Picture this. You finally get a bright and beautiful weekend (rare in the UK, we know), and you excitedly get your bike out of your shed, prepared to spend your weekend making the most of the sunshine and enjoying the ride of your life from cycling down country lanes, rallying across dirt paths to experiencing picturesque views through the forest – but, you look down and see rust patches staining your chrome handlebars. And that’s it, a huge cloud of disappointment hangs over you. So how do you remove rust from chrome? Find out in our guide below.
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. 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
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 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: 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! Did you know that WD-40 Multi-Use Product could remove rust? Click here to read more about how to use WD-40 as a rust converter spray or read our guide on how to remove rusted screws.
Want to know more about the uses of WD-40? Why not read more of our Tips & Tricks here.