How to Clean Chrome on a Motorcycle

by Randall Shatto
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Detailing a motorcycle is important to maintain the pristine condition. After several uses or road trips, the chrome can become dingy and dirty. Washing the motorcycle with regular soap and water or through a car wash can leave the chrome with streaks. With certain techniques, you can clean the chrome and have a mirror quality finish. In approximately 30 minutes, your motorcycle will shine. You should accomplish this process every month, depending on the amount you use your motorcycle.

Step 1

Purchase chrome polish. This product will keep the shine. In addition, you can wipe off dust or mud after a ride with a rag. Your motorcycle will continue to shine. Turtle Wax Chrome Polish can restore the finish as well as protect against weather. Mother's Chrome Polish, 3M Chrome & Metal Polish and Mopar Chrome Cleaner also cleans the chrome on a motorcycle. These are available in local department stores or auto-detailing shops.

Step 2

Use hot water to fill your bucket. Get one rag moist from the bucket water. Wring the rag out. Wipe off any excess mud, dirt or grim on every chrome piece of the motorcycle. Pay close attention to the creases around the chrome. Remove all the filth and repeat this step if necessary. You may end up with dingy but dirt-free chrome.

Step 3

Dry the chrome on the motorcycle with the towel. Before you apply the polish or cleaner, it is important that the motorcycle is dry. You can air dry for approximately three hours, depending on the weather condition.

Step 4

Use the chrome polish on the motorcycle. Some products may be liquid while others are a paste. Use your second rag, dip or pour a quarter-size amount of the polish on your rag. Rub the chrome on the motorcycle in a circular motion. Repeat until all of the chrome has a high quality shine.

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