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How to Clean Rust From Motorcycle?

Jun 13, 2008
What do you do when you see your bike getting rust after the winter?

There is no doubt that bikers are mad about their bikes and hardly want to get down from it. It will not be an exaggeration if I say that a true biker's dream is to keep on biking. And most of the time seasonal changes cannot hamper their dream to keep on biking. And the end result is lots of rust in the bike.

I know what you are thinking - important parts of the bike are created with aluminum and steel to protect it from rust as much as possible and more importantly to keep the bike light. If you ask any seasoned biker you would definitely come to know that, no matter how well the bike is built, rust is unavoidable. You will have to fight with rust and live with rust.

Does this mean that bikers have nothing to do but watch the bike being tearing down by rusts? Not exactly; good bikers and those who love their bike a lot, take every possible measure to save their bike from rusts and clean every reachable area for a proper cleaning.

But, irrespective of their meticulous approach to keep their bike healthy in an economical way, a lot of bikers find it impossible to keep things clean and rust free. They have tried every possible way to keep the bike rust free but they agree that it is an impossible task to make it rust free forever; all you can do is to clean the rust whenever necessary.

In most of the cases, for a deep cleaning, the bikers depend on hose and car washing detergent. But they are not enough to fight with rust. And to add to the rust problem, soaps often remain stuck with the bike and causes more harm to attract rust. If you are using car washing detergent, you must be careful to properly clean the bike and make sure that it does not have any detergent residue. Some bikers use and recommend wax to keep the exterior away from rust. But this is too a temporary measure and not very effective in the long run.

You would also get a lot of rust cleaning products in the market. And some of them are really good to clean the rust properly. They are necessary to clean rust from those places where you cannot reach. For example, how would you clean the rust deep inside the oil tank?

In such situations, these liquid rust removers are very effective. All you need to do is to dip the tank into the solution or put the solution into the tank and they will work to clean the rust. They are just perfect to clean rust in the easiest way and most of them do not leave any residue that may reproduce rust in washed area.

However, while selecting one of these rust removers, you must be extra careful. Most of the rust removers are acid based and they have the potential to cause harm to your bike; especially in those parts where you have mixed material (steel and rubber or plastic).

Thus it is always recommended to use organic solutions or organic rust removal products to keep in the safer side. There are some great quality cleaners available in the market that can effectively remove rust from metal items. All you need to do is to select the best one for you.

Whichever rust cleaner you select, do not forget to read follow the user manual or instructions provided in the cleaner carefully.
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