polishing exhaust?


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  • tech24

Posted November 19, 2010 - 06:50 AM

#1

I'm repacking my silencer this weekend and thought it would be a good time to polish up the pipes a little. Was wondering what you guys use to clean up the stainless. Its not in bad shape just turning a little brown.

  • KJ790

Posted November 19, 2010 - 06:56 AM

#2

If it's really bad (baked on dirt and grime) I use an SOS pad to get it clean, then some fine sand paper to get it silver, then some steel wool to get a good shine to it. This gives it a nice "like new" look, but if you want you can keep going finer with steel wool and then metal polish until it really shines, but it's a lot of work to go that far.

  • tech24

Posted November 19, 2010 - 06:59 AM

#3

that does sound like some work, mine isn't bad at all I usually wipe it down with wd-40 every wash but its just a little brown. Might try some steerl wool and some mothers + 12pk + loud music + pizza + elbow grease!

  • woods-rider

Posted November 19, 2010 - 07:09 AM

#4

Might try some steerl wool and some mothers + 12pk + loud music + pizza + elbow grease!


Sounds like a deadly combination for baked on dirt.:p

  • tech24

Posted November 19, 2010 - 07:23 AM

#5

lol it will not survive

  • dgcars

Posted November 19, 2010 - 08:35 AM

#6

What topping do you order on the pizza for the best shine? :p

  • tech24

Posted November 19, 2010 - 08:45 AM

#7

What topping do you order on the pizza for the best shine? :p


I've found so far that itialian sausage the sliced not the balls does the best job.

  • 95s10nj

Posted November 19, 2010 - 09:19 AM

#8

I usually scrub mine with grey(fine) scuff pad with wd-40. They can be bought at an autobody supply place. I use the same scuff pad to clean the frame up as well.

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  • YamaHawg001

Posted November 19, 2010 - 09:25 AM

#9

Brasso.. Will make stainless shine!

http://www.amazon.co...h/dp/B000VP7IYA

  • tech24

Posted November 19, 2010 - 09:48 AM

#10

I usually scrub mine with grey(fine) scuff pad with wd-40. They can be bought at an autobody supply place. I use the same scuff pad to clean the frame up as well.


I might have those somewhere here got some green ones I know that I think lowes has them too next to the green ones.

Brasso.. Will make stainless shine!

http://www.amazon.co...h/dp/B000VP7IYA


Might give that stuff a try once my mothers runs out, the price sure is good.

  • brentn

Posted November 19, 2010 - 11:26 AM

#11

that does sound like some work, mine isn't bad at all I usually wipe it down with wd-40 every wash but its just a little brown. Might try some steerl wool and some mothers + 12pk + loud music + pizza + elbow grease!


Yea!!! haha, sounds like a plan woohoo!

  • Herdie

Posted November 19, 2010 - 09:34 PM

#12

i use (never dull) its like soft steel wool with the polish soaked in already, n for the frame n reall dirty spots i use the sandin pads i had left over from a headlight cleanin kit, it has a drill attachment to save them elbows, but always finish with a nice soft n clean sham!!

  • tech24

Posted November 22, 2010 - 11:48 AM

#13

Thanks for the tips guys. I scrubbed with a scotch bite and wd-40 then ended up wet sanding it with 1000 and 2000 grit sandpaper and then polishing it with mothers. Some off it shined like chrome. I didn't get all the discoloration out but overall turned out better than expected and looks pretty nice (for now). I will try some other stuff you guys mentioned next time but I had this stuff on hand already.

Edited by tech24, November 22, 2010 - 12:59 PM.


  • brentn

Posted November 22, 2010 - 02:07 PM

#14

Thanks for the tips guys. I scrubbed with a scotch bite and wd-40 then ended up wet sanding it with 1000 and 2000 grit sandpaper and then polishing it with mothers. Some off it shined like chrome. I didn't get all the discoloration out but overall turned out better than expected and looks pretty nice (for now). I will try some other stuff you guys mentioned next time but I had this stuff on hand already.


Can you post a picture?

  • Old_604

Posted November 22, 2010 - 02:12 PM

#15

How long does the shine last for you guys?

I'm just curious as to how much effort goes in terms of rides/washes.

  • tech24

Posted November 22, 2010 - 02:23 PM

#16

Can you post a picture?


Crap I knew this question was coming. I should've done a before and after which I thought of right after I bolted it back on. Not sure if I can get a good pic with it on the bike. If I remember my camera I'll try this weekend.

How long does the shine last for you guys?

I'm just curious as to how much effort goes in terms of rides/washes.


I don't know but I'm gonna assume not very long but I figure if I do it every repack then it won't get totally nasty over time.





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