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Exhaust pipe discoloration

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:01 pm
by Sundog65
Hi all,

Due to a carburetor problem with my 2009 V Star 1100 (which I've had fixed), one of my exhaust pipes has become slightly blued. Is there a way to restore it short of replacing the pipe?

Thanks.

Re: Exhaust pipe discoloration

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:36 pm
by GS_in_CO
Chrome polish?
When I bought my BMW long ago this was one of the questions but the answer in the BMW world is - live with it or polish nearly continuously.

Re: Exhaust pipe discoloration

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:52 pm
by Sundog65
That's kind of what I thought. Once the metal is blue, it stays blue. Thanks.

Re: Exhaust pipe discoloration

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:22 pm
by jstark47
Triumph Bonneville's do this with just a few hours of running from new. I've heard of a few products that allegedly remove the bluing, but I never heard that any of them work real well. Most Bonneville owners just accept it for what it is.

Re: Exhaust pipe discoloration

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:33 pm
by Sundog65
Guess I learn to like it. Thanks.

Re: Exhaust pipe discoloration

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:01 pm
by JackoftheGreen
I forget if I saw it here or discussed it with a fellow enthusiast, but I seem to recall someone else with blued pipes who had them blued down the entire length so it looked on-purpose. I never saw the finished effect but I'll bet someone has an example of such a modification. Just a thought.

Re: Exhaust pipe discoloration

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:22 pm
by Sundog65
Interesting idea!

Re: Exhaust pipe discoloration

Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 7:25 pm
by JackoftheGreen
Here's an example of the technique:
R1-Modified-Motorcycle-font-b-Exhaust-b-font-font-b-Pipe-b-font-Motorcycle-Parts-and.jpg
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Re: Exhaust pipe discoloration

Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:23 pm
by Sundog65
That is very cool. Thanks for the picture. I'll post a picture if I decide to do it.

Re: Exhaust pipe discoloration

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:00 pm
by Hanson
Blue pipes matter. Embrace the Blue.

Safe Travels,
Richard

Re: Exhaust pipe discoloration

Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:51 am
by brajon
There's a product called Blue-Job Chrome Polish that is designed for that kind of problem.