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    Question How to remove dirt from exhaust tips?

    I have no knowledge regarding the stainless steel polishing.

    What do you guys use to clean those "black stuff" which laminated to the exhuast tips? I bought a small bottle of the Meguiar's All Metal Polish (M-2805) today and it seemed that the dirts are really stubborn to be polished.

    Did I buy the wrong polish?

    Note: The NXT metal polysh is still unavailable in Canada.

    Please advise and thanks.

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    Maybe you could try using some clay? I've had success with this before. However, use some old clay as it will be useless once you are done.
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    is it dirt? or exhaust "stuff" like smog and combustion residues?

    i start polishing an used stainless steel muffler with this polish applied with a terry cloth



    but the muffler was also scratched in some parts so i sand it and then polish it using the same polish and a wool pad on a rotary buffer. Inside the tip i use a fine metal sand paper with water, dry and then polish with the same polisher and terry cloth.

    The muffler i'm installing have a kind of cap so the inside tip needs to be clean and for me this is the best way to keep it clean. I don't use Meg metal polishes 'cause i can't find them

    Hope this helps

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    is it dirt? or exhaust "stuff" like smog and combustion residues?
    It is stuff like smog and combustion residues at the exhaust tips. I tried using some 1500 grits wet sand paper lightly sand it down, but it did not work. I don't want to sand the tips further because I am afraid that the stainless steel will oxidize.

    Regarding your suggested polish, I can't find it in any retail stores in Canada.

    Anybody has other suggestions?

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    are you using a terry cloth for this duty?

    if you see any contaminant on the terry after you polish then you are removing it but keep in mind that this kind of "dirt" is very bonded due the heat and kind of residue so it may take a lot of passes to do the job

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    Originally posted by Zitosonic
    are you using a terry cloth for this duty?

    if you see any contaminant on the terry after you polish then you are removing it but keep in mind that this kind of "dirt" is very bonded due the heat and kind of residue so it may take a lot of passes to do the job

    Ahmed
    I use 100% old cutton socks for the job. Yes, I got black stuff came out; however, these black stuffs are really stubborn. I tried using at least 5 times of the Metal Polish to polish them out but no luck.

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    If you cant find meg's polish, try eagle one never dull.



    this weekend i can post before and after pictures if u want..
    Last edited by DefJux921; Oct 4th, 2004 at 08:35 AM.

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    If you cant find meg's polish, try eagle one never dull.

    No, I got the Meguiar's All Metal Polish (M-2805) [see first post] but it did not work well or I was using the wrong technique.

    Is this Eagle One never Dull working the same purpose as Meguiar's All Metal Polish (M-2805)?

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    i'm not sure.. sorry

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    Try WD-40 with very fine steel wool. You'll be amazed at how that combo works. Also, the WD-40 protects the exhaust tip and will make it easier to clean next time.

    When I wash my car, after drying it with a chamois, I use a towel to wipe out the door jambs, dry the wheels/tires, and dry the exhaust tip -- that way it never gets really dirty.

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