How to Remove Rust From Motorcycle Rims

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How to Remove Rust From Motorcycle Rims
Rusting takes away from a motorcycle's aesthetic appeal. (steel disk of motorbike wheel image by Oleg Mitiukhin from

Rust forms on the rims of a motorcycle due to excessive contact with moisture. According to Hugo Wilson, author of "Motorcycle Owner's Manual," preventing and removing rust is one of the most difficult aspects of motorcycle maintenance. Rust not only detracts from a motorcycle rim's appearance, it compromises the integrity of the metal. While it might seem as though there is nothing you can do when your rims rust, a simple home remedy will fix the problem.

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Things you need

  • 1-gallon bucket
  • Sponge
  • Warm water
  • 1/4 cup dish washing soap
  • Aluminium foil
  • 2-liter bottle of cola

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  1. 1

    Fill a 1-gallon bucket with warm water and 1/4 cup dish soap.

  2. 2

    Use an abrasive sponge soaked in the soapy water to wash the rim free of any dirt and debris.

  3. 3

    Ball up a sheet of aluminium foil to make a scrubbing tool that fits easily in the palm of your hand.

  4. 4

    Pour cola over the rust on the motorcycle rim and scrub vigorously with the aluminium foil ball. Repeat this process until all of the rust is gone. According to the Haynes Automotive Detailing Manual, removing the rust completely might take up to five applications of cola.

  5. 5

    Wash away remaining soda and rust residue with the soapy water and sponge.

Tips and warnings

  • This removal technique will clean away rust from most any metal surface.
  • According to Mark Zimmerman, author of "The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Maintenance," performing this technique thrice yearly will keep your bike's rims free of rust and other contaminants.

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