How to Polish Motorcycle Front Forks
Polishing your motorcycle front forks regularly is very important to keep your bike in top shape. Note that dirt, grime and even insects could get lodge in the forks of your bike so make sure that you remove all these things regularly to protect the front forks of your bike from damage. To get started, here is what you need to do:
Step 1 – Clean Your Bike Thoroughly With Soap And Water
Before polishing it, you need to clean your motorcycle thoroughly with soap and water. When washing your motorcycle, take care not to spray water directly into the mufflers. When water gets inside the motorcycle, it could cause internal rust and damage the parts.
Step 2 – Dry Your Motorcycle
After washing, use old rags to dry off your motorcycle. When drying off your bike, check the air cleaner housing and make sure that it is not moist. Remember that once the housing becomes moist or saturated, it will be difficult for you to start your bike.
Step 3 – Clean the Aluminum and Stainless Surfaces of the Forks
Once your motorcycle is clean and dry, you may now start working on the aluminum and stainless surfaces of the forks. When cleaning up the aluminum and stainless steel surfaces of your forks wipe the forks with a dry rag.
Step 4 - Apply Metal Polish on the Surface of the Forks
Put some metal polish on a rag and then apply it on the surface of the motorcycle forks. Use small circulars motions in applying the metal polish on the forks. To apply metal polish in hard to reach areas, wrap the tip of your screwdriver with a piece of rag and then apply metal polish on the rag. Take care not to scratch the aluminum or stainless surface when you apply the polish.
When applying metal polish, take care not to apply the metal polish on areas covered with plastic chrome. Most types of metal polishers contain ingredients that can damage plastic chrome.
After applying the metal polish on the aluminum and stainless surfaces of the fork, wipe off the metal polish with the use of a clean rag. Buff the area where you applied metal polish until it shines.
Step 5 – Polishing Areas Covered with Plastic Chrome
Plastic chrome looks like chrome, but it is actually made of plastic. If some parts of your motorcycle forks are covered with plastic chrome, do not use chrome polish to on this area. Normal chrome polish is too strong and abrasive to polish areas covered with plastic chrome. To clean the plastic chrome, simply use mild cleaner and water. After washing the plastic chrome, use wax to polish it. To apply the wax, put some wax on a piece of rag and then gently apply it on the surface of the plastic chrome. After applying the wax, dry the area with a clean rag or towel.