Best motorcycle chrome cleaner

Turn your bike’s brightwork into true ‘bling’ with the right polishes and cleaners

Polished chrome on a motorbike

by Jim Blackstock |

We all know that the best way to look after your bike and keep it looking its best is by adhering to a regular regime of thorough cleaning – both to ward off corrosion and present it in the best light.

But cleaning a bike properly involves much more than merely a bucket of soapy water and a sponge. Electrical items need to be protected, greasy items degreased then relubricated, painted surfaces sometimes benefit from a T-Cut or at least a wax and polish while metal surfaces often require their own dedicated cleansers and regimes, too.

Chief among these, of course, is chrome. And while the ultra-reflective plated surface can go in and out of fashion, particularly with sportsbikes, it remains a constant on others, such as customs and cruisers.

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But looking after it and making the chrome on your bike look its very best requires specialist products. After all, an abrasive cleaner will destroy its sheen while the wrong types of chemical cleaners can result in discolouration.

But what’s out there? What are the different types of chrome cleaner or polish? And what do you get for your money? Here’s our pick of some of the best to help you choose.

Autosol 250ml Liquid

Autosol 250ml Liquid
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Autosol is one of the longest-established and most respected names in automotive cleaning products and their liquid chrome cleaner is a best seller and highly rated.

It’s claimed to provide protection against rust and tarnish as well as producing a brilliant reflective shine and is said to be especially useful for motorcycles. Apply sparingly with a lint-free cloth, allow to dry and then polish off with a dry cloth and the job’s done!

Pros:

Proven brand

Easy to use

Great results

Con:

Very mildly abrasive so apply carefully

Motul E6 Chrome & Alu Polish

Motul E6 Chrome & Alu Polish

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An automotive polishing cream from a proven petrochemical manufacturer that has been designed specifically for chrome and aluminium on motorcycles and is claimed to be u2018perfect for cleaning and restoring old metalu2019.

Apply liberally with a lint-free cloth, rub vigorously to clean, polish and revive the metal surface concerned (and even, they say, remove surface rust), leave the polish to dry and then finally remove with another clean cloth or duster.

Pros:

Reputable manufacturer

Easy to use

Good price

Con:

Very slightly abrasive

Turtle Wax All Metal Polish

Turtle Wax All Metal Polish
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Turtle Wax are probably the other leading brand when it comes to automotive polishes and cleaners and its flagship chrome-cleaning product is this liquid All Metal Polish.

It’s suitable for all metal surfaces including chrome, aluminium and stainless steel and is claimed to contain advanced polishing agents which remove contaminants, oxidation and even fine scratches to provide clarity and to deliver a high-level shine and protection.

Pros:

Again, respected brand

Also easy to use

Can be used on variety of metals

Con:

Also mildly abrasive so apply carefully

3M Chrome and Metal Polish

3M Chrome and Metal Polish
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Yes, a more expensive offering but 3Mu2019s chrome polish comes highly recommended and, as itu2019s in cream rather than liquid form, which is why it also comes in a jar, not a bottle, youu2019re also less likely to spill or waste it and more likely to use it sparingly.

Again, polish in with a lint-free cloth before rubbing off with a clean cloth. Also note that, while good for restoring tarnished chrome, it is slightly abrasive so can dull the finish of bright chrome ever so slightly.

Pros:

Well rated

Cream not liquid form

Easy to use

Con:

Pricier than many

Jenolite Metal Polish Spray
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Hereu2019s a tempting, practical alternative to the conventional liquid or cream chrome and metal polishes.

The Jenolite aerosol polish comes out like shaving foam, is designed for cars and motorcycles and is claimed to be a fast-acting polish that removes grease, grime and dirt to leave a protective film helping your bike’s chrome stay clean for longer. Simply spray on, leave, then wipe or buff off for a streak-free shine.

Pros:

Doddle to use

Quick and clean

Less abrasive than many

Con:

Less effective on heavy tarnishing

Blue Job Chrome Exhaust Polish

Blue Job Chrome Exhaust Polish
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Another different form for a chrome polish u2013 this time a fine powder. Blue Job is specifically designed to clean chrome motorcycle exhausts, even removing the u2018blueingu2019 (hence the name) and again is highly rated.

It’s a unique, high concentration, non-abrasive powder which you apply minimally with a damp cloth (and a lot of elbow grease). It’s guaranteed to remove chrome exhaust tarnishes and to add a long-lasting shine.

Pros:

Clean, dry powder format

Specifically designed for motorcycle exhausts

Claimed to remove ‘blueing’

Con:

Pricier than some

Mothers California Gold Chrome Polish

Mothers California Gold Chrome Polish
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Another highly-rated chrome polish, and this time more of a cream than a liquid or wax. This US product is claimed to be thick, rich and easy to use and gently deep cleans and brightens chrome parts, whether on your car or bike.

It’s also said to use advanced polymers to help protect against fingerprints, spots or even rust and corrosion and will not streak, scratch or smear.

Pros:

Easy to apply

Decent value

Well rated

Con:

Less effective for heavy tarnishes

Car Pride Chrome Polish

Car Pride Chrome Polish
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Yes, as its name suggest, this is an automotive chrome polish thatu2019s aimed directly at car use rather than bikes, but it gets decent rating and is reasonable value so is more than worth a mention here.

It’s a cream that comes in a 70ml tube so is similar to the Autosol cream version. Again, simply apply with a clean, lint-free cloth, leave, then polish off. As it’s mildly abrasive it’ll revive light marks and tarnishes but not deeper ones.

Pros:

Great value

Decent ratings

Easy to use

Con:

Less well known than most

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