Motorcycle Rust Removal
Remove rust from motorcycle gas tanks, exhaust pipes, and other motorcycle parts with Metal Rescue.
Metal Rescue Rust Remover is perfect for motorcyclists who want to remove rust from their bike, gas tanks, or other rusty motorcycle parts.
Every day we hear from bikers who tell us of their success in using Metal Rescue BATH to remove rust from their gas tank. They love that it is water-based and that there is no need for worry about splashes or spills on themselves or on the outside of the tank.
Rust in the gas tank? No problem. For chrome parts and bike accessories, users love Metal Rescue BATH for parts that can easily be soaked. Metal Rescue GEL is the ideal product for exterior or spot rust. Metal Rescue is true to its words “safe on everything except rust” because it doesn’t disturb most paints, rubber, plastic, glass, clothing, seals or other surface coatings.*
*Metal Rescue should not remove or harm paint coatings — with a few exceptions. See details in our FAQ section.
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Use Metal Rescue to clean rust off of motorcycle parts such as:
METAL RESCUE RUST REMOVER FOR MOTORCYCLE PARTS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Metal Rescue is a non-toxic rust remover designed to remove rust from iron and steel. Whether you choose the ready-to-use BATH; CONCENTRATE (simply add one gallon of water) or the adhesive GEL, Metal Rescue is clean, safe, easy to use and perfectly suited for the motorcyclist determined to get their bike looking and running clean. The entire line of Metal Rescue is non-toxic, environmentally friendly and biodegradable; it removes rust without etching or removing properties of the metal; and once rust is removed leaves clean, bare metal ready for use or additional processing.
Equally as important, our motorcycle customers find that Metal Rescue is true to its words “Safe on Everything Except Rust” as they use it to remove rust without disturbing paint, seals and other surface coatings.**
**Metal Rescue should not remove or harm paint coatings — with a few exceptions. See details in our FAQ section.
Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath is a rust remover designed for iron and steel. It is non-toxic, non-hazardous, clean, safe and easy to use. Metal Rescue works through chelation technology—Metal Rescue’s rust removal ability is due to the chelation’s attraction to iron oxide. Chelation technology works by surrounding the iron oxide particles (more familiarly known as rust) during the bath or soak and lifting them from the metal surface. Metal Rescue pulls the rust right off of the iron and steel—it literally acts like a magnet to rust.
Metal Rescue will not harm rubber, plastic, clothing, glass, and other surfaces that are unharmed by water alone. Metal Rescue does not harm the vast majority of paint coatings—with a few exceptions:
#1. If there is a layer of rust has formed under the paint some of the paint coating will be lost as Metal Rescue removes the rust and therefore the paint on top of the rust.
#2. Some paints and inks (typically red/orange), especially old paints, may use iron oxide pigment. Metal Rescue has been engineered to remove iron oxide in all forms, therefore it may dissolve the pigment in these types of paints.
#3. Painted metal items with flaking or cracking surfaces or chipping/deteriorating paint or coatings may not be suited for prolonged soaking–whether it is Metal Rescue or plain water–and may experience unexpected damage.
We strongly advise that “when in doubt, test it out.” Test a small, unseen area on the items before proceeding with your project. Download our Metal Rescue Rust Remover Vintage Painted Items Tip Sheet for additional information.
Metal Rescue is also safe on other metals as long as they are not left in a Metal Rescue soak too long. If using Metal Rescue on any of the following metals, be sure to check them approximately every hour so as not to damage the surface under the oxidation layer: aluminum, brass, copper, chrome, gold, lead, nickel, silver, titanium, tungsten, solder or solder points.
When using Metal Rescue BATH, the amount is truly dependent on the amount of rust present or the size of the rusty surface area. One gallon of Metal Rescue Rust Remover Bath will remove about ½ lb of pure rust or approximately 10 square feet of moderately rusted steel. When removing rust from gas tanks, we have found that completely filling the tank with Metal Rescue is quicker and maximizes the results.
