How to Remove Rust from Chrome on a Motorcycle

Overtime, it’s inevitable that the chrome parts on your bike are going to flake and rust.

The worse the bike has been stored and cared for, the worse the rust may be.

Luckily, there are some easy things you can do to clean up the rust and restore the appearance of some of your chrome parts.

If you’ve got heavily rusted parts or a rusted out gas tank, check out our guide on electrolysis rust removal.

How to Clean up Rusty Chrome

If your motorcycle’s chrome parts are showing some rust:

  • Clean the parts with degreaser or soap and water to remove all dirt, grime, and debris.
  • Select either some balled up aluminum foil or soft steel wool. (Optional apply some Diet Coke as you rub away the rust.)
  • This process will take about 30 minutes depending on how large the rusty area is.
  • Wipe the area clean.
  • Apply some chrome polish and protective wax.

This method is best for chrome parts that have minor pitting or smaller spots of rust.

Badly rusted parts where most of the chrome is gone will need to be painted or replatted.

You can help prevent your chrome parts from rusting by keeping them cleaned and polished. Check out our recommendations for some of the best motorcycle cleaners and polish products.


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