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Hi all,

I'm an all-season rider, and staying on top of cleaning isn't easy in winter, but I make an effort with maintenance and cleaning off road salt.

The rear axle nuts and shifter linkage have got a little chalky and oxidised though - anyone got some tips to get the shine back?
 

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That salt removed a little amount of material from those parts, so you can't do anything quick and really effective. The only ways is replacing or re-painting those parts, you choose the less expensive one!
 

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Hi all,

I'm an all-season rider, and staying on top of cleaning isn't easy in winter, but I make an effort with maintenance and cleaning off road salt.

The rear axle nuts and shifter linkage have got a little chalky and oxidised though - anyone got some tips to get the shine back?
Once the plating has been damaged or removed and oxidation has started, everything you do is temporary.

Removing the oxidation is the first step, and a chemical conversion coat will help neutralize it, but also usually removes any plating that is left. About the only thing to do is remove the oxidation, maybe with some soft steelwool, and try some type of corrosion protector.

I just purchased some CRC Heavy Duty Marine Corrosion Inhibitor to try. It's kind of waxy, but isn't really sticky.

WD-40 Specialist Corrosion Inhibitor (not just regular WD-40) is another similar product.

I think that's about all you can do if you don't want to replace the part. Some parts could be media blasted, chemically treated, and powder coated or painted to prevent them from corroding but that wouldn't work well on something like the axle nut.
 
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