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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-07-2019, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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exhaust pipe mess

Can anybody help me? I accidentally melted a plastic bag on my exhaust pipe and am not sure how to get it off without hurting the chrome . Please Help!!!!
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-07-2019, 06:51 PM
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Hey Robin,

When I get boot heels melted on my pipes I soak the marks with oven cleaner and let it sit. Overnight some times. That usually softens the boot material. I also had some luck with electrical cleaner. You might try that (on cold pipes) to see if it softens the plastic.


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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 07:32 AM
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Try acetone with a light weight scrubber, like scotch guard works most of the time.
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Try acetone with a light weight scrubber, like scotch guard works most of the time.
Bob, the acetone is good advice, but I’ve had the scotch pads scratch chrome. Fortunately it was on my son’s old Honda Shadow, Lol.

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Use 4 ought steel wool instead of the Scotch Brite. I have never had it scratch chrome.
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Harley has a product to remove melted heel marks tha I couldnt get off with other methods. I have heard many favorable responses about 0000 steel wool as mentioned above but havent had to use it yet Good luck

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Watch this video . . . The second part of the video shows how oven cleaner can be used to clean off the exhaust.

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I am not sure about plastic, but when I get my boot black marks on the pipe I use a copper penny. Works great!
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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-12-2019, 10:02 AM
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I use bon ami. Powder cleanser on boot marks.
I use a wet paper towel with the powder on my pipes . This product doesn’t scratch!
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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-12-2019, 08:44 PM
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If you happen to be or know a re-loader, "Silver Canyon cartridge polishing cleaner" (The stuff used to re-fresh tumbler media) Works awesomely! I used just a dab on a cotton rag. It got every boot mark, tar mark, every mark off my pipes! I discovered this after i melted a boot sole on my pipe and tried it on a whim! Not a single scratch or mar. The pipes look new!
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