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Protecting chrome from Rust??? #373839
05/17/11 2:29 pm
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The onslaught of heavy rains will start in about 20 days from now... They last a good 3 months over here. I wish to pack my BSA up during these months (will start it once in 15 days at the most. No riding).

I wish to know whats the best way to prevent the chrome from rusting during this time... Something that I can keep on during the monsoon and then remove once I start using th bike again. A lot of folks recommend grease... There are some anti-rust compounds available here but removal is quite a tedious job... Any suggestions?


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Re: Protecting chrome from Rust??? [Re: zubin] #373847
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are you gonna store the bike under shelter?We dont have monsoon weather where I am but we have many months of ice and snow to deal with and all I do is spray the chrome with WD40 and store in the unheated garage.this is easy to remove but if the machine is stored in the weather it would simply be rinsed away.

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Re: Protecting chrome from Rust??? [Re: zubin] #373852
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I agree - WD 40 is a great metal protector for bikes in storage. It's 95% volatile solvents which will displace and carry away water when they evaporate, leaving behind the 5% of protective lubricant to be a barrier between the metal and water vapor.

It's not a good cable or pivot lube, but it's a wonderful cleaner, deruster, and protectant.

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Re: Protecting chrome from Rust??? [Re: zubin] #373906
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Its the monsoon so WD40 will not work, its similar to the west coast of Scotland rain, warm and wet, grease or try rag soaked in 50/50 mix of oil and a solvant such as paint brush cleaner. The solvant thins the oil making it easy to wipe and then evaporates leaving a thin layer of oil.

Re: Protecting chrome from Rust??? [Re: zubin] #373907
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Wax, preferably Carnuba.
By the way, you do not want to use WD-40 in any dusty environment. It attracts dust like a super magnet. Good for cleaning, crap for protecting.

Last edited by DMadigan; 05/17/11 7:16 pm. Reason: WD-40
Re: Protecting chrome from Rust??? [Re: zubin] #373921
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RIG brand. (rust inhibiting grease) really sticky stuff. I use it for steel that gets handled a lot in high humidity and rain. It protects very well, just very sticky and a real bugger to clean off when the need arises.


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Re: Protecting chrome from Rust??? [Re: zubin] #374031
05/18/11 12:46 pm
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Wax, Wax & more wax.

If you have a good look at the polish section you will see Chrome cleaner, chrome polish & chrome wax. go for the latter it will fill up the micro cracks in the chrome and protect it very well.
If you can not find the special chrome wax then non silicon car wax will do.
The stuff you want is the paste or cream that you apply, let dry then buff off.
The wipe i on & forget it stuff dose not do the job.


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Re: Protecting chrome from Rust??? [Re: BSA_WM20] #374040
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I wonder if you could vacuum pack a bike. If you could find a suitable plastic bag and a way to properly seal it, it would be a great way to protect a bike from the elements. Spray it with WD 40 or put VPI and/or dessicant bags inside the bag, put the bike in the bag and then pull a vacuum with a shop vac and seal. There just might be an opportunity here for a product.

I've seen a similar product sold for storing blankets and such. The challenge would be a bag strong enough to take the weight of the bike and stand without piercing and to get sucked in around objects that are relatively sharp. Bag would be reusable so you could justify a high cost bag if it had a reasonable life.

I've seen the bubble things, but they are useless if you fill them with most air. They just become a miniature weather system inside.

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Re: Protecting chrome from Rust??? [Re: Snakeoil] #374042
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look at these
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vehiclebags.com


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Re: Protecting chrome from Rust??? [Re: zubin] #374479
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in the absence of mil c 81309 use grease or petrolatum,even engine oil,but grease is better

Re: Protecting chrome from Rust??? [Re: BONZO R.I.P.] #374484
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Thanks for all the suggestions!
The bike is going to be in the open but I will be putting a garage cover (the synthetic plasticy rain cover type thingee) on it. So even though the water will not directly pour on to the metal, there will be significant dampness and humidity all the time...

PS: I thought of tying some of those small silicon bags that they pack along with electronic stuff, which acts a s a descecant and absorbs moisture... Think that will protect the chrome?


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Re: Protecting chrome from Rust??? [Re: zubin] #374494
05/21/11 8:23 am
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not unless you take then out and dry them in an electric oven at least on a weekly basis and even then you will need a lot of them ( we are talking in multi kilogrames here.


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Re: Protecting chrome from Rust??? [Re: zubin] #374513
05/21/11 12:48 pm
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I have seen bikes stored outdoors during the winter here in Michigan . The weather is brutal on metal surfaces , but what I have seen work well for this is to shrink wrap the bike completely after prepping the surfaces with your choice of protectant, much the same way you would a small marine craft. The first time I saw this done was with an old H-D that was all chromed out , I thought it would be destroyed as the owner was in lockup for a couple of years but when he got out the bike cleaned right up and you'd never know it sat outdoors .

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Re: Protecting chrome from Rust??? [Re: zubin] #396102
09/25/11 2:47 pm
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Hi everyone,
I took the covers off from the bike after almost four months, and the chrome was as good as new... It only took about an hour to wipe off all the grease and wash the bike. Unfortunately, a few spots that I had missed (such as horn and area around dampner) were quite badly rusted.

So the verdict is out... A thin film of regular grease all over the chrome was enough to prevent rust, even though the bike was kept in the open under full onslaught of heavy rains... (with a garage cover draped on it ofcourse).

Last edited by zubin; 09/25/11 2:48 pm.

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Re: Protecting chrome from Rust??? [Re: zubin] #396116
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Zoob,

I sprayed my rims with clear paint.

Got tired of polishing the small rust pits that develop.

I also painted two red pinstripes on each rim before the clear coat.

Now i just use soap and water to clean them.

Works very well!

Sorry but i don't have a BSA!

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Re: Protecting chrome from Rust??? [Re: JBMorris] #396510
09/28/11 12:55 pm
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Clear paint aye? Didn't think of that... Will definitely try it on a small portion... Does it retain the shine after paint?


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Re: Protecting chrome from Rust??? [Re: zubin] #396585
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Hi Zoob,

I used an autobody paint prep solvent to clean the rims before the clearcoat.

I have a can of Dupli-Color high performance wheel coating but was afraid it might lift the pin-stripe enamel:

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The shine still looks ok under the clear, but not as good as pure chrome.


The Dupli-Color coating is a clear with a metallic reflective additive.

It might look pretty good on a plain chrome rim.

Last edited by Brien Morrissey; 09/28/11 11:18 pm.

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