How to Restore a Motorcycle Engine Case

What You'll Need
Buffing cloths
Baking soda

Restoring your motorcycle engine is one of the simplest things you can do to make your cycle stand out. There are many options to choose from when you are shining up that engine. Below you can find out a bit of information on several different ways to get a shining result.

Step 1 - Clean, Pre-wax, Polish, and Wax

First you will want to simply wash it. Get rid of the grime, grease, dirt, and any old wax. Then use rags to apply pre wax and buffing cloths to buff it out. Give it a coat of polish using the same techniques you used when applying the wax. Lastly, apply two coats of wax. These are the steps you follow when completing one of the most tried and true ways to make a bike shine. This of course stands true when you are dealing with your engine case as well.

Step 2 - Local Shop

A lot of cycle owners are bringing their bikes to the local body shop to have them spun in a machine that sprays a combination of very hot water and detergent. This method has become very popular. Of course, this method is probably the most expensive way to do things as well. This machine, however, does make sure that the gunk comes off and the silver shines.

Step 3 - Sand Blasting

This is exactly what it sounds like. A machine blasts sand onto your bike to strip off road debris. This option is not the most popular among cycle owners, due to the fact that it may scratch depending on how close the spray is and exactly how it is applied as well as taken off.

Step 4 - Hot, Hot, Hot

double boiler on a lit gas stovetop burner

Like the above stated, you can bring your motorcycle engine case in to the local automotive shop and have a machine do the work. Or, you could make a machine yourself using a stock pot on the stove. Bring the water to a very high temperature and add a cleaning agent. Next, add your parts to the hot water for cleaning.

Step 5 - Soda Blasting

This is a newer technique that is more common than sandblasting, but uses the same concept. This is done by using baking soda instead of sand, but the baking soda dissolves in the end, so you do not have to worry about any damage being done to your bike when using this technique.

Step 6 - Dishwasher

Not just for dishes anymore. Dishwashers are a great appliance to use when wanting to shine up your cycle engine case. Running these parts through some very hot and high cycles a couple different times will give you almost, if not the same effect, a technical machine will.