rust cleaning


Technical information and Q&A applicable to all years and models of Goldwings
  • Sponsored Links
Post Reply
User avatar
Phidr
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:58 am
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Motorcycle: 2000 SE

rust cleaning

Post by Phidr » Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:04 am



As an avid Wing ride, I ride almost 365 days a year. A mild winter climate allows me to do that. However it does cause the bike to get very dirty. I have a huge build-up up rust on the underside of my mufflers. Does anyone know of a good way to clean it off. I was thinking of taking them off and laying them in a long basin of CLR, but not sure if that is a good idea.



User avatar
MikeB
Posts: 2592
Joined: Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:54 pm
Location: Tacoma, WA
Motorcycle: 1998 - GL1500 Aspencade.
2003 - GL1800A
2017 - GL1800 Audio Comfort

Re: rust cleaning

Post by MikeB » Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:59 am

You could always just replace them. Have you tried to remove them yet? They are tough to get off if they have not been removed in a few years.

There is a set with the header pipes on eBay for about $260 including shipping. Item number 362679912391
MikeB
Tacoma, WA, USA

Good Hondog
Posts: 168
Joined: Sun May 14, 2017 6:56 pm
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100 Interstate

Re: rust cleaning

Post by Good Hondog » Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:56 pm

Phidr wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:04 am
I have a huge build-up up rust on the underside of my mufflers.
It depends on what you mean buy huge build-up. If it is already to the point that the chrome plating is starting to pit through to the steel underneath, or the chrome plating is starting to seperate from the muffler, then it's too late. If it's just a huge build-up of surface rust all over the bottom sides of the mufflers then it still can be saved. Wash the whole exhaust system off with soapy water and then take an SOS pad (those steel wool pads with blue soap inside) and lightly scrub down the exhaust with more soapy water. It's awkward because you'll have to lay on the ground to do it. The rust comes right off doing that. When you're satisfied you've got it all, then wash and rinse it and polish the whole exhaust with Turtle Wax chrome polish or Mothers chrome polish (or whatever you're favorite brand is you already use on your chrome).

pocketchange
Posts: 13
Joined: Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:21 pm
Location: Houston, Texas
Motorcycle: 1994 GL1500 SE

Re: rust cleaning

Post by pocketchange » Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:18 pm

Visit Harbor Freight and pick-up a bag of soldering brushes along with a container of Lime Away.
Soapy water or diluted white wall cleaner will rinse the Lime Away, away..
Then to polish and seal your cleaning project, Quick Glo applied as directed will compliment your efforts by keeping the rust from returning for a few months.. PC

JohnUSA
Posts: 121
Joined: Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:37 am
Location: Tacoma, WA
Motorcycle: 1995 Goldwing TriKing Trike

Re: rust cleaning

Post by JohnUSA » Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:18 am

Vinegar and aluminum foil.

First, clean the grime off.

Generally speaking: Cut 2" squares, dip into vinegar, and wipe back and forth across the affected area.

Or, crumple some foil into a small ball for better hand hold, dip into vinegar, and scrub away.

I have some aluminum brushes for scrubbing the rust out of nooks and crannies. They are kinda fragile, so gotta go at it with a light hand. Dip into vinegar, and give a little scrub.

User avatar
redbug
Posts: 534
Joined: Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:22 am
Location: Broken Arrow,Ok
Motorcycle: 1983 Gl1100I
1986 Harley FLHT

Re: rust cleaning

Post by redbug » Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:15 pm

There are videos of lyme away(green bottle) on chrome on you tube and good results. Also semi-chrome polish is good stuff.
" Riding on Tulsa Time "

User avatar
newday777
Posts: 1214
Joined: Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:21 pm
Location: Milford NH summer and fall Oceanside, CA winters(N San Diego) with lots of miles riden between
Motorcycle: 2008 Cabernet Red. Level 4

1983 GL1100A Wineberry 36,000 miles

1975 CB750 K5 Planet Blue 7,800 miles

1976 CB750 K6 Anterris Red 25,000 miles

Past rides
1999A Restored and sold at 19,000 miles

1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: rust cleaning

Post by newday777 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:11 am

Welcome to the forum Phidr

Pulling the mufflers off to clean them is a good idea. You shouldn't need to immerse them. The Honda chrome is pretty good.
If it's surface rust, I've found that the Turtle wax chrome cleaner and polish with elbo grease works. But you could use clr in small amounts then neutralize it before the cleaner and polishing.



Post Reply