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Author Topic: Cleaning rust off chrome exhaust  (Read 1115 times)

Offline irk miller

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Re: Cleaning rust off chrome exhaust
« Reply #10 on: Dec 12, 2017, 07:51:36 »
Oh yeah, Autosol is great stuff.  There's also some good stuff called Simichrome.

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Re: Cleaning rust off chrome exhaust
« Reply #11 on: Dec 12, 2017, 07:53:08 »
ok guys!first I need to get the huge exhaust of my XS 750 pig off :-)...since IŽm going to bee on crotches for the most part of january I will have some time for some elbow grease work :-)

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Re: Cleaning rust off chrome exhaust
« Reply #12 on: Dec 12, 2017, 21:10:36 »
Being on crotches sounds painful.
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Re: Cleaning rust off chrome exhaust
« Reply #13 on: Dec 13, 2017, 11:06:31 »
Everyone blowing over the aluminum foil and water suggestions is an idiot. You have both of those things at home. Try it once. I usually just spit on it and scrub it with the aluminum foil.

I took an alley shrimp Chicago schwinn with a banana seat to a $250 craigslist sale with a 30 minute tune up, about 3 ft of aluminum foil and an hour of elbow grease.

Just try it. It works. Leave the rest on the shelf at Napa Auto
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Re: Cleaning rust off chrome exhaust
« Reply #14 on: Dec 13, 2017, 11:15:16 »
Being on crotches sounds painful.

Depends on whose crotch you're on?
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Re: Cleaning rust off chrome exhaust
« Reply #15 on: Dec 13, 2017, 11:16:18 »
Everyone blowing over the aluminum foil and water suggestions is an idiot. You have both of those things at home. Try it once. I usually just spit on it and scrub it with the aluminum foil.

I took an alley shrimp Chicago schwinn with a banana seat to a $250 craigslist sale with a 30 minute tune up, about 3 ft of aluminum foil and an hour of elbow grease.

Just try it. It works. Leave the rest on the shelf at Napa Auto

I'm a fan of this as well, at least as a first step, and I usually finish with polish. For burned on oil it's Easy Off oven cleaner...
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Re: Cleaning rust off chrome exhaust
« Reply #16 on: Dec 13, 2017, 12:05:41 »
Everyone blowing over the aluminum foil and water suggestions is an idiot. You have both of those things at home. Try it once. I usually just spit on it and scrub it with the aluminum foil.

I took an alley shrimp Chicago schwinn with a banana seat to a $250 craigslist sale with a 30 minute tune up, about 3 ft of aluminum foil and an hour of elbow grease.

Just try it. It works. Leave the rest on the shelf at Napa Auto

Is it actually removing the rust from the chrome or just "covering it up"?
Will try definitely, just donŽt want to have alloy embedded into my precious XS mufflers  ;D

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Re: Cleaning rust off chrome exhaust
« Reply #17 on: Dec 13, 2017, 12:23:19 »
Is it actually removing the rust from the chrome or just "covering it up"?
Will try definitely, just donŽt want to have alloy embedded into my precious XS mufflers  ;D
It's supposed to help transfer oxygen from the steel to the aluminum and produce aluminum oxide, which is harder than steel and will then polish the steel. I'm not poo poo-ing using aluminum foil.  That's how I usually do forks.  The metal polishes suggested will have aluminum oxide in them as well, most likely.  If you want to mechanically polish the chrome, then polish from a tube or can is probably easier.  Coke, phosphoric acid and other methods work well because they free up the oxygen altogether by bonding it with hydrogen.  Six in one hand, half dozen the other. 

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Re: Cleaning rust off chrome exhaust
« Reply #18 on: Dec 13, 2017, 17:52:49 »
Iused foil because I didn't want to be an idiot but it did work.
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