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Exhaust Polishing

Discussion in 'Bonneville' started by Repooh, Sep 12, 2018.

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  1. Repooh

    Repooh Well-Known Member
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    Exhaust polishing, not a metaphor for some dodgy shed based activity, but actual metal polishing.

    So I prefer the shiny steel colour of the downpipes, however like many exhausts the impurities of the metals leech out under heat and turn the pipes browny-goldish. So I use Autosol and polish them back to shiny steel.

    Question for you clever types is; will I damage, thin or compromise the pipes if I do this every couple of weeks
     
  2. Retired Phil

    Retired Phil Well-Known Member

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    absolutely not. its just polish. dont know if you can get this where you are, but I use White Diamond polish few times a year. doesnt get headers back to silver, but evens out the brownish color at the first downward bend. i kinda like the color transition.
     
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  3. BigCLM

    BigCLM Active Member

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    Not much you can do with the discoloration. Some like it, some don't. Only real way to stop it is to use chrome outer double-wall pipes like my old cruisers had. But not sure something like that is available for the street twin.
     
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  4. Rich Bryce

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    Autosol is fine. Harpic Power (has sulphuric acid in it) comes highly recommended for the job. Check it out on youtube.

     
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  6. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman Senior Member
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    I think the wife would have something to say if I told her I was going in the garage for a ( check the link):eek:
     
  7. Dartplayer

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    All the reading I’ve done points to blue job, so have ordered some (sent yesterday). I will do some before and after on my gallery of 2018 Speedmaster upgrades, after new chrome pipes started bluing (brown mottle is the start of the process)
     
  8. curly

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