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Need help on polishing exhaust *UPDATEd*12/09/12

I just picked up a used exhaust and tried never dull and chrome polish and cant seem to get this black film off the tip.. Any ideas?







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I used steel wool then a srubber sponge with never dull then mothers mag polish and LOTS of time!!! The black marks on the bottom of the tip are scratches.







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I'M A PRO AT THIS!!!

If you were local in SoCal to me I would do it for you lol

Go to WalMart and or any Detailing shop, Walmarts just the cheapest!
Not all walmarts have it but they usually do,

Anyway go get Mothers Mag and Aluminum Polisher
Its like 8-10 Bucks Give or take and it comes in this little decent sized Jar
It's like a White Paste kinda like Tooth paste

ANywho have like 2 Micro fiber towels!

Wash the exhaust as best as you can with soap and a microfiber towel so you don't scratch it up or anything.
Completely wait till the surface is fully dried off!
Then Take the Jar of Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polisher
Dab a little bit of it on the Microfiber Towel
and Go in Little Circles, about a 2x2 Inch Square at a time
This TAKES TIME AND PATIENTS!
Make sure you do this like on a free day! lol
I spent up to like 4 hours strait polishing out My F Sport Exhaust One time!

Anyway Continue doing circles, You Will notice the towel turns black which means the stuff is doing it's Job
After a good while,
Take the other clean towel and wipe it off left to right or up and down and you will for sure NOTICE A DIFFERENCE!!!
Do it again and again and again and literally again! until it is like new again!

AND BELIEVE ME !!! if you do it again and again and enough times! It WILL LOOK LIKE NEW lol

It's amazing stuff!

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No But really it WILL WORK!!! =)
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I have some mothers in the garage and just went out and scrubbed the hell out of 1 little spot onthe tip and it didnt get any brighter.

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I used steel wool and brake cleaner to polish mine, and a final wipe down with some wax. I know it sounds like steel wool will scratch the hell out of it, but it didn't. It also cleaned up the inside of the pipe too, but don't waste your time, because that will get full of carbon the first time you take it out.

I read it on this forum somewhere a while ago, but I would still be careful. I have the stock exhaust tip if you were wondering.
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I want to take off the black crap without screwing up the finish.

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I want to take off the black crap without screwing up the finish.
Well,

I tried! =/
lol Hope you can make it better some how!
Mother's have always worked flawlessly for me! =)
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Try Mr Clean's magic eraser first. It it doesn't work, then read this.

Confused about PowerMetal - Wax Forum

FYI Mother's mag and alum polish is very weak, and is meant as a last stage polish for chrome surfaces (as most are not anal enough to use the Billet polish). Don't put wax on exhaust. It will just burn up within a few minutes.

Another FYI, in terms of cut, from most aggressive to least, it goes from: 2000 grit wet sand paper - > PowerMetal Scratch Removing Polish WITH Powerball Mini MD -> Mag and alu WITH Powercone/Powerball (not to be confused with Powerball Mini MD -> Mag and alu with microfiber -> Billet polish with Powercone/ball. In Mother's line, a lot of the different sku's have VERY similar names, but function very differently. So please read the link first or I guarantee you will end up with the wrong product and be disappointed with the results.

If you're not clear after reading that, PM me. Honestly, just to buy the multiple power ball/power cone and mother polish will cost you over $70 + labour. It may be more cost effective to pay someone else to do it if you have no other chrome that needs polishing.

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I used these things called brillow pads on my old stock exhaust and it made that thing shine and look like new.

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I'm sure that is going to leave a scratch, and you won't have a mirror finish. You'd still need additional compound to remove the smaller scratches.

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Read my link. Mag and alum polish doesn't have enough cut to remove scratches from 2000 grit sand paper. The rep from Mother said so himself. Power Metal SCRATCH Removing polish removes scratches from 2000 grit sand paper, and Mag and alu removes scratches from Power Metal Scratch removing polish. You can still see the scratches in the tutorial you posted. He is missing a step in his process.

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Try some solvents on there first. My go-to is Mineral Spirits for stuff like this, but you can also try acetone or alcohol. You can also try tar and bug remover. And just to make sure you've tried everything, hit it with de-greaser as well.

If you're still dealing with this stuff after that, you may need to use an abrasive like steel wool or sandpaper and then re-polish. This shouldn't be necessary, though.

As someone mentioned, most metal polished out there are very soft/fine and are meant for a final mirror polish instead of cleaning surface contaminants.

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That looks a lot better. I used Mothers Mag and Aluminum Polish with a wool pad on a rotary buffer for the larger areas. For the tighter spaces, I used the metal polish with a wool ball on my corded drill.

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