The best chrome polish for motorcycle exhausts
Keeping chrome parts on a motorcycle looking spick and span is essential. Dull and lifeless chrome all but ruins the look of cruisers and touring motorcycles. A number of cleaning products claim to be the best but we settle for nothing but the cream of the crop.
Chemical Guys chrome polush has been a fan favorite among professional detailers and amateurs alike. It comes as no surprise that their Heavy Metal Polish Restorer and Protectant works so well in most every scenario. The polish revitalizes old chrome and works even on other metal surfaces, making it the go-to choice for all your polishing needs.
Other brands such as Cycle Care and Blue Magic also offer great products albeit at different price points. Read on to find the one best suited for your motorcycle exhaust.
Chemical Heavy Metal Polish Restorer and Protectant
Overall best chrome polish
What makes the ‘Chemical Guys Heavy Metal Polish’ easily recommendable is the long list of uses and benefits. Not only will this polish breathe new life into your bike’s chrome features, it will also work to rejuvenate other metal surfaces.
‘Heavy Metal’ removes contaminants while simultaneously improving the gloss and shine of your exhaust. The company’s micro polishing formula employs advanced protection polymers that work at the microscopic level to lift grime and replace it with a protective layer. We used on our Ninja 300 exhaust and the end product looked brand new.
Plus, it has the added benefit of being usable for stainless steel, so it can brighten up exhausts on other bikes as well. Despite the name, the compound itself is not too dense and is fairly easy to buff out with even a clean towel or microfiber cloth.
‘Heavy Metal’ completely transforms old chrome to near factory spec. However, if your chrome has excessive oxidation and ‘pitting’, even this reliable chrome exhaust polish may not suffice. It works flawlessly for the vast majority of cases, but heavy pitting and deeply ingrained contaminants may persist even after multiple passes.
That said, we have yet to encounter another polish that works in basically every situation and yields such fantastic results.
- Works on many metallic surfaces
- Easy application and buffing
- Produces a mirror shine
- Not ideal for deeper pitting
Cycle Care Formula M Chrome
Best premium chrome polish
- Premium quality
- Used by professionals
- Pumice, grit free to reduce scratching
- Leaves a protective layer around chrome
- Highest gloss factor
- Requires bit more effort to buff out
- Not ideal for first timers
Blue Magic Chrome Polish Cream
Best budget chrome polish
- Cheap and affordable
- Suitable for basically any metallic surface
- Long lasting protection from oxidation
- Also usable on fiberglass
- Gives off very strong ammonia smell
- Quick to dry
- Become very hard if left on for long periods