Are you struggling to get a smooth ride from your bike? Finding it’s not as enjoyable as usual? So, what’s your first point of call – it’s time to check your bicycle’s chain, of course. If you are someone who enjoys muddy rides through forests and wet trails, yet, you don’t put the effort in after your ride to clean and maintain your bicycle, then you may find yourself facing a build-up of surface rust. Unfortunately, a rusty bike chain can make you work harder during that trip and can even damage the drivetrain. But can a rusty bicycle chain be restored? Don’t whip out your wallet just yet! Before you fork out for a brand-new one, we recommend you give your trusted WD-40® a go first – the ultimate rust treatment alternative. WD-40 contains a unique formula that helps break down the bond between metal or chrome and rust, for easy yet effective removal. So how do you clean rust off a bike chain? Read our simple step-by-step guide below on how to fix a rusty bicycle chain with WD-40.
You will need:
Step 1: Spray WD-40 Multi-Use Product directly onto the affected rusty surface.
Step 2: Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Use a wire brush to scrub at the unwanted rust.
Step 4: Then use a clean rag to wipe off the residue.
Step 5: Repeat the process until clean.
Pro Tip: Now your bicycle chain is repaired and rust-free, why not keep it in tip-top condition by lubricating it with WD-40 BIKE® All Weather Conditions Lube. The specialist formula provides lubrication in all climate conditions and has the added benefit of protecting your bicycle from water ingression, corrosion, rust, and wear. Not sure how to use it? We can help! Find out more in our lubricating bicycle chains guide.
So, there you have it! Now you know how to restore your rusty bike chain and get it looking like new again. Got more rusty metal to treat? Why not read our blog, How To Remove Rust for a complete guide on treating rust. If you want more info on how to maintain your bicycle, read our guides on cleaning your bike, and degreasing your bike; you’ll be an expert in next to no time. Please note that WD-40 Multi-Use Product should never be used to lubricate the chain of your bike. You should only use a specially formulated bike lubricant for this purpose.
The uses shown and described for WD-40 Multi-Use Product were provided to WD-40 Company by the users themselves. These uses haven’t been tested by WD-40 Company and do not constitute a recommendation of suggestion for use by WD-40 Company. Common sense should be exercised whenever using WD-40 Company products. Always follow the instructions and take heed of any warnings printed on the packaging.
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