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Offline stantheman

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should I use wire wool
« on: June 03, 2015, 04:05:03 pm »
After a 1300 mile trip around Scotland..my downpipes are black with baked on grime and tar...there was a lot of new tarmac laying when we where there...spent ages today with solvol..didn't touch it!..question is..will wire wool damage the finish on the pipes?....ta guys..

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Re: should I use wire wool
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2015, 05:24:45 pm »
It will look slightly different if you use Wire Wool - but that won't last for long.

For Tar Stains I use Brake or Carb cleaner - that sort of SAFE solvent - on a rag. No doubt Thinners might be effective.
Tar Spots on the Silencer come off with SILVO wadding but I never use anything abrasive on the silencer.

The downpipes will never be shiny bright all the time, unless you get really obsessive about it. The type of Stainless Steel used will dis-colour with use but it's not a failure or fault as I understand..
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Re: should I use wire wool
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2015, 05:25:13 pm »
I have always found rag soaked in petrol or maybe using pan scrub and petrol gets off what is going to come in the way of tar. Then panscrub and solvol autosol to finish. Don't smoke while doing this !

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Re: should I use wire wool
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2015, 05:49:08 pm »
Nevrdull is the best product I've found 
http://www.nevrdull.com/   
If you can't find it at a UK retailer you can buy it on Amazon's UK site
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Re: should I use wire wool
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2015, 06:17:38 pm »
*Originally Posted by stantheman [+]
After a 1300 mile trip around Scotland..my downpipes are black with baked on grime and tar...there was a lot of new tarmac laying when we where there...spent ages today with solvol..didn't touch it!..question is..will wire wool damage the finish on the pipes?....ta guys..

Ive used WD40 and this works well.

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Re: should I use wire wool
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2015, 06:24:42 pm »
Auto Glym offer a Tar Remover that works, as do all their products, at a price!

My silencer started to show rust like signs.  I used the Auto Glym Tar Remover and SolvolAutosil and it looked like new.  As for the down pipes they look horrible but I can hardly see them and prefer to ride than clean.  Had 25 years of Harley ownership to get all the cleaning bug out of me!

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