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For riders, their motorcycle is one of their most prized possessions. A rider will take care of their bike like their child and will do everything it takes to keep it nice and clean. When you have used it for quite some time you will notice that the metal parts have started getting rust on them. Doesn’t matter how well you take care of your bike, it will collect rust. But we are here to provide you with some tips and DIYs on how to keep it as good as new. In just a few simple steps you will be able to bring back the shine to your bike!
The first thing that you have to keep in mind is that you cannot reverse damage that has not been done for a year. You have to take regular care of your vehicle and not let the rust foam up or have peachy bits.
- First clean the affected areas with shampoo and water to remove all the accumulated excess dirt that is not rust. After you are done with the washing, clean off the water with a dry rug or towel. Remember that you will be able to clean off the rust only when the bike is dust-free.
- Scrape off the areas where the rust has formed into a heap and try and level up with the rest of the surface. Use an abrasive metal tool or a steel wool for this process. When you see that the more stubborn parts have come off, use a Scotch Brite or a sand paper to do the rest. Be careful as to not rub it too vigorously so that you don’t accidentally scrape off the chrome layer.
Tip- This is a DIY method that is used by experienced riders; all you need to do is dip the shiny side of aluminium foil in coke and rub off the rust stains. It works well with small rust patches.
- After you are done with taking off the rust, apply chrome polish to get rid of any surface scratch that might have been formed while buffing. Something you can do is applying a generous coating of wax on the chrome parts to help prevent further scratches or rust. When your chrome is covered with wax the rust won’t be able to stick to it. Waxing will also help prevent foaming of rust on your vehicle.
1. If your bike is a vintage one and you want to preserve it, we won’t recommend the above procedures to your precious possession. We recommend going to a professional who has enough experience instead of taking the matter into your own hands.
2. Also if your bike has transformed into a heap of rust try not to do anything that might worsen the condition. Get a professional help.
So you saw how easy it was to get rust off your bike; just make sure you are taking care of your it regularly and it will be as good as new!