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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-08-2016, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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I want to use a garage mat under my Bonnie, which is good for any grime/oil etc dropped. But is there a product you can soak the mat in to prevent chrome rims etc from rusting eg. a rust inhibiter / oil that protects the bike from dampness. Plan to store the bike in my garage with a cycle cover over it. Any ideas???


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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-08-2016, 09:34 AM
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I don't think it works that way... maybe there's something you could coat the chrome in to protect it from pitting, I don't know. My advice would be to get a good dehumidifier for your garage, and to make sure that the cycle cover "breathes" rather than anything that's going trap moisture (the way a tarp would), otherwise the cover will only accelerate the rust.
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I don't think it works that way... maybe there's something you could coat the chrome in to protect it from pitting, I don't know. My advice would be to get a good dehumidifier for your garage, and to make sure that the cycle cover "breathes" rather than anything that's going trap moisture (the way a tarp would), otherwise the cover will only accelerate the rust.
+1, good post.

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I give my bike a WD-40 bath before storage.


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Pig mats work well for oil. Can't help on the chrome.
https://www.newpig.com/pig-absorbent-mat-pad/p/MAT203
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This is what I do as well and have never had any problems.
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This is what I do as well and have never had any problems.
Just had a discussion about this with a pal. This is NOT the purpose of WD-40. He didn't believe me and had to research for himself.

WD-40:

“When it dries it leaves a varnish that attracts moisture in the air. That is what leads to rust. I have seen guns sprayed with WD-40 then stored away for a year or so that were one solid mass of rust, completely ruined. It does displace moisture until it dries out."

Had that happen to my Browning Medalist in the '60's stored inside its presentation case indoors!

Told him to use ACF-50 which he will now do.

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When I lived in the NE USA I had to store a bike and a sports car in the garage every winter.

Make sure as others have noted that you get a breathable, i.e. an INDOOR cover. Unless the garage floor is actually damp you really shouldn't have an issue with that much moisture from the floor and the breathable cover will not trap it because it isn't waterproof.

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I've used this before and had good results.
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