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Old 08-23-2015, 06:56 PM   #1
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Borla Chrome exhaust tips

Well I've tried just about anything to get these cleaned up and nothing seems to be working to me, would like to get them as close to new as i could. Are they too messed up and should consider re chrome plating them, if so, what is the price range for something like that. Heres a picture on the surface scratches that are all over the tips, is there anyway to remove that? Click image for larger version

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They are not chrome plated. They are polished stainless. Simply wet sand with 1000, 1500, 2000 then polish with mothers mag and aluminum polish and they are good as new sir. I polished these used mufflers

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That looks great! I tried mothers mag and aluminum and i read on the instructions that it wasn't turning black that it wasn't a polishable metal so thats what led me to believe they were chrome plated, would it work on the rolled end of the tips where it looks like it may be chipped away slightly, and just wet sand with water or would i want to add a little soap for lubrication?


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Yeah I put a few drops of baby shampoo in a spray bottle full of water and went to town in mine. It got all the road grime off in seconds and then the shine just got better and better.
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Alright thank you, about to get started on them right now and will let you know how they turn out!


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Old 08-23-2015, 10:44 PM   #8
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Yeah I put a few drops of baby shampoo in a spray bottle full of water and went to town in mine. It got all the road grime off in seconds and then the shine just got better and better.

I can definitely tell the different by just the 1000 grit so far but im having issues and am a little confused, is it supposed to look like (shiny section) or the abrased partClick image for larger version

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Mine did that a little but as I stepped down the grit it worked its way out. Then the polish finished it off. How did it do on the edge where it was all messed up?
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Mine did that a little but as I stepped down the grit it worked its way out. Then the polish finished it off. How did it do on the edge where it was all messed up?

Alright but which part is correct after the 1000 grit, shiny chrome look or abrased scraped look, and also what did you use to polish, by hand or machine?

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The scratches will continue to get smaller and lighter the more you step down in grits. So the 1000 does produce that effect. But the 1500 then 2000 makes it harder and harder to see. Then the polish really takes care of it all and gives it that mirror finish back. Just make sure you are keeping it wet. Make sure your sandpaper isn't gunked up either. That can cause deeper scratches.

I polished by hand. That's how I roll. But I'm sure if you have a polisher it will only speed up the process.
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The scratches will continue to get smaller and lighter the more you step down in grits. So the 1000 does produce that effect. But the 1500 then 2000 makes it harder and harder to see. Then the polish really takes care of it all and gives it that mirror finish back. Just make sure you are keeping it wet. Make sure your sandpaper isn't gunked up either. That can cause deeper scratches.

I polished by hand. That's how I roll. But I'm sure if you have a polisher it will only speed up the process.

Alright i will continue tomorrow, and I'm going to polish by hand too since i dont own a polisher, just use a terry cloth or microfiber?


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Alright i will continue tomorrow, and I'm going to polish by hand too since i dont own a polisher, just use a terry cloth or microfiber?


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Not quite the mirror finish like yours man but way better than before, appreciate the help, been busy and tired from work so only have one done. Could never get rid of this but oh well can't expect it to be perfect Click image for larger version

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They look pretty good to me! Glad it worked out for you man πŸ‘πŸ»
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