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How to make your tail pipes look as good as new?

Hi people,

I am looking to make my tail pipes look as godo as new. I have tried using chrome polish with very limited results.

Does anyone have any experience of rechroming? painting? cleaning? etc. etc.

Hope to hear from you soon,

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Ultra fine wet & dry, wire wood, autosol finished off with peak & a high temp wheel sealer.

Basically, elbow grease
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As above. However, I bought a cheap polishing bit off amazon and used in a drill to polish my door sills. I used Autoglym metal polish with one of these:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pro-Max-2pc-...etal+polishing

and got these results

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Wow! That is really good! Is the left hand side the uncomplete side and the right the newly polished area?
Have you tried this on the exhaust tailpipes?
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As above. However, I bought a cheap polishing bit off amazon and used in a drill to polish my door sills. I used Autoglym metal polish with one of these:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pro-Max-2pc-...etal+polishing

and got these results

http://i1061.photobucket.com/albums/...806_191557.jpg
Did this take any scratches out? Or just buff it?
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Wow! That is really good! Is the left hand side the uncomplete side and the right the newly polished area?
Have you tried this on the exhaust tailpipes?
Yeah thats it.

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Did this take any scratches out? Or just buff it?
Seemed to actually remove the scratches, plus I only spent about 10 mins doing it, a good session may yield even better results. It works good on exhaust tips but the chrome has actually come off on mine so cant really comment.
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Ultra fine wet & dry, wire wood, autosol finished off with peak & a high temp wheel sealer.

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Would 2000 grit wet and dry be ok?
 
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Would 2000 grit wet and dry be ok?
Lubricated with peek or autosol, yes
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Lubricated with peek or autosol, yes
Cheers SR, just as well it rained today i was going to use water
 
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Just thought but i have Brasso, would that be ok or is it to runny?
 
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Brasso is good as a finishing polish but not up to heavy soiling.
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1) Use a Steamer with some BBQ Cleaner to remove all the crud
2) Use "0000" Ultra Fine Wire Wool with a good quality metal polish paste / compound (Autosol, AG etc.)
3) Dremel Tool with Polishing Pads will remove light scratches, swirls etc. and always apply more polish with tool
4) I then finish with PBW Wheel Sealer using a foam pad, leave to cure for 10 mins
5) Apply 2-3 coats of this with a 10 min interval to fully cure
6) Hand finish with a MF cloth

Job is a lot easier with the exhaust off the car, as you can clean and polish the entire system.

Here is the Before and After on my Ragazzon...
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Thanks for the advice guys I gave my polish and they cam out pretty good, I did stray from the instructions here and did a combination of all them.

This is what I did:

1.) Clean the exhaust tips with bucket of water
2.) Used ultra fine wet and dry (2500 I think) with WD40 to rub the chrome down
3.) Washed them again
4.) Applied T-Cut chrome cleaner and polish using the mop head and a electric hand drill multiple times
5.) Then applied 3 coats of wheel sealant, Autoglym product

I did remove the rear ground spoiler and loosen the exhaust to get better excess which was the hardest bit. I am very happy with the results.
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