Some people don’t realize how amazing steel wool really is. When I was in college, restoring bikes on shoe-string budgets (still kind of am), this product became a great friend.
At first, I couldn’t get out of my head the fact that steel wool is the same stuff that Brillo is made out of – the stuff my mom used to use to scrub pots.
But then, I saw that there were numerous different grades, almost like sandpaper. I don’t know if it was a recommendation from my friends at the local hardware store or experimentation, but I discovered that the combination of #0000 grade steel wool and a good metal polish could really make some old parts shine.
The trick is that the #0000 grade steel wool is so fine that it won’t damage the metal surface, even painted ones. Over the course of college, I probably bought dozens of packages of the stuff. It became my go-to product for cleaning, polishing, and shining my motorcycles.
Disclaimer: some of the links on this page might be affiliate links. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Click here to learn more.
Anyways, in case you have never tried steel wool for polishing up old parts, I thought I would throw the idea out there. Hope it helps and enjoy. Like everything else you can buy it on Amazon.
Didn’t find what you needed in this particular post? Check out the HappyWrench Motorcycle Repair Link Database. It is a one-stop shop for all your DIY motorcycle repair information needs.