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Cleaning inlet pipes

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Has anyone got photos of a before and after job of getting rid of rust spots from their V6 inlet pipes?
Reason is Im worried about using steel wool as I believe this will remove the shine and leave a matte finish
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If you use a metal polish, like Solvol Autosol, you'll clean up the pipes fairly well.

The rust spots build up where the chrome is chipped or damaged and the metal underneath is rusting outwards. If you have any spots of rust, they'll be eliminated by the metal polish.. but the area where the chrome is chipped will remain. You can protect these by applying polish into the chip and letting it dry.. but you need to keep cleaning the pipes to keep the chips from corroding again.

Wire wool is way too abrasive. Don't use it or you'll end up with very scratched pipes.

A re-chrome isn't toooo dear. http://www.collinschemicalblacking.co.uk will sort you out, about a tenner a pipe.

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If you use a metal polish, like Solvol Autosol, you'll clean up the pipes fairly well.

The rust spots build up where the chrome is chipped or damaged and the metal underneath is rusting outwards. If you have any spots of rust, they'll be eliminated by the metal polish.. but the area where the chrome is chipped will remain. You can protect these by applying polish into the chip and letting it dry.. but you need to keep cleaning the pipes to keep the chips from corroding again.

Wire wool is way too abrasive. Don't use it or you'll end up with very scratched pipes.

A re-chrome isn't toooo dear. Collins Chemical Blacking - Chrome Plating, Zinc Plating, Electroplating - London will sort you out, about a tenner a pipe.

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Cheers Ralf You used these guys, very helpfull,you used these guys?
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Aye! They did mine and they came up alright..

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Aye! They did mine and they came up alright..

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Holy crap!

What kind of turnaround time was it and how about the postage charges?
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I only work a few miles away so I managed to drop mine in.

They took about a week to come back but my fella was off the road having a head gasket fixed, so time wasn't really an issue for me. Anyway, I don't like to rush people... hopefully so I don't get a "rushed" job.

If they're not near enough, have a look for some more local plating firms. I found the CCB advert in the back of a classic car (or bike?) magazine.


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If you use a metal polish, like Solvol Autosol, you'll clean up the pipes fairly well.

The rust spots build up where the chrome is chipped or damaged and the metal underneath is rusting outwards. If you have any spots of rust, they'll be eliminated by the metal polish.. but the area where the chrome is chipped will remain. You can protect these by applying polish into the chip and letting it dry.. but you need to keep cleaning the pipes to keep the chips from corroding again.

Wire wool is way too abrasive. Don't use it or you'll end up with very scratched pipes.

A re-chrome isn't toooo dear. Collins Chemical Blacking - Chrome Plating, Zinc Plating, Electroplating - London will sort you out, about a tenner a pipe.

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Just heard back from collins 35.00 per-pipe
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Eh? The scoundrels! They did mine for either 10 or 15, just last year.

Mind you I popped down and saw the fellas in the morning (on the way to work) with a load of other parts, so maybe bundling everything together helped.


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Eh? The scoundrels! They did mine for either 10 or 15, just last year.

Mind you I popped down and saw the fellas in the morning (on the way to work) with a load of other parts, so maybe bundling everything together helped.


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Theyve just e-mailed me back to tell me another 15 for courier. Jive Turkeys, Id want gold uns for that
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Thought you guys might be interested 163.00 for a brand new set including rubber collars from Alfa.............shove that 35 per pipe
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That's a good deal..

I'm sure the list price was higher than that when I asked.. as I did compare the cost of new vs refurb. pipes (I remember the new pipes were 40 each or therabouts, without the rubbers). Maybe AR reduced the prices for old stuff?


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