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Cleaning
« on: February 10, 2016, 09:21:22 pm »
I have had bikes for many years so I should know the answer to this.  The subject of cleaning has come up before but not specifically the exhaust.  I have a stock exhaust which I remove each time I want to give it a thorough clean so that I ca get to the back , nearest the wheel.   

I sue good old Autosol, give the exhaust a soap wash and rinse then start working the autosol on to it to remove all the hard tar spots.   I find it better to remove the exhaust so that I can work on it standing up on my workbench,  the old bones in the back don't take much bending down or squatting.   It takes a while and a bit of elbow to get all the tar spots off but it comes up looking pretty good, until the next ride at least.

Question,  is this the best option or am I missing something.  Anyone got a better way of cleaning the exhaust?

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Re: Cleaning
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2016, 09:35:15 pm »
Have you tried some Holts ( or other Brand ) of specific Tar Remover to get rid of the Tar spots ?

They just dissolve away with very little effort,
and you can then use the Autosol to bring up the shine   :028:


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Re: Cleaning
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2016, 10:00:39 pm »
I remove those Tar spots with White spirit. :152:
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Re: Cleaning
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2016, 10:01:52 pm »
Or alternatively... Don't clean... Ride!  :745:
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Re: Cleaning
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2016, 10:31:30 pm »
Cropbiker,

it's your fault that I'm cleaning the bike.   Everyone will see it on 27th.  :745: :745: :745:

Thanks guys,   I'm off to the local shop to spend some money on bloody cleaning gear.  Well, I did  ask didn't I.  :028: :028:

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Re: Cleaning
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2016, 01:26:31 am »
Let me know if you find something that works.  The issue is not so much road tar, which comes off easily from paint with bug & tar remover, but dirt and other debris getting baked onto the exhaust.  I used to use Nevr-Dull on my Thunderbird, but those were chrome pipes, vs. the brushed finish on the Trophy.  I don't want to end up removing the satin finish in the process.

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Re: Cleaning
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2016, 06:19:58 am »
*Originally Posted by Phil [+]
Cropbiker,

it's your fault that I'm cleaning the bike.   Everyone will see it on 27th.  :745: :745: :745:

Thanks guys,   I'm off to the local shop to spend some money on bloody cleaning gear.  Well, I did  ask didn't I.  :028: :028:

Freeway Phil

Yes.... I guess I may give it a quick rinse off... it is filthy right now....
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Re: Cleaning
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2016, 08:54:33 am »
OK for those stubborn bits on the exhaust I use a 3m Pad. Those green pads that are used as abrasive pads  :005: Before you all shout about ruining the finish or scratches, use WD40 with the pad and only go the way of the "Grain" on the finish. That is around the can and not up and down it as this will leave marks. I have used this method 20 + times and the can comes up like new  :169: Must also add that the pad is well worn and not new and not a small washing up type pad and sponge but more like a flexible small sheet of the stuff.
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