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Old 05-01-2011, 03:50 AM   #1
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Default Official Exhaust Clean-Up Thread. Post pics, methods, and questions.

***Post any pictures, questions, or methods/techniques here***

So far their's a good bit or usable information here. Let's try to keep this thread and build it up!

So, I had some time to kill this evening and couldn't find anything to do. The other day I traded my Greddy Ti-C for an Invidia Race Ti Tip. My Greddy was cleaned up well and the race....well, not so much. Here is how I received the exhaust:



And some closer shots:









So after about 30 minutes here's where i'm at: (TEASER) for now.......







What do you think? I'll get more pics up after I finish the exhaust.

-Phil

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Old 05-01-2011, 04:31 AM   #2
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I think you are gay for posting a teaser.
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:21 AM   #3
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I wax mine with AutoGlym after polishing too what polish are you using??
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:23 AM   #4
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Sweet. I should try this on my Borla twin tip....it's pretty dirty.
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:26 AM   #5
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looks brand new
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:28 AM   #6
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Exhaust clean ups are my favorite before/after pics. Nice job so far.
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:19 AM   #7
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Do you use sand paper on the pipes? I need to do my catback.
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:40 AM   #8
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Do you use sand paper on the pipes? I need to do my catback.
I know you were asking the OP, but I wouldn't use sand paper. It'll scratch it up and dull it. A wash and polish is usually enough.

I like to use Meguair's Metal Polish and it gets it all shiny and new looking after every winter.
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Old 05-01-2011, 12:11 PM   #9
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I think you are gay for posting a teaser.
^^I'm sorry you feel this way. I don't have the full exhaust done yet and wanted to get some before and after's up.

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Do you use sand paper on the pipes? I need to do my catback.
^^NEVER! It is a lengthy process from start to finish, but as you saw so far well worth it.

As for product used, I have tried every metal, mag, aluminum, and chrome polish out there. I also have used compounds and polishes for paint but nothing works like Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish. I have wasted almost $100 on other crap and I always buy Mother's now. Pretty affordable at that too. Here's a link to it:

http://www.mothers.com/02_products/05100-05101.html

Take my advice, this is the best stuff to use.
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:04 PM   #10
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mothers mag alu polish is the shiz......
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:48 PM   #11
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^^ yea I agree! Did my exhuast today along with a wash and wax. Took a quick pic of the tip using the Mother's metal polish.
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:19 PM   #12
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Pardon my ignorance but what purpose does waxing it serve, other than making it look good until the first drive? Conventional wisdom would indicate your exhaust is going to get much too hot for the wax and it will quickly burn off.
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:37 PM   #13
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Actually, believe it or not, with the ti-tips the wax helps with carbon build up. The titanium is very tempermental to all mag polishes and it can remove the "burnt" look. I have found that after the thorough clean up a good coat of wax goes along way the next time you clean it up.
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:46 AM   #14
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The titanium is very tempermental to all mag polishes and it can remove the "burnt" look.
What would you recommend for a fully titanium back box, I have a AP one and the colors are stunning, but the box is dirty.
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:25 AM   #15
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looks good Phil!
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:07 AM   #16
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^Thanks Daniel! I'm gonna finish the rest up this week. There calling for some rain, so I guess i'll drink a few beers and polish away!
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:59 AM   #17
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Do you just hand polish it or do you use something like a Porter?
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:38 AM   #18
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Please do share details on your technique!

That and how to get the exhaust off the car. Those Kartboy bushings I got on my mine don't budge one bit!
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:47 AM   #19
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I'm guessing some polisher and a mother's ball?
I bought some crazy aircraft grade polish (started buying aircraft detail supplies to use on my car last summer) cuts fast then i shine it out with a mother's or meguire's polish.


wax burns off from heat. you're not getting anything out of other than having it sealed for the first drive. I think most compounds burn off at 160 degrees(?) don't quote me on that.
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:53 AM   #20
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Post the rest already. Killing me over here.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:26 AM   #21
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Ok, Ok, Ok, i'll get the rest up already. Let me work on it today. As for a "How-to", I use a Mother's Cone, and the Polish. Lay enough on the exhaust to give a good coat. Don't be stingy! The polish is in-expensive enough that you can use a good bit. I'll get some pics up later of everything.

As for Kartboy exhaust hangers, use PB Blaster, WD-40, or a penetrating oil. Spray the oil on the hanger and take a big pair of pliers (Huge, like plumbing pliers) and push the exhaust hanger through.
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:31 PM   #22
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don't do this!

Those oil based products will eat the hangers..use windex or simple green..
My kartboy hangar looked like this after 5 years of use and pulling them on and off with pb blaster.


Tom hooked me up!

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Old 07-11-2011, 01:33 AM   #23
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Finally finished/gave up on the downpipe. Turned out ok, but it's on the car now and can't be seen. Here are the before and after pics. Mothers Mag and Aluminum polish with 00 Steel Wool:







Cobb Turbo Back = Sweetness
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:27 PM   #24
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Looks great, I'd have opted to hand polish by the TI burn to give it a smoother gradient instead of the harsh line.
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:49 AM   #25
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Well guys, I had a few extra minutes to get my exhaust cleaned up. Still need 1 more pass to give it that final finish along with a sealant. Here's what i've got so far:









When I completely finish this I will get some better/close up shots.
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