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How to go about polishing the header pipe?

I hate the brown & blue mess the header pipe has become on the bike. So I have decided to do something about it.

What's the best way to Polish it? I can pull it off the bike but don't have a bench grinder/polisher. I hate to pay to have it done (Cha-Ching!) and will buy the right tools for the job as needed. It looks as though I will need to use a very light grade sandpaper (320-600) to start with? and then polishing compound? I can get it soda blasted.

What's the best way to do this as last thing I want to do is make things worse.

OR I can get to Ceramic Coated for around $100.00 if I do the prep-work.

Or was that look THEN leap?
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A guy from Ireland on the forum cleaned his up nice and shiny with some fine steel wool and Autosol. Theres a post or thread on it here some where. I just can't remember his user name.

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Found it the photos are gone but look at post #7..http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...d.php?p=182917

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They're exhaust pipes, they're supposed to get dirty and discolor. This is not a Harley. It's made for riding, not looking at.

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A guy from Ireland on the forum cleaned his up nice and shiny with some fine steel wool and Autosol. Theres a post or thread on it here some where. I just can't remember his user name.
Davy F as I recall - and he did a spectacular job polishing his pipes.

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A guy from Ireland on the forum cleaned his up nice and shiny with some fine steel wool and Autosol. Theres a post or thread on it here some where. I just can't remember his user name.
Yes - DavyF. Check his threads.

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Old thread but I'm looking for some answers...

What is the material for the headers on the Versys?
Edit...the headers are SS and here is a method that works well...Also some some others using this with good results.

500 grit wet sandpaper followed by Mothers Mag & Aluminum polish

Back in my Honda 919 days we could clean the headers in minutes using the above method...one could even swap out a heavy paper grocery bag for the 500 grit...bag = 600 grit (pro tip...). One could also use a rag about 3" wide by 12"-18" long and buff the headers using a "sawing" motion...

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I use green hard side of dish sponge and water. It is available that layer only too. Little tip: rub the thingy in the same direction
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Sheeeesh!

I remember doing this when I was a lot younger. I got over it.

Its a motorcycle. It gets dirty. The header pipes are SS. They discolour with heat.

If you start cleaning header pipes you will be doing it for ever - they always discolour. I would much rather spend time riding my bike, rather than polishing header pipes. Life's too short as it is.

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I remember doing this when I was a lot younger. I got over it.

Its a motorcycle. It gets dirty. The header pipes are SS. They discolour with heat.

If you start cleaning header pipes you will be doing it for ever - they always discolour. I would much rather spend time riding my bike, rather than polishing header pipes. Life's too short as it is.

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I'm no clean-bike-polish freak but I do like the looks of the headers. Maybe twice a year I clean the bike and polish the headers I use Autosol and #000 steel wool. I also stripped off the useless plastic and hardware to better show the graceful curves. The pipes gradually get darker through the heat cycles but mine were never really the almost black look some get.
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Agree..I do stuff like this occasionally and when it's dark and wet outside (Oregon winters...)
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Now that's funny because it's taken me many years to get comfortable with the colour. I might paint it someday and would probably go with Kawi green.
Or maybe I'll just keep riding it the way it is.
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Mine where all rusty and had a dent and scratch at the bottom. I welded the scratch with the dent. Then sanded everything smooth and painted them with some motip heat resistant paint. This was 1 week ago, I have riden since 600 km on them and still look nice so... As a plus, the pipes color is almost, if not identical to the frame color of the bike.
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Mine where all rusty and had a dent and scratch at the bottom. I welded the scratch with the dent. Then sanded everything smooth and painted them with some motip heat resistant paint. This was 1 week ago, I have riden since 600 km on them and still look nice so... As a plus, the pipes color is almost, if not identical to the frame color of the bike.
Looks good. I like the semi-gloss finish, better than matte which really shows dirt, and not glossy black which, I think, would look out of place compared to the frame finish.
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