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Cleaning stock exhaust tips

Posted in the red line forum - I don't know if the standard roadster has the same tips...

Noticed while crawling under the car that the exhaust tips appear to be some sort of casting welded onto the ends of the tailpipes.

The insides of mine are black.

Since I bought my Sky used, I don't know how they came from the factory, but I assume they were cleaner than mine are now.

What should they look like, and anyone have any special tips/hints for cleaning them (and shining, if possible)?
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The exhaust tips are polished aluminum. They clean up really nice with SemiChrome or Mothers aluminum polish.

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Thanks for the tip!
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The exhaust tips are polished aluminum. They clean up really nice with SemiChrome or
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I just use a waxing pad and some cheap wax. Takes the black right off my GXP. I then wax the pipes as well, keeps the soot from being able to stick as well to the piping for better cleaning next time.

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I used "Mother's Mag & Aluminum Polish" on mine, used a drill and a cotton polish disc, also used a terry cloth for clean-up and detail (the polish pad saves time, but sometimes you can rub off carbon faster than you can polish it off.)

To give you an idea what kind of difference polishing can make:

Photo Album: SKY_EXHAUST_CLEANUP

I'll have to do this again to get the rest of the carbon off from the bottom area (it's caked on pretty thick compared to the rest of the tip.)

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Water works fine with a towel. Nothing special needed.
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I used "Mother's Mag & Aluminum Polish" on mine, used a drill and a cotton polish disc, also used a terry cloth for clean-up and detail (the polish pad saves time, but sometimes you can rub off carbon faster than you can polish it off.)

To give you an idea what kind of difference polishing can make:





I'll have to do this again to get the rest of the carbon off from the bottom area (it's caked on pretty thick compared to the rest of the tip).
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Why in the world would someone want to clean the inside of the exhaust pipe??? Next time the car is started it will get all blackened again..what a waste of time...




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Why in the world would someone want to clean the inside of the exhaust pipe??? Next time the car is started it will get all blackened again..what a waste of time...
That's for cars parked in the garage and seldom driven. As MM said, just take a towel and water after each short drive before it gets parked again.

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Water works fine with a towel. Nothing special needed.
Unfortunate for me this wasn't enough to get them shining again, or perhaps I just got lazy at some point. First I used a shop towel and water, then I sprayed scrubbing bubbles, and used a nylon brush, then wiped it down with a clean towel. This seemed to lack any luster, so I went to the shop and got some polish, sat down with a rag for less than 30 minutes (it was hot this weekend) and decided a polish disc and drill would take me less time (and effort.)

It took less physical effort, but I admit you can probably rub off all the carbon with nothing but water and a towel.

There is still a lot of carbon I wasn't able to get off before running out of time. I'll probably give it another go this weekend.

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Why in the world would someone want to clean the inside of the exhaust pipe??? Next time the car is started it will get all blackened again..what a waste of time...
So far my focus has been on getting the rim/edge and exterior refinished to check for damage/scoring (I bought my SKY used.) I admit, though, I ran the polish disc around the inside of the right tip for about 10 seconds to get an idea how much carbon had built up.
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I must be a slacker; I just wash them with my Armor-All wash and wax that I use on the car. There's not enough of the pipes exposed for me to give them any more attention than that.
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I must be a slacker; I just wash them with my Armor-All wash and wax that I use on the car. There's not enough of the pipes exposed for me to give them any more attention than that.
If you're a slacker I'm much worse, I don't touch the thing...




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I've tried everything inside the tips. Cleaner, oven cleaner, soap, etc. might have to sandpaper it out.

The outside cleaned up very nicely with mothers aluminum polish.
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