shiny results with plastic chrome parts like the rearview mirror casing or indicator lights.
To clean the hard water stains, apply the metal polish and rub it with a microfiber cloth. After rubbing the parts, wipe everything with another cloth until the shine is restored.
You can also use white vinegar to remove hard water stains from plastic chrome. Put some vinegar on a cotton cloth and wrap it around the plastic chrome parts of your vehicle. Wait for 3 to 5 minutes and rub it with a microfiber cloth.
Note– Do not use steel wool or aluminum foil for cleaning the plastic chrome parts. Also, don’t soak vinegar for more than 10 minutes. Otherwise, plastic chrome coating will lose its strength.
These are easy and cost-effective methods to clean the hard water stains, minor rusts, and rubber burn marks from motorcycle chrome parts. I hope you got shiny results on your motorcycle chrome parts. You don’t need to spend too much money on buying costly products.