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exhaust cleaner/polish

Discussion in 'Chat & Tech Info' started by francod123, Jun 19, 2014.

  1. francod123

    francod123 Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Can anyone recommend a good cleaner/polish for a natural stainless steel exhaust system. I am fixing an oil leak now but have some baked on oil spots from where the oil was blowing from the cylinder fins onto the manifolds that I would like to clean/polish off without removing the finish, etc. Thanks in advance.
     
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    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Start with Scothbrite or steel wool, then use any commercially available (non-clear coat) metal polish. If you want it chrome like, the more you polish, the brighter it will get.
     
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    I've had good luck with Bar Keepers Friend, a powder sold in grocery stores to polish stainless steel pots and appliances. I use it with a ceramic stovetop scrubber pad. With a little elbow grease, it removes the tar, bugs, water stains, even heat discoloration, without scratching the shine like steel wool or fine sandpaper. Blue-Job metal polishing powder and pads also do a great job, but cost a lot more.
     
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    Purple Polish + elbow grease
     
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    francod123 Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Thanks for the tips guys. I'm not going for a shine. The exhaust is not a polished stainless steel look. It's just a natural finish so shine is not what I want.
     
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    uzidzit Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    none better or faster I have found than polishing soap, this is a cake you use with a cloth and water....it was made for silver smiths.

    S100 sells it also wonderful stuff, also Marine polishes work very well.

    strangely Marvel mystery oil sopped on and allowed to soak or Aerokroil will remove carbon and gummy stuff better than just about anything else, then polish with the polish soap.

    maroon scotchbrite pads are about the right grit for most brush finish exhaust ss.
     
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    ghezzi High Miler GT Contributor

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    Gee Tony, wouldn't the grease stain his pipes just like the engine oil? :?
     
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    Oz1200Guzzi High Miler

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    only if his elbows leak...
    :silly:
     
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    Android Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    I would steer clear of the Scotch Brite unless you want a brushed satin finish.

    I have had quite a bit of sucess with a short bristle (1/4-3/8") brass wire brush to remove road grime with out scratching the stainless
     
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    rupert8s Just got it firing!

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    I would use #0000 steel wool to remove the stain.
     
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    rdtricks Just got it firing!

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    #0000 and Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish have been used successfully to bring back the Stainless Steel and Chrome on my cycle. Oh yeah, forgot to mention elbow grease as another essential ingredient.
     
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    dazza Just got it firing!

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    Auto sol make a liquid polish that works really well on road grim on stainless exhaust.
     
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    KRHguzi Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I used "Scum Blaster" on Stainless exhaust with great results It removed a decades worth of baked on oil and road grim off the exhaust.
    Like all acid based cleaner keep it off the aluminum.
     
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    Kevin Ballowe Tuned and Synch'ed

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    What about good old "chrome cleaner" ?

    Can ya use chrome cleaner ?

    I have a huge bottle of "Turtle Wax Chrome Cleaner and Protectorate" and need to find new uses for it.
     
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    David Griffiths Just got it firing!

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    I found purple polish the best.
     
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    Best stuff I have found in NZ for the 1200S pipes is Polaris Stainless Steel cleaner. It's a white powder you apply with a damp cloth and it works a treat. Far better the Autosol.
     
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    Vinegar and kitchen foil. (Aluminium or aluminum, whichever you prefer.)
     

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