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Old 01-21-2019, 03:20 PM   #1
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Just putting this out there to see if anybody has restored the titanium tips off a invidia Q300 or similar? I bought an exhaust second hand and some finish is rubbed off or dull. I am sketchy about burning them if they are not actually titanium just titanium look.
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Old 01-21-2019, 05:33 PM   #2
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So I called the company and they said that they would re-torch it since it’s true titanium
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Old 01-22-2019, 03:58 PM   #3
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I too have contacted Invidia USA and found out the tips are 'burnt' and not anodized as some people are led to believe (despite the product title haha). I have re-burnt my tips a couple times. If you do decide to DIY, I have some tips (pun intended)
1. Polish the tips as much as you physically can before attempting the burn. If you can get them to a mirror-like shine, they will look a lot better in the end.
2. Make sure they are completely contaminate free, do a quick clay and an IPA wipedown before burn. Anything left on the tips during the burn will cause distortion and an uneven visual.
3. Burn them slow. Burn them slow. Burn them slow...cant stress this enough. A lot of people when burning TI or stainless to get this effect go way to fast. This leads to a much lighter shade of blue and will not be as vibrant.
4. Once you are satisfied with the color, stop and let them cool for a while before re-inspecting. If everything looks good to you and you want to protect the blue, coat the tips with some Gtechniq C5 wheel armor. And don't ever touch them again with any abrasive or harsh chemicals....the only exception I have found to the latter is the use of carb cleaner and 'totally awesome' from the dollar store. Both of those work great to clean them up.

I would offer to help, but have no idea where you are located since your profile is incomplete. Good luck
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Old 01-22-2019, 10:02 PM   #4
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Maryland, I will update it soon. Thank you for your help.
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Old 01-27-2019, 06:34 PM   #5
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Update: finished the project the tips look great have some over “burn” spots but otherwise very happy with it
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Old 01-27-2019, 10:34 PM   #6
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Old 02-04-2019, 10:02 PM   #7
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:09 PM   #8
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this is why i went with the SS option for my R400.. didnt want to deal with the titanium rubbing off.
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Old 02-13-2019, 02:34 PM   #9
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this is why i went with the SS option for my R400.. didnt want to deal with the titanium rubbing off.
To be fair, the Ti is not rubbing off, the burn marks were. And that is due to improper maintenance and washing. If you know how to care for them and what you can/cannot use for chemicals, they are no different to maintain than the SS option.
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I have the q300 titanium tips as well.....ive pretty much given up on all polishing and re-torching because catless!
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Old 04-16-2019, 12:54 PM   #11
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I have the q300 titanium tips as well.....ive pretty much given up on all polishing and re-torching because catless!
you really dont need to give up my man, just spray some carb cleaner on a microfiber and wipe off the carbon from the tips (it will not remove the blue coloring). Simple maintenance. If you want to make your life extra easy, once they are clean, hit them with some Gtechniq C5 wheel armor. They will keep off that carbon buildup much much better.
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Old 04-22-2019, 01:32 AM   #12
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I wish I still had my old pics of my amuse exhaust when I reburnt the tips.. (350z) but when I polished the tips, I blue finish.. I was able to recolor it using the battery and coke method.. Here's a link that could be helpful.
https://youtu.be/dYI90yjqT34

I've burnt my arc shift knob before to make it blue.. Same results really. I believe the anodizing method does not last as long tho
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Old 04-22-2019, 03:29 PM   #13
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I wish I still had my old pics of my amuse exhaust when I reburnt the tips.. (350z) but when I polished the tips, I blue finish.. I was able to recolor it using the battery and coke method.. Here's a link that could be helpful.
https://youtu.be/dYI90yjqT34

I've burnt my arc shift knob before to make it blue.. Same results really. I believe the anodizing method does not last as long tho
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I have never had any amount of success actually anodizing Ti products, perhaps I was just not using enough voltage. You are correct though, that the anodizing actually does not last longer. Invidia does not even anodize the parts they sell, they are all physically burnt using a MAP gas torch (talked to an Invidia-USA employee about this to confirm).
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Old 04-26-2019, 10:41 PM   #14
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I would suggest using metal polish with a polishing ball. I believe you can get those polishing balls that attach to a drill at any auto parts store.
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Old 04-29-2019, 10:54 AM   #15
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I would suggest using metal polish with a polishing ball. I believe you can get those polishing balls that attach to a drill at any auto parts store.
That is a terrible suggestion, as metal polish will REMOVE the burnt tips the OP intended to keep. Kind of a moot point, as the OP has already restored his tips, only commenting to prevent future readers from making this mistake on their burnt tips.
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