Rusty Antenna Bar. How would You Clean It Up?


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Rusty Antenna Bar. How would You Clean It Up?

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My 1987 GL1200i is in pretty good shape. One thing that bothers me a bit, (now that I'm doing more staying home and not riding it and can see it more from behind) is the small pitted rust that is along the antenna bar. I have the antennas off right now, but when it's safe to ride more again, I'll put them back on.

In the pictures below you'll be able to see what I mean. How would you guys and gals go about fixing this so it looks a bit better? :?:









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I have heard multiple times, but can not confirm, that rubbing the pitted chrome with a crumpled up ball of aluminum foil will make it look much better.

edit: I see I was missing a step - add water to the foil before rubbing.
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Get some aluminum foil. Fold/wad it up and spray it with water, then run it along the rusted/pitted parts you want to restore.

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Any rust on chrome is the result of pits in the chrome. You can clean it but the pits will remain and the rust will return. Use some paste wax to slow the rerusting.

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Yep, foil and water or chrome polish worked wonders on some of my parts.
Post a picture when you get it all cleaned up.

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Pretty good results. I only had a bit of time to give it a little scrub, but boy did it work great. A little more tomorrow and a good coat of Mothers Paste wax and it is very presentable. You people are amazing.

Thank you all for the tips. I will have some more questions about cleanup very soon.

Here are a couple after tin foil and water pics...





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Looks great. Good job.
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Once you're done the hard part will be over. Periodic cleaning from there on out, one hopes :lol:

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Looks fantastic, nice job.
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I learned the aluminum foil trick on this forum as well. Works great! Just keep it wet while you work on it.

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Wow@ I learned something today as well.................interesting info here!

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The foil works very well. So does Naval Jelly.

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minimac wrote:
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The foil works very well. So does Naval Jelly.
I do like Naval Jelly. I had a bottle of it in the garage and accidentally left it there (unheated) over the Winter and it turned into a kinda coagulated goo that wouldn't even pour out of the bottle. :oops:

But the foil works well especially in those little hard to reach places. I know I'll need to do it again when the pits start rusting again. But I have put several layers of paste wax on everything I foiled (?) and might put on some more. You know, time on my hands like everyone in the world right now.

How much paste wax is too much paste wax :?:

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Never can you put too much paste wax in your motorcycle..............LOL

Everytime it rains, I just put my headphones on, rock out to my Fav group Led Zeppelin, and sit in my garage and wax away...........I'm guessing that I should have approx 8-10 coats of wax on my trike now.... :shock:

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Nice job. Luckily it was mainly surface rust. Any deeper than that and the results wouldn't have turned out as well as they did.



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