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Cleaning exhaust pipes question

I'm noticing how brown and spotty my exhaust pipes are yet my bike is relatively new. I'm inexperienced with a stainless exhaust. My old Honda 400 Four had a beautiful chrome 4 into one collector that stayed pristine, other than blue-ing.

I know that there are lots of YouTube videos on how to clean and restore stainless but a lot of the products (Harpic for example) are not available to me.

So before I try CLR, toilet bowl cleaner, compound polish, baking soda and lemon juice, steel wool etc, I'm curious if anyone has a simple solution/technique.

I'm also curious to know if the pipes just going to discolor again over the next 500 miles and maybe I should just learn to accept it...

It's raining here this weekend so other than SuperBowl, this is the project. Thanks in advance for helping.
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PERSONALLY, I just clean off the BIGGEST bits of mud from my pipes, every now-and-then....



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Did a quick search here and found this one. Looks like a couple easy tips.
https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forum...ing-pipes.html

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If your chrome you pipes they will turn blue after sometime...no matter how much you polish them , it will turn brown..

Unless you put on a SUS cover for the pipes...I just keep them clean brown..
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Blue Magic will work, but I agree with Fastoman, it will come right back. I'm the same way, I like my bikes nice and clean. I did it on two different bikes and it came right back within a few months. It was a lot of wasted labor polishing them nice & shiny, so I don't plan on doing it to the VX300. I've only had the bike a short time, so I'll learn to like the copper/brown color.
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Mine is the first gen V650, but I really like the exhaust pipes. I stripped off the useless plastic lower fairing and the fittings to better show the pipes. Fender extender helps keep them clean. I'm not a fanatic about cleaning, I usually wash the bike and do the pipes twice a year at most.

Here's how I do it: #000 steel wool and Solvol Autosol, buff with a clean cloth. I do mine maybe twice a year and they very slowly change colour. Best if they're done before they get really dark and pitted.
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Thanks smiley - I used CLR & 000 steel wool, then finished up with rubbing compound and a clean cloth. It restored the finish pretty good.

And yes Zebra, like you I'll probably learn to live with the discoloration as a badge of honor. In the mean time though, I feel some satisfaction knowing that it can be returned to 'nearly new' condition.

What is it about polishing the bike?
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Mine is the first gen V650, but I really like the exhaust pipes....
And it looks PDG, Smiley!

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...What is it about polishing the bike?
FWIW - since discovering that "Lemon Pledge" furniture polish works FANTASTICALLY on face-shields and wind-screens - I NOW use it for polishing the WHOLE bike (OCCASIONALLY......). An extra - it 'renews' the look of the black plastic bits around the instruments - and the No Name stuff works JUST as well!




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I use Lemon Pledge on my visor- it sheds water nicely and the bugs clean off a little easier too. However, around here at summer's end, we get many Yellow Jacket wasps, and they love the smell of lemon.

One time I applied it to the visor and then rode with a friend. We stopped at Port Bruce for a snack and drink. I left my helmet on the bike and never thought to check the interior before I put the helmet back on. I think that you can guess the results...

It's difficult to ride with one eye swollen shut and the other eye barely open.

I only apply the spray the night before an autumn ride now.

Another friend had a spider decide to take up residence in his helmet. After the nasty bugger decided to see what human flesh tasted like, the whole side of his face swelled up so badly he could hardly remove his helmet when he got home. The swelling lasted a long time and he said the itching was severe. He always does a helmet check now.

Not meant to highjack this thread- polished pipes do look better than a swollen face!
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Yes smiley, agreed. And yes, those pipes of yours look PDG.
I think the metal used for my exhaust is probably poor quality 'stainless'. It is more like stainless pig iron.

Here's a close-up after all my cleaning and polishing, and after a half-hour ride today.
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The butt-bucket area of my authentic kawasaki tall seat has some of the vinyl folding up, width-wise, as if too much vinyl was used. Anyone else notice this?
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