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Anyone have any pointers on cleaning the exhaust tips? Mine are all darkened from the exhaust. Don’t really want to use steel wool or anything abrasive.


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Anyone have any pointers on cleaning the exhaust tips? Mine are all darkened from the exhaust. Don’t really want to use steel wool or anything abrasive.


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I've had pretty good success using an acid based wheel cleaner and a soft bristled brush. I use Meguiar's Wheel Brightner. Definitely takes multiple applications if they haven't been cleaned in a while, but it does leave the chrome on the tips nice and shiny.

I'd love to find a quicker and better alternative though.
 

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Typically I use Windex + #0000 Steel Wool on tough/stubborn exhaust soot on tips, but you can also use/follow up with Adams Polishes Metal #1 & #2 metal cleaners with a microfiber rag should also do the trick. Chemical Guys also has a metal cleaner that works well.
 

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Someone on SS recommended a product called Barkeepers Friend. I was skeptical but purchased some online. All I can say is WOW! This stuff is amazing. It cuts through the exhaust soot like a hot knife through butter and leaves a clean shinny finish. Up to this point I had tried all kinds of cleaning products but many required too much elbow grease and didn't do a very good job. But this stuff does and is worth every penny. Give it a try and you will be amazed.
 

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Someone on SS recommended a product called Barkeepers Friend. I was skeptical but purchased some online. All I can say is WOW! This stuff is amazing. It cuts through the exhaust soot like a hot knife through butter and leaves a clean shinny finish. Up to this point I had tried all kinds of cleaning products but many required too much elbow grease and didn't do a very good job. But this stuff does and is worth every penny. Give it a try and you will be amazed.
I use that stuff on my stainless steel pans. Before I found out about that stuff I hated cleaning anything in stainless. Never thought about using it on the exhaust tips but I'll def try that.
 

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I use that stuff on my stainless steel pans. Before I found out about that stuff I hated cleaning anything in stainless. Never thought about using it on the exhaust tips but I'll def try that.
Great tip! I was also thinking about the Borla exhaust cleaner that people rave about, but I already have Barkeepers friend at home for stainless pans. I have both the power and liquid. Any preference?
 

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I've only used the powder which has worked really well. I bought it at Williams Sonoma and the woman there said the liquid doesn't work as well so I never tried it.
 

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My experience has only been with the liquid version. A little bit goes a long way.
 

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The older the inscription XC90s get, the more I am glad to have a momentum with all chrome deleted. Most Inscription exhaust tips are really beat up looking
 

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Soap & water, followed up with mothers chrome polish and opti-coat it!


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I used paint thinner and a white 3M abrasive pad. No scratching. Takes a little while if I haven't cleaned them in awhile, but works well.
 
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