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~ How To Polish Your Exhaust~

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  1. Dragu1a

    Dragu1a Active Member Established Member

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    i just picked up a used 3" exhaust, they're in pretty rough shape. i have a few days off coming up, so i'm hoping to tackle this task while they're off the car.

    depending on how much i hate life while doing this, i may attempt to polish up the old exhaust before i post it up in the market.
     
  2. 97WHITEVENOM

    97WHITEVENOM Well-Known Member Established Member

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    A quick ignorant question. Is there a reason everyone is doing this mainly by hand and not using a rubber/foam pad with correct grit on a polisher?
     
  3. Wallace7666

    Wallace7666 New Member Established Member

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    Do you think this will be worth it to do on a SRA car? you only really see the tailpipe through the wheel well, but with the way all these turned out its hard not to do it!
     
  4. KevinD92

    KevinD92 Member Established Member

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    Will these Stingers polish up? image_zpsb79b6900.jpg image_zps5572a652.jpg
     
  5. 03cobra#694

    03cobra#694 Want to play a game? Staff Member Super Moderator

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    ^^^Yes, but don't try sanding the tips. They're chrome.
     
  6. KevinD92

    KevinD92 Member Established Member

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    What store will carry every grit of wetsand paper for this? I want to find somewhere local to buy it at. AdvanceAuto has everything but 100, 220, and 320 in wet
     
  7. Jmccormick

    Jmccormick TERMN8D Established Member

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    Did my Magnaflow!

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    Now the daunting task of actually getting these tail pipes level!

    using some mini levels.

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  8. 04sleeper

    04sleeper Runs On "Liquid Gold" Staff Member Super Moderator

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    You can use regular sand paper for the lower grits. Home Depot should have it.

    Wow! That looks fantastic!!!:rockon:
     
  9. Jmccormick

    Jmccormick TERMN8D Established Member

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    Thanks!

    I used a DA for the heavy grits up to 320. Then jumped from 320 dry DA to 600 wet and worked my way up from there.

    The kit was used to begin with and I had to lot of imperfections to work out before I got into the lighter grits.
     
  10. KevinD92

    KevinD92 Member Established Member

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    Around how long did you guys spend on each grit?
     
  11. Jmccormick

    Jmccormick TERMN8D Established Member

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    until the last grits marks were gone.
     
  12. HandBanana

    HandBanana Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Anybody have any pictures of doing their aluminized system? I have Flowmasters on my car and don't really want to go about buying another catback but the bling factor of these polished SS systems is really tempting.
     
  13. Jmccormick

    Jmccormick TERMN8D Established Member

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    You would be wasting time on an aluminized system.
     
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    HandBanana Well-Known Member Established Member

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    :cryying::cryying::cryying: I don't believe you! You went to a lot of trouble to polish yours and the things don't even stand out on your car.
     
  15. Jmccormick

    Jmccormick TERMN8D Established Member

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    I did what I did to my car because I like knowing things are right and perfect (IMO) even If I don't see them.

    That is irrelevant though, the argument isn't that it's a waste of time because no one will see it. The argument is simple, aluminized shit doesn't polish well.


    An aluminized system won't polish out anywhere near what a stainless will so it would be a waste to invest time into polishing something like that regardless of weather it's seen or not.

    My tail pipes are seen very easily front behind the car, it's hard to capture that on a crummy iPhone camera. Someday I will get legit pictures of it.

    I polished my driveshaft.....waste of time? Maybe, but the fact of the matter is it polished out to a mirror so it was worth it to me.

    Do what ya do, polishing aluminized is a waste.
     
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  16. Thunder Bolt

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    04sleeper, thanks for the tips! I took my semi-polished Pypes violator cat-back to a new level.

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  17. 04sleeper

    04sleeper Runs On "Liquid Gold" Staff Member Super Moderator

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    No problem! :beer:

    Looks Great! :thumbsup:
     
  18. dom418

    dom418 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    What are everyone's thoughts on getting the exhaust chromed from a shop? Has this been done before? Cost might be worth the hours of back breaking sanding.
     
  19. allgo90

    allgo90 Active Member Established Member

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    spent a few hours polishing my new borla catback last night....i think i need to spend more time on each grit because i was not happy with the results. how many sheets of sandpaper should you go through of each grit on one IRS tail pipe?
     
  20. 03cobra#694

    03cobra#694 Want to play a game? Staff Member Super Moderator

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    As many as it takes to get the previous grit lines out. I did the same, wasn't happy with the first side I did and ended up doing it over. I think I had 4-5 hrs on each side.
     

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