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    Cleaning stainless steel muffler/silencer

    I'm sure there is a long thread somewhere, but my search attempts were fruitless...

    How do I best get the little black bits from the road off of the shiny stainless steel muffler/silencer without marring the surface?

    For good measure, since I suspect the same people have the same answer, favorite method to polish the chrome exhaust?


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    There is a cleaning powder for stainless steel pots and pans. I've used it on my muffler. As for the black bits, are they tar? I think I was able to use the stainless steel cleaner on tar also. Didn't seem to damage the finish.
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    I find WD40 works great at removing tar from the bike and riding gear.

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    I use Turtle Wax or Gunk tar and bug remover.
    I use Cameo Aluminum and Stainless Steel cleaner on our stainless steel pans but it's a little too coarse for highly polished surfaces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalterK75 View Post
    There is a cleaning powder for stainless steel pots and pans. I've used it on my muffler. As for the black bits, are they tar? I think I was able to use the stainless steel cleaner on tar also. Didn't seem to damage the finish.
    What cleaner are you using. My silencer is cleanable with soap and water. It's the headers that would look nicer if polished.
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    3M Adhesive, Tar, and Wax Remover.

    Follow directions on the spray can.

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    On my first oilhead ('96 R1100RS), I used Simichrome paste on exhaust headers.
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    27 years in the Auto Body & Paint field, buy very fine steel wool and wax and grease remover from any body shop supply store in your area and your all set.

    You will be amazed on how perfect it works, I use fine steel wool on all chrome emblems grills bumpers etc.

    Then treat chrome parts with any chrome polish after your done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ballen262 View Post
    27 years in the Auto Body & Paint field, buy very fine steel wool and wax and grease remover from any body shop supply store in your area and your all set.

    You will be amazed on how perfect it works, I use fine steel wool on all chrome emblems grills bumpers etc.

    Then treat chrome parts with any chrome polish after your done.
    I like the 0000 grade of steel wool for most metal. Despite conventional wisdom, it also works great on glass (used before some liquid) and causes no scratches.
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    For tar and other grease/oil stains........old style, non-pumice GoJo and a terry cloth rag. It might take some rubbing, but there is minimal chance of damage. The oil in the GoJo floats the grease/tar off of the surface.

    Good trick for cleaning finished wood cabinets, too. Removes the grease, without damaging the clear coat
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    For tar and other grease/oil stains........old style, non-pumice GoJo and a terry cloth rag.
    Never thought of that one. I'll give it a try next time.
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    Mineral spirits paint thinner for tar.
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    This is nothing to do with your pipes but I also carry a can of foamed window glass cleaner that end of a ride or after a hard bug swarm hit on the front of the bike I spray the glass cleaner all over the front and it will take off bug crap including the acid from the bugs very quick and easy.

    plus it puts on a small protection on bike.

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    I like WD-40 or Naptha for tar.

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