Maintenance: cleaning stainless steel bumpers

Maintenance: cleaning stainless steel bumpers

Isn't it wonderful when a classic car with shiny bumpers is approaching? What is the best way to maintain my bumpers? How can I polish my bumpers? We are happy to explain how stainless steel bumpers can be kept in top condition.

What do you need?

  • Water
  • Sponge
  • 2 microfiber cloths
  • High-gloss polish *

* Please pay attention! There are countless polishing products on the market. For our stainless steel bumpers, it is important that a polish without abrasive is used. Many polishes for chrome contain a sharpener (fine grains). This is because the chrome top layer is hard and rust can be sanded away (temporarily). This polish is not suitable for stainless steel. It is simply too coarse, which can scratch the bumper. The right polish for stainless steel and chrome is available here in our online shop.

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1)      Remove all dirt (mud, sand and other dirt) with water and a sponge. Use a lot of water to rinse away any sand. Sand can cause scratches if not removed properly before polishing.

2)      Dry and clean the bumper.

3)      Shake the packaging of the polish for 1 to 2 minutes.

4)      Apply the polish evenly, in a small amount and with light pressure to the bumper. Use a clean and dry microfiber cloth for this.

5)      Let the polish dry on the bumper for 4 minutes.

6)      Rub the polish off with a clean cloth (cotton or microfiber). Another option is the use of a polishing wheel.

7)      Enjoy the shiny end result!

Scratches or damage?

Of course it is a shame if bumpers get damaged, for example by a scratch or a dent. The big advantage of stainless steel over chrome is that scratches can be polished away. With chrome, the top layer is damaged. The result is that rust eventually develops and the top layer peels off. This is not the case with stainless steel. Scratches can be removed by polishing. Dents can also be repaired. We will show this later in a blog post.


With the right products, it is easy to maintain the stainless steel bumpers. With regular maintenance the bumper remains optimally protected against the weather. This keeps the bumper in top condition. With little time and effort the bumpers retain their shine for many years.