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post #1 of 18 Old 08-27-2006, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cleanin' exhaust

Anyone have any idea to clean off spots and general aging on the header pipes? Clearly the dirt isnt much a concern, it will just come back, but there is heavy... oxidation? possibly anyhow spots i would like to get off. Any thoughts would be helpful, maybe a silver polish?

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post #2 of 18 Old 08-28-2006, 12:04 AM
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I usually just use "Curly Girl" scourers.
They're a stainless steel, wire wool, pot scrubber.
Don't know if they're called that in the States though, but there's bound to be a similar product available.
Use with plenty of plain clean water and go at the pipes with the "Curly Girl" like you're jackin' 'em off...
(Yeah, I know, but I guarantee you all know what I'm talking about!)

Anyway, the steel wool won't scratch up the pipes 'cause they're a pretty tough stainless steel themselves. But try it on a small un-noticable area first just in case.

I haven't tried polish, but I would suspect that any polishes are likely to cause some discoloration if any residue goes through any heat cycles. That's why I've not bothered myself.


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If your pipes are lookin' nasty; starting off with a polish just isn't going to cut it.
Check out the sticky thread at the top of the naked forum under Heplful How-To's.

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400 grit followed by 600 grit wet sandpaper and soap n water.

Works like a charm!!

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Scotchbrite pads work as well.




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400 grit followed by 600 grit wet sandpaper and soap n water.

Works like a charm!!
I do this with penetrating oil. It seems to dissolve the spots as you sand. I think this winter my headers goin' to Jet Hot. This sucks to have them look so crappy all the time.

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post #7 of 18 Old 08-28-2006, 02:39 PM
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When you get the pipes looking really good, get your hands on some Mothers Mag and Aluminum Polish if you can, and finish them off.

This was Mike's (m51142) tip, and it is an excellent one.

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I was wondering if this caused the color of the downpipes to change to more of a silver color rather than the more heat treated yellow color that it origionally has(or at least mine has). The reason I ask is that when I tried a chrome polish on it, it started to remove the yellow color.

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A good polish and a drimel with a pad takes some time but gives you a mirror finish..

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post #10 of 18 Old 08-29-2006, 08:45 PM
 
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Here's what happened when I just wet sanded them:





After one ride they turned gold again.

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nice dramatic change... but sure a lot of work for one "clean" ride. But they sure did look purdy!!!


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What do you think of this polishing job?


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What do you think of this polishing job?
I think that comes from a man who's experienced a lot of his hand going up and down.
The 919 looks good with clean pipes.

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Looks like the handy work of Polishin McGroin to me!

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Looks like the handy work of Polishin McGroin to me!
Or, if you can get the foreign accent down, Rubin Oneout.:euro:

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You guys are just jealous, it takes stamina to get your pipes to shine.

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You guys are just jealous, it takes stamina to get your pipes to shine.

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No wonder Mike's pipes are shinier than mine!!

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