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post #1 of 22 Old Dec 24th, 2005, 9:44 am Thread Starter
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Cleaning muffler tip?

Looking for suggestions for safely cleaning the soot off the exhaust muffler while protecting the metal finish. The spots on the floor I just wipe up with some 409 and a paper towel, but I want to clean the muffler tip without scratching it.

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post #2 of 22 Old Dec 24th, 2005, 9:50 am
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I've used Nevr-Dull with success.

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Hi Bob!

If you go to the old site and search for oven cleaner (entire phrase), you'll turn up some threads with suggestions on how to keep the tip clean - including unsing oven cleaner!
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I use a shot of widex and an old toothbrush -- the brush is the key. Oven cleaners are caustic and I personally would not use them.

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I use a very very gentle cleaner for the whole bike and it cleans off the soot from the muffler while using the wash mit used to clean the bike.

No abrasive or caustic anything is used on my LT.

Its Suzuki Bike Wash. It comes in a spray bottle or in a 1 gallon refill. Use it straight, no dillution necessary. This stuff is amazing, leaves no residue and takes the bugs, brake dust, and exhaust soot, no scrubbing, just wash as normal once sprayed on. Works well on tar too.

I use this stuff on everything, it does not harm plastics, windscreens, brightwork, doesn't dull aluminum. I also use Eagle One car wash soap for the remainder of my vehicles. The Suzuki Bike Wash gently takes off the difficult stuff.

My Honda dealer turned me on to this stuff when I was fighting the brake schmutz on the Wing's wheels. They are just about sold out every time I go to get more.

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I just used a little Mag Wheel cleaner on a cloth.

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I use a good brake cleaner or electronic cleaner, then spray with simple green and wipe with an old towel.
After I have finished wiping with a dry cloth, l take some blue away on the top an rub it until it has all vanished.

If I have time and don't get to lazy I will do the complete muffler that way.

LOL
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Here in the UK we use Solvol Autosol which incedently is made in Germany.
Its a white paste and it can be used on on most type,s of metal,s.

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In an effort to limit purchasing yet another can of stuff to crowd my already overflowing garage I tried wheel cleaner and it works. I just spray some on when I spray the wheels and let it set while I wash the bike. What doesn't drip off is easily removed with a soft cloth or brush. I have tried a couple different brands and it seemed that no particular one worked best.

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Another vote for Simple Green

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I use a good brake cleaner or electronic cleaner, then spray with simple green and wipe with an old towel.
After I have finished wiping with a dry cloth, l take some blue away on the top an rub it until it has all vanished.

If I have time and don't get to lazy I will do the complete muffler that way.

LOL
I also use Simple Green for brake dust on the wheels and diluted on the bodywork to remove "fresh bugs". When doing the muffler I use SG and follow up with Never Dull.

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I use Metal Polish from Master Formula. It doesn't require any effort except for putting a nickel-sized amount on a cloth and wiping it on the tail-pipe. Doesn't scratch and cleans wonderfully. Here's the link: http://www.master-formula.com/Metal%20Polish.htm
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S-100?

Has anyone had luck with S-100 with the LT? I used this exclusively on my HD, and it worked great esp. with all of the chrome and nooks/crannies on the HD - spray on, let set for a few minutes and wash off. Towel dry and you're set except for the occasional polish/wax. The key is thorough washing, or it'll leave a white residue. Haven't tried it yet with the LT but I guess it should work? Anyone else?

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s-100

yup... works fine for me. Don't spray on electrics tho..

I spray everything else to dampen as recommended. I rinse off the bike then use a damp rag to capture some of the soap and, in the diluted state, wipe down the dash/console and handlebars and other areas.

Then continue rinsing.... a LOT. I've found the starboard and port BMW emblems seem to hold lots of the soap. Also, since you can't wash beneath the Tupperware very well, I find I squirt copious amounts of water... GENTLY into the cracks and creases.

For me, drying can be "assisted" by use of the exhaust of a ShopVac.

Hope this works for you...

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I use Simichrome

http://www.newmantools.com/simi.htm

Suggested to me by a guy who makes his living detailing cars, bikes and what not for folks with way too much money.

He's right - stuff works great.

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Brillo pads

It is interesting reading all the different stuff folks use to clean the exhaust residue off of the back of the tail pipe. I use a BRAND NEW Brillo pad. Lots of water and very little pressure and it comes right off and it doesn't even scratch the metal. Learned that trick from an old timer on keeping the chrome clean on my old '66 Comet.

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Don't forget Semichrome polish. Toothpaste on a soft cloth would probably work well.

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Thanks everyone, great feedback. Enjoy the holidays!

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S-100

S-100 is the best for cleaning everything.... Just washed my beast today and S-100 removes the brake dust, bugs and all the road grime. Just rinse everything - A LOT!!!!

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never dull works great.
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I use Honda Polish on mine and it works great. My question is, who in the world came up with the crazy, stupid exhaust system in the first place. Why not use a plain turn down like on the Remus exhaust system so you would not have this on-going problem. I would seem that after 6 years of so with the same stupid design that it could have been improved.
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"ditto" on Semichrome Polish

I have used it for more than 30 years on all chrome. Just rub with a little and then polish off. Lasts a long time.

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An old timer once tipped me on using Bon Ami to polish chrome bumpers. It works great and is inexpensive. I don't know why it wouldn't work for this.
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