An alternate method for fuel or gas tanks is to use enough Metal Rescue to fill half of the tank. Pour the Metal Rescue right into the gas tank and soak it on one side for several hours and then rotate to the other side, again leaving it for several hours. You may also want to rotate the tank right side up and upside down, allowing the proper amount of soak time with each rotation.
When using Metal Rescue GEL for spot rust, one 17.64 ounce jar of GEL covers approx. 230 sq. in. of surface area.
Metal Rescue Rust Remover BATH is a clean, safe and easy process for the removal of rust from the inside or outside of your motorcycle gas tank. When used as directed, Metal Rescue will remove rust without harming the vast majority of paint coatings** or other dissimilar materials in your motorcycle fuel tank. (**See question below: Will Metal Rescue remove or harm the paint on my bike? for complete details.)
To make things easy, Workshop Hero put together step-by-step instructions for the successful use of Metal Rescue in gas tank rust removal. Download our Metal Rescue Gas Tank Rust Removal Tip Sheet ›
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Metal Rescue GEL can be used on any size area of rust as long as you have the ability to keep it moist using common household plastic wrap. We recommend limiting the application of GEL to surface areas no larger than approx 15 inches by 15 inches at a time (which is equal to the coverage capacity of one jar of GEL) if applied at 1/8” thick as indicated in the instructions for use.
If using Metal Rescue BATH, consider submerging only half of your item — soak your rusty part on one side for several hours and then rotate to the other side, again soaking for several hours. You may also want to rotate the item right side up and upside down, allowing the proper amount of soak time with each rotation. BATH can also be sprayed onto the metal surface of an item but the spray must be continuous (through the use of a continuous spray washer) until the rust has been dissolved.
Metal Rescue will not remove or harm the vast majority of paint coatings, with a few exceptions. #1. If there is a layer of rust has formed under the paint some of the paint coating will be lost as Metal Rescue removes the rust and therefore the paint on top of the rust. #2. Some paints and inks (typically red/orange), especially old paints, may use iron oxide pigment. Metal Rescue has been engineered to remove iron oxide in all forms, therefore it may dissolve the pigment in these types of paints. #3. Painted metal items with flaking or cracking surfaces or chipping/deteriorating paint or coatings may not be suited for prolonged soaking–whether it is Metal Rescue or plain water–and may experience unexpected damage. We strongly advise that “when in doubt, test it out.” Test a small, unseen area on the items before proceeding with your project. Download our Metal Rescue Rust Remover Vintage Painted Items Tip Sheet for additional information.
We recommend that a gas tank liner or sealer only be used as a last resort. If there are holes exposed in the gas tank as a result of the rust removal, we suggest welding or brazing them from the outside. Variances in the different gasolines and additives available today can result in tank liner/sealer breakdown, which can make the sealer very difficult to remove and can leave you with problems in your fuel tank.
Before placing metal motorcycle parts or accessories in Metal Rescue, pre-clean to remove items such as heavy greases, lubricants, and similar materials that could act as a barrier between Metal Rescue and the surface of the metal. This will speed up the rust removal process and extend the life of the Metal Rescue.
For optimal results, review the 3-Step How to Use Metal Rescue BATH instructions.
For optimal results using GEL, follow the How To Use Metal Rescue GEL instructions.
Dry Coat Rust Preventative is the key to keeping your motorcycle rust free, especially during the “off season”! Dry Coat is a water-based liquid that provides a clear protective coating on metal to prevent rust from forming, we like to say “Invisible Protection, Visible Results.” Dry Coat dries-to-the-touch within 30 minutes in ambient conditions. It leaves no sticky or tacky feel and does not attract dirt or dust. It is non-hazardous and easily washes off using mild detergents or common metal cleaning solutions. Dry Coat is safe to use on ferrous metals, stainless steel and will not harm most elastomers or plastics and it provides protection for up to one year for items stored indoors.
Dry Coat is easy to apply. Step-by-step instructions are available at: Apply Dry Coat.