Is there anything worse than the appearance of rust on your bike or any other chrome surface for that matter! Rust isn’t just unsightly but can also damage your bike! In this guide we take a look at how to remove rust from chrome. Below you will find a few easy ways to clean rust of chrome surfaces be that a bike or a table using some different solutions.
How does chrome rust?
When the chrome plating on your bike has been scratched or damaged, it can leave the metal bare, which reacts with the moisture and oxygen in the air causing unwanted rust. Well, fear not bicycle enthusiasts as WD-40® Multi-Use is great for loosening and removing excessive surface rust from chrome. The unique formula of WD-40 Multi-Use helps eradicate corrosion from metals such as iron, stainless steel, and chrome without further damaging the surface of the metal or even removing the paint.
So, how do you clean rust off chrome?
What you will need:
- WD-40® Smart Straw Multi-Use
- Soft brass wool or a wire brush
- Soapy water
- Clean rag
- Clean sponge
How to get rust off chrome – the process:
Step 1: Clean the chrome with soapy water and the sponge to remove excess debris and dirt so you can see the rust clearly.
Step 2: Dry the area with a clean towel.
Step 3: Apply the WD-40® Smart Straw Multi-Use product all over the affected area using the Smart Straw for extra precision.
Step 4: Apply some further Multi-Use Product to the brass wool. This should prevent it from scratching.
Step 5: Gently rub the tool of your choice over the surface of the chrome in a circular motion, making sure that the surface is always moist. Do not apply pressure or you could damage the surface.
Step 6: Rinse the area with clean water.
Step 7: Check for any missed rust spots, if there are still some there, repeat the steps above.
Step 8: Once you are happy that the rust is removed, dry the chrome thoroughly with a towel.
Pro-Tip: Chrome rust prevention tips
WD-40® Multi-Use can also protect your bike from rust and corrosion and give it a nice shine. Before you put your bike away in storage, spray it onto the surface so that the next time you get it out, it should still be shiny and rust-free.
Now you know how easy cleaning rust off chrome can be! WD-40 can also be used to remove rust from stainless steel! For more ways WD-40 can help with rusting issues check out our guides on preventing rust on metal furniture and loosening rusty bolts & screws.