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Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: patpaldino ()
Date: February 05, 2008 07:05PM

Hi. I have the Clark's exhaust #C5038, which comes with chrome tailpipe extensions...unfortunately the PO let them get rusty (also looks like they did not use the high heat black paint on the mufflers either...)

I'd like to try and clean them up, get as much of the surface rust off the visible exhaust pipes at least, but don't want to risk causing any damage by using something too abrasive...

Can anyone recommend a way to try and clean these up or a particular product that would be ok to use on an exhaust? I plan on eventually replacing the exhaust anyhow...but want it to look as nice as possible in the meantime...

Thanks!!
Pat

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Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: Steve O ()
Date: February 05, 2008 07:12PM

If they were my exhaust tips, I would use a scotch-brite pad with some liquid chrome cleaner - available at most FLAPS. I've used steel wool pads and Ajax before, but you have to be careful and not get too agressive with that method.

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Re: Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: patpaldino ()
Date: February 05, 2008 07:17PM

I had maybe thought to use scotch-brite, but was unsure what to use with...maybe I will try out the chrome clnr first...

Thanks!

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Re: Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: 4carbcorvair ()
Date: February 05, 2008 07:26PM

Carfull with the Scotchbrite, some are too aggressive and will scratch lower grades of chrome. Test a spot first, if all is OK, go for it!

As far as the rust on the rest, some sand paper and spray them in high temp paint if you wish.

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Southern Maine.
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66 Corsa Convertible, 140, 4sp.




It doesn't leak, it's marking it's territory.

A mirror is a reflection of the miles travelled.

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Re: Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: bought1 ()
Date: February 05, 2008 07:34PM

I use Nevr-Dull (spelled correctly). It comes in a can that contains some wads of material soaked in solution. Removes rust and polishes at the same time. I got it at Advance Auto Parts.




Dave

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Re: Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: 4carbcorvair ()
Date: February 05, 2008 07:43PM

A good rubbing compound for automotive finishes works good too if not too rusty. Such as 3M's.

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Ronnie
Southern Maine.
[www.dirigocorvairs.com]
66 Corsa Convertible, 140, 4sp.




It doesn't leak, it's marking it's territory.

A mirror is a reflection of the miles travelled.

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Re: Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: patpaldino ()
Date: February 05, 2008 07:50PM

I have Nevr-Dull - it is pretty good stuff, perhaps I will start there...and if not, I will try some very fine scotchbrite...

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Re: Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: Andrew ()
Date: February 05, 2008 08:22PM

Use WD-40 and 000 steel wool. The WD keeps it lubed so it doesnt scratch. Those green household grade scotchbrite MAY be okay, But bodyshop grade ScotchBrite's are too aggressive.

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Re: Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: patpaldino ()
Date: February 05, 2008 08:35PM

Wd-40! Now you're talking!! I like that idea...makes sense! I will have to try it once it's stops raining out...

Thx!!

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Re: Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: streblerm ()
Date: February 05, 2008 08:41PM

DO NOT USE A SCOTCHBRITE ON CHROME!!!!! or glass.

000 steel wool is the way to go. use the cleaner/lubricant/protectant of your choice. I like never-dul, but it is more for fine cleaning. rubbing compound works too.

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Re: Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: firevair66 ()
Date: February 05, 2008 08:41PM

there is also a product caller Scuff-it by 3M we use it in all phases of our restoration work . It is very effective and non agressive in chrome rust cleaning.
It is a good all round cleaning and paint prep product to have around.

Try it;
John Shoemaker



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Re: Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: patpaldino ()
Date: February 05, 2008 08:41PM

I will go with the steel wool...I already have some of that! Thanks!!!

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Re: Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: patpaldino ()
Date: February 05, 2008 08:57PM

Scuff it - in the tube...yeah that's good for taking down clearcoat, never though to use it on chrome...thats' why I love this forum!

thx..

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Re: Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: patpaldino ()
Date: February 05, 2008 09:54PM

I'll have to take some pics....the further in you go...the more rust! It's like barnacles on the rocks at the ocean....

Guess I had better start saving up for a new exhaust smiling smiley

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Re: Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: patpaldino ()
Date: February 05, 2008 10:47PM

So here's what she looks like...

(at least my car looks good on the outside anyway...)

Any NEW suggestions for something like this...? smiling smiley


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Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: Steve O ()
Date: February 05, 2008 11:28PM

High temp black paint....

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Re: Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: February 05, 2008 11:44PM

Scotch brite pads are the enemy. There are too many grades in the hands of idiots. In proper hands each grade has a purpose. All sponges here come with green scotch-brite on one side and all silverware, pots, etc. are scratched, painted surfaces like toilet seats with thin paint remaining. They should come with a warning in 10 languages and a package that can't be opened without reading the warning so that those who can't read can't open it.

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Re: Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: Mike J ()
Date: February 06, 2008 01:22AM

I use "S.O.S." pads on all my chrome. Or, generic "soap pads" which are just fine steel wool & soap together. Works great. Do it lightly and there are no scratches.

Never Dull is great if the if your chrome turns blue.

Mike J
Northern Calif
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Re: Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: marv ()
Date: February 06, 2008 03:53PM

Take it to get Cerma Chromed

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Re: Remove Surface Rust from Chrome Exhaust - Any Advice???
Posted by: patpaldino ()
Date: February 06, 2008 03:59PM

Wow nice, Marv! Where do you get that done?

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