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Right all just a quick one this, alls you will need is a good polish ( I recomend Autosol ) spare half hour and alot of elbow grease. As you know the standard exhaust is a dull aluminium colour and most aftermarkets are a nice silver or carbon. Heres how to get your standard shining.

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Get some of that stuff or equivelent ( T cut or meguiars Next gen polish ) and put a small amount on a rag, work into the metal with a good amount of force until black residue starts coming of ( this is when you know its working ) Keep at it cleaning of used polish with a clean, dry rag. After a short time you should see the effects coming through. After a good half hour this is what you should see

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Keep doing that and itll look awesome :) PLEASE NOTE - You will have to repeat this process to keep it looking smart because it will dull and fade.

Hope this helps.
 

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dont look to bad does it? just needs alot of upkeep tbh though mines been in garage for 4 month still quiete clean
 

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I deleted the duplicate post, and moved this one to the How To's section.
This post is relevant for more or less any stock aluminium (whatever metal it is) exhaust.
Would you agree?
 

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dont look to bad does it? just needs alot of upkeep tbh though mines been in garage for 4 month still quiete clean
One of the reasons I couldn't handle a cruiser :p
 

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lolol. Speaking of cruisers. try owning a virago 1100 all highway hawk accecories :D
 

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Hmmmmmmm.......
 

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Looks good. How much is this Autosol? And do you have to take Off the exhaust for best results?
 

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Looks good. How much is this Autosol? And do you have to take Off the exhaust for best results?
No! There is no need to take the exhaust off, but I found it usefull to take the end of the can off. (Just un-screw the three bolts at the end of the exhaust, and remove the black thing.)

I used autoglym metal polish. I ordered it from amazon, expecting a little tube of it (similar to that pictured) but instead I got a 500ml bottle!
 

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Also, Mayoh, did you rub it in a circular motion, or in straight lines?

I did mine in straight lines, as the metal origionally had a sort of 'grain' to it. You can still sort of see it, so I was wondereing how is should do it when it needs repeating? Does doing it in circular motions get rid of the 'grain'?

Hope this makes sence! lol, it's kinda hard to explain!
 

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Lol. As with any polished metal you will see fine lines in it anyway, circular or straight line doesnt matter, tend to be quicker with circular as you can put more force into it. Grain will stay there but fine lines will appear like swirl marks as it is an abrasive, just like swirl marks when cleaning, unavoidable.
 

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i wonder if you could you polish it so it like a mirror then give it a few layers of clear coat ??
 

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its exhaust dude, hight temperatures will make it come off... and what the point of doing that?
 

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u can get heat resistant clear coat its only the cover rnd the exhaust it doesn't get that hot well atleast mine doesn't, and the point of clear coat it would preserve the mirror finish underneath save you polishing it all the time....just a thought
 

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Ahhh metal polish! if you are proper into getting all the imperfections out, then use autosol and work it in, clean off then using new rags use meguires metal polish, and be just as harsh if not harsher with the amount of force/elbow grease you use and it will remove 99% of swirl marks depending how deep they are! I used these products to polish up the engine bay in many of my previous cars, and for some bits and bobs on couple of bikes bloody amazing stuff!
 
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