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      01-22-2009, 02:43 PM   #1
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Exhaust tipsssss

Was just curious to know if anyone else had this problem, my OEM tips get extremely black around the bottom edges and dont seem to want to come clean, any solutions? if not whats a good set of tips that fill up the OEM rear bumper? (not really a fan of the dimisa 4" they're too big)
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      01-22-2009, 04:44 PM   #2
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elbow grease!

There is a couple OEM tips to choose from...not too expesive.
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search the detailing forum here, you'll find lots of products people have used in there to shine up the tips.
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Eagle-One Nevr Dull Wadding Polish (breaks up the residue)

Followed up by some Mothers Polish (shines the tips)
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0000 steal wool, then some sort of sealant, and a little more attention at every wash. Mother's ball combos work OK. Blue Job from a motorcycle shop.
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      01-23-2009, 10:20 AM   #6
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0000 steel wool and a good metal polish like 1Z chrome polish or Mother's billet polish would do the trick!
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this might sound nuts..but i use my makita and a black foam uk pad with some 85rd or menzerna or swissvax metal polish..85rd works great and after like 10 seconds the tips look great. if i need to touch it up in some spots i just use a microfiber towel i don't care about and some of those 2 metal polishes. i have 1z metal polish i gotta try that too. i have a lot to do this weekend on 2 cars so we will see.
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      01-23-2009, 05:46 PM   #8
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<< Steel wool :P
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      01-23-2009, 06:26 PM   #9
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Eagle-One Nevr Dull Wadding Polish (breaks up the residue)

Followed up by some Mothers Polish (shines the tips)
we can get these from a local shop?
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we can get these from a local shop?
Yup, Mothers and Eagle one products are usually sold over the counter at places like Pep Boys and AutoZone.

And just to reinforce, #0000 Steel wool and some type of Metal Polish (I use Adams) works great.
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To pile on with the recommendation, #0000 steel wool (that's a very fine grade for polishing, but you can get it at Home Depot or Lowes) and metal polish, like Mother's. Works great for me. And after you do it the first time, it's easier the next time you clean them.
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bug and tar remover.
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bug and tar remover.
any truth to this versus the other products mentioned above?
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To pile on with the recommendation, #0000 steel wool (that's a very fine grade for polishing, but you can get it at Home Depot or Lowes) and metal polish, like Mother's. Works great for me. And after you do it the first time, it's easier the next time you clean them.
Can you use this wool on both the inside and outside of the tips? It won't scratch em up?
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0000 steel wool and a good metal polish like 1Z chrome polish or Mother's billet polish would do the trick!
+1 on wool. I use p21s metal polish and really brings out the shine!
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      01-26-2009, 12:01 AM   #16
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Can you use this wool on both the inside and outside of the tips? It won't scratch em up?
You can use it on the outside without problems, but if you're too heavy-handed, you can indeed scratch the chrome. Well, not really scratch (0000 is very fine, feels about as rough as a wool sweater), but you can dull it a bit.

Really, you only need to use it on the dirtiest parts. I use 0000 steel wool on the insides and on the chrome at the back of the tips, where there's the most soot build-up. I use a cotton t-shirt to finish that part, and do the rest of the chrome tips with the cotton t-shirt. I find this works very well.

OCD that I am, I clean the entire underside of the muffler on a regular basis, too (hey, you can see it from behind the car!). I don't kill myself, since it's not all that visible unless you're under the car. Steel wool works great for that.

Here's a tip -- 0000 steel wool and metal polish work great on glass, too.
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I use poorboys wheel sealant. I did it by accident one day and it worked really well. So I continue to do so.
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