How to: Restore tarnished alloy


I don’t think there’s a more satisfying job to do in the garage than restoring an alloy part – scrubbing away all those years of muck to make a part look like new again is highly rewarding.

The massive dopamine shot the result dumps into your brain means you quickly develop a keen streak of motivation to take on the rest of the bike.

So, here’s our step-by-step guide to get your alloy shining again…

  1. Identify sad alloy

Tarnished alloy parts really drag down the look of your bike. Over time, components like footrest hangers, top yokes and fork stanchions can lose their lustre and look grey and scabby thanks to the oxidising effects of time and use. Fortunately, they can be brought back to their best with a large dose of elbow grease. Here’s how…