Exhaust pipe discoloration

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Exhaust pipe discoloration

#1 Unread post 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?

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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.
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That's kind of what I thought. Once the metal is blue, it stays blue. Thanks.
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#4 Unread post 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.
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Guess I learn to like it. Thanks.
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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.

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#7 Unread post by Sundog65 »

Interesting idea!
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#8 Unread post by JackoftheGreen »

Here's an example of the technique:
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#9 Unread post by Sundog65 »

That is very cool. Thanks for the picture. I'll post a picture if I decide to do it.
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Blue pipes matter. Embrace the Blue.

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