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Old 06-25-2010, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default Exhaust: Before and After

I saw this on a local forum and thought I would post it here.

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found a great deal on a used taitec center exit exhaust recently. Looked pretty horrible when i first saw pics of it but thought it had potential. Spent a couple weeks polishing it in my spare time using various 1000-2000 grit sandpaper, mother's powermetal scratch removing polish, powermetal polish (liquid), mother's md, cone and mini powerball. I was pretty amazed at the results but definitely do not want to do it again. :shock:

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That's some amazing work there!!!





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Old 06-25-2010, 10:23 AM   #2
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impressive!
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:26 AM   #3
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Wow! That exhaust took a complete 180. Looks brand new again!
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:15 PM   #4
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awesome work done there
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Old 06-25-2010, 05:57 PM   #5
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wow... that is impressive. i wonder how many hours it took him?
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Old 06-25-2010, 06:21 PM   #6
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Its one thing to do this to a normal looking exhaust but this thing looks like a freakin snake, thats unreal.
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Old 06-25-2010, 06:22 PM   #7
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Its one thing to do this to a normal looking exhaust but this thing looks like a freakin snake, thats unreal.
That's a NSX exhaust for you!
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Old 06-25-2010, 06:53 PM   #8
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Its one thing to do this to a normal looking exhaust but this thing looks like a freakin $1,500 snake, thats unreal.
^fixed

That's one pricey muffler.
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Old 06-25-2010, 07:08 PM   #9
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Damn! He could pass that off as brand new
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:38 PM   #10
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holy detailing skills batman!
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Old 06-26-2010, 03:52 PM   #11
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I'm skeptical for it to come out that well, with most of the work being done by hand. What if it was just sent to a chrome shop? And who in their right mind would spend the time on it and NOT send it to some sort of shop?

My reasoning for this is seeing the protective package wrapping under the exhaust in the after shots...
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Old 06-26-2010, 04:26 PM   #12
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o.k. the the 3rd and 4th pic are new 10k miles ago and the 1st and 2nd are now ?...just kidding awsome work looks new again ,, how manys hours -days into it?
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Old 06-27-2010, 03:20 AM   #13
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That's does look awesome, excellent job!!
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Old 06-27-2010, 04:00 AM   #14
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I'm skeptical for it to come out that well, with most of the work being done by hand. What if it was just sent to a chrome shop? And who in their right mind would spend the time on it and NOT send it to some sort of shop?

My reasoning for this is seeing the protective package wrapping under the exhaust in the after shots...
What's the point of lying about polishing the exhaust? To get a bunch of E dick riders that thought you did something cool?

I think it looks good, props to the guy who polished this thing into better than new shape!
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Old 06-27-2010, 05:40 AM   #15
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damn, that would take forever.
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:17 PM   #16
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I'm skeptical for it to come out that well, with most of the work being done by hand. What if it was just sent to a chrome shop? And who in their right mind would spend the time on it and NOT send it to some sort of shop?

My reasoning for this is seeing the protective package wrapping under the exhaust in the after shots...
haters gonna hate!
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:55 AM   #17
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How long did the process take!? WOW!
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Old 07-02-2010, 03:50 PM   #18
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oh wow, wanna do mine next?
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Old 07-02-2010, 03:58 PM   #19
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I'm skeptical for it to come out that well, with most of the work being done by hand. What if it was just sent to a chrome shop? And who in their right mind would spend the time on it and NOT send it to some sort of shop?

My reasoning for this is seeing the protective package wrapping under the exhaust in the after shots...
My first thought was that it was chromed. Then I remembered I have a friend at work who can (and does) polish aluminum and steel aircraft parts to look like chrome. It's very possible, just a lot of work involved.

Nice work to whoever did it.
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Old 07-02-2010, 05:19 PM   #20
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Yeah, aluminum can be polished to shine like chrome.


the stock hot pipe in this pic was sanded down and polished from the dull rough piece to this:

The top pipe in this pic, the bottom one is chromed. This is after it was sanded and polished a few months prior. The alumninum shroud on the top was polished also



And after polishing both the shroud and the pipes:



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Old 07-04-2010, 11:05 PM   #21
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haters gonna hate!
No hater as I am a detail enthusiast myself; I just can't fathom the idea of taking that much time on something you might see 10% of on a daily basis...
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Old 07-07-2010, 01:12 AM   #22
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Give us a link! Is there a how-to or any tips on that forum?
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Old 07-07-2010, 02:14 PM   #23
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Give us a link! Is there a how-to or any tips on that forum?
There was no link where I found it, I just know it was from a NSX owner, so I'm guessing a NSX forum.

Here's something from the original post:

Spent a couple weeks polishing it in my spare time using various 1000-2000 grit sandpaper, mother's powermetal scratch removing polish, powermetal polish (liquid), mother's md, cone and mini powerball.
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:23 PM   #24
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neat, i've been meaning to get my prodrive axleback cleaned up.. i'm assuming all that stuff can be had at a generic autostore.. what is mother's md, does that come with the cone and mini powerball??
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:45 PM   #25
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I can believe that was done by hand. I was amazed hoe clean my SPT muffler came out with just a little brake cleaner and Eagle One metal polish.
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