Extreme exhaust tip detail

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  1. Sp!ke

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    I thought I'd show some before and after pictures to show what you can achieve with some persistence.

    This is how the exhaust tip when I took it off the car. It looks like it should be scrapped but it is £300 for a new exhaust tip so I thought I'd see if I could improve its appearance before parting with my cash.

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    A couple of hours of sanding, working from a course grade down to a fine grade and then 20 minutes with a polishing mop ended with this.

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    Yep, one of THOSE !!!
    Very impressive.

    Looks as good as new !!!
     
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    Excellent job!
     
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    What did you use? And how long did it take?
     
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    I started on an 80 grit coarse sandpaper and worked down to 1200 wet and dry. Then finished it off with a polishing mop and polish (3 grades).

    It took a couple of hours using 50 percent graft and 50 percent powertools.
     
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    Great job!

    I have four of the buggers I want to get right. Tried oven cleaner (very carefully) - was ok but still some deposit left.

    Are they easy to remove, Sp!ke? Had never occurred to me to take them off.

    Tim
     
  7. Rashman

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    Cracking work Spike! :rock:

    My tailpipes weren't anywhere near as bad as yours was to start with but that's exactly the method I employed.

    Although I don't have any tools/ machinery so I had to do it by hand :crazy:

    Fair play for persevering.. I know how long it takes, but as you now know, it's well worth it :rock:

    Many people do not advise using sandpaper for fear of working through the chrome.

    But it is indeed possible if you take your time and be careful.

    Great results, Spike.

    :thumb:
     
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    It isn't chrome, it is stainless steel so just go for it.

    On the late R129 models they came painted black from the factory.
     
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    Looks like we've both been at it..
    I spent 6 hours polishing.. er.. everything!
    Lol
     
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    Rash...I'm speechless!
     
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    Hey Greg :thumb:

    It was a marathon session but I'm very happy with the results.

    I really didn't think it was possible to bring the pipe work, back boxes and brackets back to life... but I was very wrong! :rock:
     
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    And after an Autosol treatment

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    Good effort! :rock:
    Looks soooo much better! :thumb:

    lol... looks like we've all been at it! :D
     
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    Anyone else love to see what the interior of Rash's wardrobe looks like ?

    I bet it's all colour co-ordinated, split between work and leisure with shoe boxes, ties in colour order and not a thing out of place.
     
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    rash thats mental

    Spike thats a top job , it looked unsalvagable
     
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    Hahaha... you joker :rolleyes::D
     
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    Hey dude, hope you are well! :rock:

    Yes, I was really pleased with the results of my polishing mission! :D

    Once I started and saw that it could all be cleaned up, I was like an excited child and couldn't wait to see it once I'd finished! :D

    Completely agree with you about Spike's tailpipe... It looked like it had been in a fire and then buried! :eek:

    He did a cracking job.
     
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    Epic & top job on the tips! Well done:)
     
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    Great work.
    Are you sure the tailpipes are stainless?
    Oh,and Rash,fantastic job but what about that speck of dust I saw inside at Brooklands?
     
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    Hahaha... :rolleyes:

    Thanks bud :thumb:
     

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