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      08-16-2009, 04:01 PM   #1
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A good polish and some elbow grease make a huge difference

These are the exhaust tips off a Mercedes ML500. The left one is after I finished polishing it. What kind of person would live with such dirty tips??

What a difference!
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Wow!

That's an amazing difference. I'd love to pick your brain for the products you used and how long it took.

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Guys, believe it or not, all I used was my remaining Mother's Mag and Aluminum polish and a mf towel to polish by hand. I want to say it took about 15-20 minutes per tip, but I'm not sure. The trick was working in sections, as you would for a car panel. I was very surprised with the results.

Just goes to show you that a little elbow grease goes a long way. The owner was definitely very happy with her car (I gave her wheels the same treatment)


I'm looking to try out a new metal polish from Detailed Image next, but am lost on recommendations.
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Guys, believe it or not, all I used was my remaining Mother's Mag and Aluminum polish and a mf towel to polish by hand. I want to say it took about 15-20 minutes per tip, but I'm not sure. The trick was working in sections, as you would for a car panel. I was very surprised with the results.

Just goes to show you that a little elbow grease goes a long way. The owner was definitely very happy with her car (I gave her wheels the same treatment)


I'm looking to try out a new metal polish from Detailed Image next, but am lost on recommendations.
WOW!!!
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I'm looking to try out a new metal polish from Detailed Image next, but am lost on recommendations.
I've heard good things about OPT Metal Polish but with results like that, why change the technique.
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you missed a spot

amazing!!! that looks unreal
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Holy crap, that's some nice work. I polish my exhaust every wash, and looking at the "before" shot, I guess it's a good thing I do. I didn't know chrome could look that bad. I can't believe your turn-around!
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What a big difference!!
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Man I cant belive you didnt use Steel Wool, Great Job!!!
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Very nice turn around! Nice work.

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Man I cant belive you didnt use Steel Wool, Great Job!!!
I would've, but didn't have any on hand. My MF towel came out extremely dirty...


thanks for the comments everyone. I initially thought that the tips were bare metal
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That's really amazing that they turned out so good. I use P21S metal polish. That stuff kicks ass!
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very very nice!!!

I've used steel wool w/ that polish and had good results

then hit it with a microfiber and really buff it up.
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That looks amazing! It looks like you used a machine to get that! Good work.
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damn... dosent even look like it would come clean without being chrome dipped!
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