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Old 05-11-2012, 03:39 PM   #1
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Have a Nice Day? What product(s) to clean stained exhaust tips?

Picked up a used Corsa axle-back & the insides of the tips are too dirty for me. I want to clean them & get them like new again. I tried my usual simple green & degreaser that will eat paint if not careful & neither cleaned it well enough.

I don't want to use steel wool this time since these tips are chrome.

Any other products/methods that may work for me?
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:52 PM   #2
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Nevr Dull and then Simple Green
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:57 PM   #3
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Mothers mag and aluminum polish
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:46 PM   #4
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I would use metal polish on metal.
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:49 PM   #5
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windex and steel wool........ takes 30 secoinds
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:28 PM   #6
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windex and steel wool........ takes 30 secoinds
Again, no steel wool. This is chrome. Not scratching it to hell.

Windex won't do it. Never dull didn't work this time, simple green didn't work this time, degreaser didn't work this time...
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:35 PM   #7
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there are many chrome-safe steel wools. it comes in grades like sandpaper.

to get them so stained your car must be burning oil or running super rich
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:26 PM   #8
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Picked up a used Corsa axle-back
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to get them so stained your car must be burning oil or running super rich
read dude, read
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:39 PM   #9
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read the advice you're getting! also, the tips are "chrome" on the inside?

i heard somewhere that female fecal matter works really well too
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:43 PM   #10
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i know you mentioned you don't want to use steel wool - but just a tip of what i recently did to restore chrome, steel and chrome over plastic on a chopper i recently acquired, Superfine 0000 grade steel wool, absolute minimal pressure (wore latex gloves, act like you're claying the surface) and used a mixed up quick detail spray (I have optimum no rinse, but you could use any QD)

i was a skeptic, but quite impressed with scratch free results (even on the chrome over plastic covers on the bike) the tip is to be uuber gentle, just like gliding clay over the surface, and keep it wet. minimal elbow grease and really good results.

also as mentioned, mother's mag/metal polish worked well for me back in the day, it's in the name, so can't go wrong, right?
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read the advice you're getting! also, the tips are "chrome" on the inside?

i heard somewhere that female fecal matter works really well too
Damn you're dumb. I'm not the OP.

I'm telling you to read because the OP stated that he bought a USED exhaust that was stained, and you're telling him that his car is burning oil or running rich. The stains were there when he bought the exhaust.

Oh and the "female fecal matter" reference, funny
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:57 PM   #12
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hahaha. im sorry, i thought you were the OP.

the bottom line is, using a course --->>> fine grades - wet polishing w/ steel wool *is the best way*

thats like someone saying, 'my car wont start, but i wont look into any battery issues.'

jah bless
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:56 PM   #13
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Diamond polish is expensive but good.

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Old 05-12-2012, 11:46 PM   #14
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Eagle one and mothers have worked for me.
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Ive used "Goof Off" and it works good!
Like $6
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Since you're ruling out 0000 steel wool, which is what I would recommend, and have used before, try P21s polishing soap. It's amazing stuff.
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:10 PM   #17
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i have used oven cleaner and have had outstanding results then followed by a coat of wax i have never had any issues useing this on my BMW's Magnaflow and my WRX exhaust tips
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:08 PM   #18
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Talking Great stuff.

Just got me a suby yesterday and the exhaust is a little stained on the tips, thanks for all the input guys, this will be useful this weekend come clean day
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:54 AM   #19
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Mothers mag and aluminum polish
+1. I love this stuff.
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:14 AM   #20
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You forgot yo end your post with /thread.
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:25 PM   #21
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0000 steel wool will not scratch up chrome... used it for years on chrome works wonders.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:52 PM   #22
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simple green and steel wool will be the fastest way for you to clean them
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:20 PM   #23
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Grab some chrome polish and a buffer. Make sure you don't burn into the chrome.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:30 PM   #24
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I have a Corsa exhaust on one of my cars and used Flitz polish paste with excellent results. Shine like mirrors again.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:57 AM   #25
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Noxon. Great stuff. Can pick it up for $5 at Lowes
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