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Tail pipe detailing

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by dcutler1, Jul 1, 2013.

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    dcutler1

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    I have a 328i with the sport package and so it has a nice metal twin tailpipe coming out the back. Whenever I wash the car, I notice that it has some black spots on it which are either cooked road tar and/or stains from the exhaust itself (on the lips). I've tried getting these spots off with bug and tar remover but this doesn't work and since I don't know what it's made of, I've been reluctant to try anything "stronger" (ie: metal polish, etc.).

    Does anyone have an idea what I can try in order to clean this black stuff off without damaging the metal surface of the tailpipe?
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    floydarogers

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    Chrome polish is what I use.
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    Satch SoSoCalifortified

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    I'd start with something like Krud Kutter and stop somewhere short of 100-grit sandpaper.
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    gotmilk?

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    I noticed the same thing with my 328. It's just exhaust sediment, but it does kind of bake on. I first tried wadding polish, no good. I just got some Smartpolish by Smartwax this week and it worked well. I needed a little elbow grease but it cut the sooty stuff without scratching. My poor old pickup is the guinea pig for any car care product before it gets to my car.
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    wellardmac Ninja World Traveler

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    toddreg

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    The new turbo 4 bangers are really spittin out some crude for some reason. Mine are black and nothing will get it off. Brass cleaner, chrome cleaner, WD-40, nothing. Have heard you can take steel wool to it but I don't know the type so I haven't gone that route yet.
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    ChristopherG

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    Tar remover then a piece of clay bar that you don't plan on using on paint ever again works pretty well.
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    Satch SoSoCalifortified

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    I'd start with Krud Kutter (which is also good for taking off autocross cone scars. Shut up).

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