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Old 10-19-2012, 05:21 PM   #1
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Chrome Exhaust Issue

So, I, embarrassingly, let my exhaust tips go (Haven't cleaned them since I got the car a month and a half ago). Now they are super oxidized. So, I went and got Mother's Chrome Polish, and I've applied it a few times and buffed it off with no obvious improvement. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Old 10-19-2012, 05:26 PM   #2
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Now that I think of it, I'm not 100% they're actually chrome. Stainless Steel maybe?
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:32 PM   #3
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I clean mine stainless steel tips with soap and water and use Jewelers rouge and a soft cloth to make them shiny.
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:34 PM   #4
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I think they're past that point. I was using a terry cloth with the Mother's and pushing into it pretty hard. I can't imagine that soap and water would be better, but I'm home, so I can give it a try.
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:35 PM   #5
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I'm assuming you tried soap and water first, correct?

Just saw your post above, it's the first thing you want to try, as long as their cool to the touch....hose down with water, all purpose cleaner (Adams or equivalent) and try again
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:48 PM   #6
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Didn't do that first. I'll try as soon as they cool off.
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:50 PM   #7
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:53 PM   #8
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The FlowMaster uses polished stainless for the tips. The biggest problem you are having is heat from the headers and cats. You will have to use a good polish and start over with them. You will need a lot of time and elbow grease to bring them back.

If you have to, start with a 1500 - 2000 grit paper or scotch bright. Then use a car polish followed by tooth PASTE.
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:54 PM   #9
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I reread this in his voice.... ahaha!
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Didn't do that first. I'll try as soon as they cool off.
Ohh I see...wait till your exhaust tips and wheels are cool always....specific cleaners and heat dislike each other and will more often than not discolor your rim or whatever
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:58 PM   #11
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The FlowMaster uses polished stainless for the tips. The biggest problem you are having is heat from the headers and cats. You will have to use a good polish and start over with them. You will need a lot of time and elbow grease to bring them back.

If you have to, start with a 1500 - 2000 grit paper or scotch bright. Then use a car polish followed by tooth PASTE.
Wait, what? Sand paper? Tooth paste? I know what you mean about the elbow grease though. I was really laying into it to get a small amount of the black stuff off.
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:02 PM   #12
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Wait, what? Sand paper? Tooth paste? I know what you mean about the elbow grease though. I was really laying into it to get a small amount of the black stuff off.

LOL ... Start with just some car polish and see if that works. The problem you are having is, the heat from the headers is baking all the gunk on.

Start light, you can always increase the abrasiveness of what you are using.
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LOL ... Start with just some car polish and see if that works. The problem you are having is, the heat from the headers is baking all the gunk on.

Start light, you can always increase the abrasiveness of what you are using.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:33 PM   #14
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I would deff buy a can of never dull!! I have a yamaha banshee that is all chrome and polished.this stuff cleans everything back to a shine.DO NOT use sandpaper it will scratch them forever !!
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Here's what I just used on my Maganflow Stainless tips: A LIGHT touch of fine steel wool for the stuck on parts, then I hit them with Mother's Billet polish. They cam out perfect. They were all brownish black and corroded looking. Here's the result:

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Old 10-20-2012, 01:26 PM   #16
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Here's what I just used on my Maganflow Stainless tips: A LIGHT touch of fine steel wool for the stuck on parts, then I hit them with Mother's Billet polish. They cam out perfect. They were all brownish black and corroded looking. Here's the result:

Definitely this. Keep the sand paper and toothpaste away.

A light touch with 0000 steel wool is all you'll need. Then any sort of billet polish will work nicely. You can buy mother's in any walmart or anywhere else and it works very well.

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