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Old 07-15-2007
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hey guys, whats all of your opinions and tips/tricks on cleaning chrome exhaust tips, what do you use, how often do you clean them.

i just got my dual exhaust put on, and i want to keep the tips looking new and clean as long as i can.


so ya, what does every one do and use to clean there chrome tips.


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Old 07-16-2007
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Mother's Chrome polish works well, and it is pretty cheap. I've also used the Mequires NXT metal polish, which pretty much worked the same.

My best results have been to use either of those products with a polishing pad on a Dremel tool.
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Just remember, whatever you do to it, it will rust out. Especially since you are in a winter state. Next time, get stainless tips, they are the only thing that can withstand the harsh winters...
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Old 07-16-2007
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these tips are welded on, is it possible to switch tips sometime in the near future, from the chrome ones to the stainless.


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Yeah, just cut em off and have new ones welded. Thats the only way...
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If you do see a little rust developing...use steel wool...it'll get it right off.
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Johnny, he lives in the north like me. Trust me, when the salt gets to them, they will rust out....
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well that sucks huh? Glad i'm here in Texas...
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Johnny, he lives in the north like me. Trust me, when the salt gets to them, they will rust out....
Oh yea! Salt sucks!
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Old 07-18-2007
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ya salt does suck, and i dont know about you guys, but where i live, they use this method called "chip an seal"( gravel with oil under it) and when it first gets laid down its a mess.

thanks for the help guys.



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Old 07-18-2007
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stainless tips are the best way to go... on my last setup i had chrome tips and the insides had surface rust like a week after i got them... the next time i got exhaust i got stainless tips
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Old 07-19-2007
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ya salt does suck, and i dont know about you guys, but where i live, they use this method called "chip an seal"( gravel with oil under it) and when it first gets laid down its a mess.

thanks for the help guys.



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i ****in hate this, in Pa they call it oil n chip and it is horrible. i avoid any road with that done for at least a month.
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Old 07-19-2007
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optikal, i hear ya. just the sound of all the rock kicking up makes me cringe.




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Mother's Chrome polish is what I use on my tips. Thats the only thing I have tried but it works so why use something different.
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i use never dull...its wool..works really good on wheels and toolboxes and exaust...give it a try
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tin foil, and soapy water... works magic
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tin foil and soapy water? Does this really work? Any ideas of how?
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tin foil, and soapy water... works magic
x2! use the shiny side of the foil and some soap and water. Really brings out the chrome shine! Jeff was actually the one I learned this trick from after he showed pics of his cleaned up MAC CAI -Mike-
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tin foil, and soapy water... works magic

A couple questions about that.

I am assuming by tin foil you mean aluminum right? (stupid question but i just want to check)

what kindof soap? car washing soap or dawn or what?

If I use this on my bumper will there be any visible scratches?

Can I use it on chrome plated plastic?
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Old 10-25-2007
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yeah by tin foil they mean regular aluminum foil and they did that on the show called mythbusters (they actually used foil and coke) but im assuming that you suppose to use regular soap. the results were great, they didnt say anything about any scratches though, i wondered the same thing. and i dont know if you can clean chrome coated plastic
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i clean all my chrome with window cleaner it works great on my wheels
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autosol...sort of expensive but its the best stuff i've ever used. beats any mothers or meguires stuff i've ever used. it comes in a tube about the same size as a toothpaste tube and its about $11 but its well worth it. The rims on my truck look brand new and they're 10 years old
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i have stainless 20" tips and i have had them for about 4 years in NE weather and they just tarnish over the years and i used the steel wool and some polish and braught them right back to life!.
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just wondering...if i use steel wool on my stainless tips and then polish them..will it get rid off all the pitting and tarnish and still come out looking close to new without a bunch of scratches? having side exhaust really puts a hurting on tips
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Old 11-16-2007
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Just as most of the others have said, just use the water you used to wash the truck, and throw a chunk of steel wool into the water to get it wet, then scrub away at your tips. Then polish it up, and make sure you towel try them!
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