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Old 06-18-2008, 01:54 PM   #1
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stock svt exhaust tip cleaning

any idea on how to make it all chrome again? what should i use to clean it with?


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Old 06-18-2008, 02:17 PM   #2
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0000 steel wool is my guess. In case you're not familiar, that's 4 zero's. It's how they rate the steel wool. 0000 is the finest (i think)
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remember that SOS and other kitchen cleaning steel wool is not what your looking for.


ever thought of wet-sanding? 1500-200 paper might work good. ive never had to clean chrome.....
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Id go with the wet sanding too.
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was the factory tail pipe chrome? I looked at mine today, and it sure doesn't look like it was ever chrome, rather a polished stainless. I cleaned mine once, I first hit it with 600 dry (in the form of a red scuff pad) then I wet sanded it with 1500 wet, looked to shiny for my taste so I did a few things I know how to do and made it look much darker and less shiny. I think mine is going to be blacked out soon.
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i agree. its been a while since i had my SVT exhaust. let alone a SVT tip(i had a cobalt SS tip). i dont think it was ever chrome. i remember it being very thin. i let it get black too.
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i use mothers mag polish on my truebendz tip and shines like knew everytime i am done
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^^just what I was going to recommend.
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theres also a product called never dull in a silver can. Works aaaamaaazinggg. I use it on all my chrome and aluminum. Def would recommand it on ur wheels too.
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Polishing Chrome

Chrome is by far the most common bright work on an automobile. Chromium, the metal used to chrome-plate steel and other metals, resists tarnishing and holds a shine better than all other metals, including platinum. Chrome has a single enemy: rust. Over time, chrome oxidizes and develops rust spots. The higher quality the chrome plating, the more it will resist rusting, but eventually, it will happen. If you allow chrome to go too long without removing rust, it will become permanently pitted.

Heavy rust on chromed parts requires a decision: polish or rechrome. Replating small parts is pretty easy. Simply remove the part and hand it to your local plating company. A few days later you'll have your part back looking like new. However, what if it's a large part, like a bumper or a window frame? Replating a medium or large part is expensive. Even modest-sized parts, such as hubcaps, can cost $100 or more. If you think there's even a remote chance the rusted chrome part is salvageable, you should try to save it.

Removing rust and polishing chrome can usually restore chrome to a reasonable-looking condition. If the rust simply coats and is not deeply embedded, the chrome should come back to life. As long as the chrome is not flaking off, you have a chance of saving it.

Most pro detailers use fine grades of steel wool to remove rust from chrome. It's quick and easy. Please use caution if you choose this route, as even fine (#000) or superfine (#0000) steel wool leaves minor scratches that you will need to polish with a metal or chrome polish to remove. Another product that works well is the household steel wool soap pad. The soap acts as both a cleaner and a lubricant to prevent scratching (use plenty of water). Warning: Keep steel wool away from painted surfaces.

If you have rust in cracks and crevices you can't reach, use a toothbrush and household cleanser. Wet the toothbrush, dip it in the cleanser, and start scrubbing. The abrasives in the cleanser remove rust very fast. Rinse well with plenty of fresh water.

The final step for chrome is to polish it with a good chrome or metal polish. Use a polish specifically made for chrome. With most metal polishes, a little goes a long way, so use just a little dab at a time. Also, the best metal-polishing cloth is soft cotton, such as T-shirt material. Cotton fleece, such as from an old sweatshirt, works great, too.
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