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    Removing small rust spots on front fork

    Hi all, seeking some advice after I recently noticed some small rust spots on one side of the front fork. Generally I keep bike under covers (as it's outside - under patio but angle of rain can still get it), I'm guessing the cause of these spots is some rogue rain. It's a honda cbf250 and (correct me if I'm wrong) the frame's steel so I was thinking using something like CLR or other rust remover?

    Your thoughts/auggestions greatly appreciated

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    Dude, it's MORE likely to be from bug splats and stone chipping when riding. That's pretty normal. All you can do is religiously clean them each ride to prevent it.
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    if you want to touch them up get a strip of emery cloth and scuff it back.
    Chrome is HARD so don't stress in damaging it! You will see fine lines, but so long as you scuff it with moderate pressure you'll remove the rust without damaging the chrome. You'll still have the pitting that the rust has come through from but keep looking after the fork with cleaning and wiping down with CRC or similar and you'll have less issue.

    Most of your rust spots are not in the working area of the fork so it's just cosmetic really. can turn the forks around if you don't want the pitting/rust showing. Undo pinch bolts and turn upper shaft.
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    I've gently used fine steel wool. Once it starts its hard to stop because the microscopic pits are there so maybe wipe it with something like Inox afterwards.
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    Theres a tip floating around the interwebs ( mainly from bicycle sites) about using balled up aluminium foil wetted down with either metal polish or wd40 to clean up rust spotting on chrome. I tried it out myself and it works wonders ! The main advantage that you get from using this method is that you cannot scratch your finish in any way. Just remember to use fresh foil regularly, as after it compresses and smooths out its effectiveness is deminished. I also found the metal polish seemed to work better than the wd40.

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    Green kitchen scouring pad and WD40.

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    And wash the bike with CT 18 as it has rust inhibitors in it ..
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    I just gently use an angle grinder and a relatively soft disc. Works wonders, just don't press too hard.

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    autosol!

    keeps the forks, pipes and all chrome on the bike nice and shiny

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    I've used Autosol applied to belt-sized strips of material that I pull it back and forth like I'm trying to light a fire, does a nice job of round things like fork legs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmo View Post
    Green kitchen scouring pad and WD40.
    +1. Saved me posting it.
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