Polishing exhaust tips and pipes

All performance cars

All performance cars have a special voice, a sweet sound that makes so many of us fall in love with the different cars we own or desire. Some people might call this device an exhaust, but any car guy or girl will tell you it's a whole lot more than that. On that very place where so much joyous sound comes from is an area of the car that strangely begins life as one of the shiniest parts of a car, but due to its closeness to the ground, carbon build up from long sporting drives and not to mention all the debris that gets swirled around at the rear of the car, you get all manner of dirt and grime bonding onto it, leading to it fast becoming one of the dirtiest. 

The exhaust on the 1964 Quad Cam Porsche 356 Carrera gets a bit of carbon and grime build up.  

Over time, it slowly becomes dirtier and dirtier, till it's almost unrecognisable. This quick guide is about how to bring the chrome and polished stainless types back to new again with a couple of popular products from our great car care range.

Cleaning out the pipes

  • First thing to do is spray our Agent Orange degreasing citrus cleaner directly onto the area to be cleaned. Spray it about 15cm away from pipes.
  • Leave it sit for a minute or two, then get a Dirty Deeds microfibre cloth and wipe the area clean. Gloves can be a good idea as this can be a very messy job. Make sure you fold the cloth into quarters and use a new section of cloth with each wipe/pass, turning it often so you have a clean section of cloth each time you wipe. Wipe and spray till the area is as clean as you can get it.
  • We also like to clean off the carbon deposits in the exhaust while we're at it by spraying the inners with Agent Orange and then unceremoniously sticking a small bristle wheel brush up the pipes, spinning it around and cleaning the insides. Be warned, as this can get quite messy, particularly if you're using the "in and out" technique with a bit of speed for cleaning them. Just make sure you're not wearing a nice, clean white shirt, as it will become splattered with carbon residue!
  • Rinse with water and wipe the pipes clean.
  • If there is excessive carbon build up (like on many turbo powered cars), the area around the pipes could very well need a clay bar, followed up with a polish of the Auto Body Cleanser and finally Protected with the Auto Body Wax, Lazy Wax or Fully Slick around the exhaust.
  • Once you're done with that, it will become quite noticeable that the exhaust tips will need a clean up. So grab our Metal Polish and a Dirty Deeds microfibre cloth.


Polishing the pipes

  • Fold the Dirty Deeds microfibre cloth in half longways.
  • Apply a 10 cent sized dob of Metal Polish in the middle of the cloth. This polish doesnt' work as well when you use too much - LESS IS BEST!
  • Wrap it around the exhaust, holding onto both ends of the cloth and gently pull it from side to side in a moderate fashion.
  • Slowly work your way around the exhaust, till all the areas are done, not forgetting to polish the tip of them as well.
  • Wipe the freshly polished area clean with an unused section of the microfibre cloth (or a separate cloth if you have a few lying about) and inspect the exhaust tip. If it looks like it could still be better, go for it again.
  • Our Metal Polish offers a good sealant in its formula as well, so it should be easier to clean this area from now on.

Once you're happy with the results, take her for a drive to dry any water out of the exhaust. 

Any questions?

You can get these great car care products at all of our great retailers nationwide. Find your closest one in the link at the bottom of this article. 

If you have any questions or feedback about this article please contact me by email - dan@bowdensown.com.au or call our office on 1800 351 308

Love your car,

Dan Bowden

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