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Polishing old exhaust tips

Graham Mitchell

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Following a suggestion on this board a few weeks ago, I decided to get a polishing attachment for my power drill (one of those discs made of layers of cotton fabric) and have a go at polishing the tips. You also need to use something like Autosol metal polish. Took an hour of polishing for just one tip, which gives you an indication of the state of them beforehand.

Use a vice to hold the heat shield while polishing.

Well worth trying if your tips look anything like mine. Getting them on and off should only take 5 minutes unless they are too corroded.

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Great Effort. Well worth it. bet the whole car looks better on the back of it

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It would be interested to see how long it stays shiny for. I guess you hadn't put anything on it after polishing. I was thinking of doing the same myself but the thought of it going grey again puts me off a bit.

By the way, I showed my wife the above picture, the response was "oh dear god, you guys have too much time on your hands..


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You're right, i put nothing on it after polishing. I'll see how long it lasts. I just got fed up of the tips letting the car down.

Maybe you could point out to your wife that it's all a matter of priorities ;) I often get so carried away with DIY that I forget to eat all day!


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Got a few hours on my hands this weekend.! ..what woud you put on it afterwards to protect it and keep it like that for longer?

Mike


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Previous poster said:
Quote: Originally posted by Butzi on 04 October 2003

By the way, I showed my wife the above picture, the response was "oh dear god, you guys have too much time on your hands..



I find it's better not to share such details with my wife. Like how much the recent service cost!

Migration info. Legacy thread was 26815
 
.......christ your braver than me!!! :oops:
never tell her a thing ---all i get is " you cant keep that thing its costing us ££££££££!!"
zzzzzzzzzzz!

Migration info. Legacy thread was 26926
 
Graham, do you do home visits ? :oops:
btw. they look 8)

I agree with Chris, NEVER tell her indoors :wink:
. I just mentioned painting the Calipers red and had a half hour debate :?


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this might be frowned on a bit by you guys, but from fiddling with old cars with slightly dull chrome or stainless, I found one of the best things for cleaning it up and stripping any surface corrosion spots and muck was coke... Its no use using diet (dont ask me why) and proper coke works best (dont ask me how I know)

Best to let stuff soak in there for a couple of hours or over night, then you can wipe all the crud off, and polish them with a rag and some polish or brasso or whatever


Migration info. Legacy thread was 26933
 
Coke contains phosphoric acid and is known to clean up metal surfaces. The difference is probably due to the fact that diet coke contains aspartame, a chemically synthesized sweetner whereas regular coke contains high fructose corn syrup and this will change the way the coke reacts with the metal surface

John


Migration info. Legacy thread was 26971
 
talk about learn something new every day!.. :)

Migration info. Legacy thread was 26974
 
Previous poster said:
Quote: Originally posted by Westyman on 12 April 2005

Coke contains phosphoric acid and is known to clean up metal surfaces. The difference is probably due to the fact that diet coke contains aspartame, a chemically synthesized sweetner whereas regular coke contains high fructose corn syrup and this will change the way the coke reacts with the metal surface

John



And they called it "The Real Thing"! Yuk

Migration info. Legacy thread was 26981
 
Mike, did you get a reply to your question of what to put on the metal to keep it that way?

I'm a novice at this lark so advice is welcome.



zab


Migration info. Legacy thread was 27124
 
I use Autoglym metal polish on mine. "Contains waxes to protect newly polished finish."

Migration info. Legacy thread was 27126
 
This may be a dumb question, but are the tips easy to remove ?
and if so how ?

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