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      05-06-2009, 04:41 PM   #1
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Cleaning 328i LCI Exhaust Tips (pics)

Hey guys,

The LCI 328s have matte (aluminum?) tips on the exhaust. The previous non-LCI 328s were just the pipe itself, and I know the 335s are chrome.

I stopped at Autozone (while not driving the E90) to grab some Mother's chrome polish. Initially thought they were chrome. Tried it anyway, but it didn't do a great job.

Can anyone recommend a product (and/or brush) that would get these clean?





And yeah, the car is filthy. It's been raining here off and on for the past week. Combine that with pollen and it's a real mess.
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From what I can tell, LCI 328 exhaust and all 335i exhaust tips are some kind of powder coated surface.
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i just bought this product called deep chrome

http://www.deepfinish.com/chrome/

bought it off their website...works amazing on my 335i tips....all the blackness comes right out...
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Just use soapy water with a scotch brite pad. I use it everytime i wash my car, and my tips still look brand new!
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if the tips aren't chrome, then try the mother's mag/alum polish
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If you have a Pep Boy's near you, grab some Surf City Road Grime Destroyer to clean them really well with a Scotch Brite sponge with the blue backing. You can find them at Home Depot for cleaning stainless steel appliances and such. Th green backing is harsh.
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Thanks for the tips everyone! I'll grab a blue Scotch Brite sponge and some of these products and report back (when the rain stops).

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If you have or can get M105 by hand on a foam applicator also works wonders
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The exhaust tips are identical on all the LCI cars. Neither have a chrome finish.

You can also try 0000 steel wool if that's handy instead of a Scotch Brite.
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Yeah, I'd use 0000 steel wool. I'm surprised the chrome polish didn't do much, because I thought all metal polishes were similar, so it wouldn't matter. But then again, my tips are chrome so I'm not familiar with cleaning these.
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I use Never Dull (ND). It's not expensive and should be rather easy to find. If you have never used it, it comes in a can and you tear out a small piece (it's like a cotton wool blend or something soaked in Never Dull) and wipe off the tips.

My 09 335 has the same tips, ND is quick, easy, and works like a champ. I use it about three times a month.

I tried the Mother's polish, but got much better results from the ND.
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i had silver tips like this.

took them to a shop and got them powdercoated with black ceramic thermal coat for $40. now they are nice and black and i don't even worry about them being dirty anymore. not to mention that they look absolutely sick on a white car
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I use Never Dull (ND). It's not expensive and should be rather easy to find. If you have never used it, it comes in a can and you tear out a small piece (it's like a cotton wool blend or something soaked in Never Dull) and wipe off the tips.

My 09 335 has the same tips, ND is quick, easy, and works like a champ. I use it about three times a month.

I tried the Mother's polish, but got much better results from the ND.
+1 on Eagle One ND Wadding Polish. It works. make sure you wear gloves when you do it.
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