A Guide to Cleaning Exhaust Tips

A Guide to Cleaning Exhaust Tips

Even though the exhaust pipe of a car is exposed to a large amount of debris and contaminants, it is often overlooked when detailing a car. Here at The Best Detail, we take care of every single detail of your car regardless how big or small. We always employ the proper cleaning techniques and solutions, and we never cut corners that less experienced detailers may be tempted to cut.

Our team knows that clearing your exhaust pipe, cleaning it, and polishing it will not only make your car look better but it will also increase its lifespan. In the end of the day it’s obvious that an exhaust pipe which is treated properly will outlast one which is not. And investing in a proactive detailing and protectant will go a long way to maintaining your car’s beauty and value.

What Corrodes Exhaust Pipes?

One of the most corrosive substances to exhaust pipes is carbon, which builds up in layers and eats away at the mild steel or chrome that may be exposed. Most of the time exhaust pipes come with a chrome plated feature, but it doesn’t take long before chrome plating begins to crack and corrode. Eventually most of the material underneath will be exposed, and that’s when the clock starts ticking.

What Cleaning Solutions are Used on Exhaust Pipes?

Most of the time, you won’t deal with cleaning an entire exhaust pipe yourself. That is a very difficult process for a DIY project. However, you may decide that you want to clean your own exhaust tips, which is much more attainable as a DIY project. When cleaning your exhaust tips, you can expect to make use of degreasers from auto shops, or special solutions that are designed for the material that you’re working with. Always read the label on the solution you’re looking to buy or use before applying it to your desired surface.

If you’re using a product that you’re not 100% sure is compatible with your car’s needs, it’s a good idea to reach out to a car detailing professional in the Las Vegas area. Whatever your question may be, we can help. Just give us a call at 702-494-8097!

And if you would rather determine if the solution you want to use is safe, we recommend at the very least applying it to a small portion of your exhaust tip’s surface. This will give you an idea of how the metal reacts with your solution before going ahead and applying it to the entire surface.

At The Best Detail we make use of a chart that we’ve put together over the years which clearly outlines which solution and cleaning technique is most recommended, and effective, based on our experience and industry knowledge.

How Do I Clean My Exhaust Tips?

When cleaning exhaust tips you will make use of several products, including microfiber towels, cleaning brushes, and steel wool. Cleaning an exhaust tip is a lot like cleaning an oven, although it is also a lot more difficult.

To clean your exhaust tips you will need to apply the recommended about of degreaser or cleaning solution to your brush, and then you will rub it in circular motions until all debris is removed to the point that the tip cannot get any cleaner. A microfiber towel will come in handy if you need to wipe excess gunk from your exhaust tips after deep-cleaning them. Just make sure to throw them away and not use them again, especially for polishing!

After you’re all done with cleaning your exhaust tips, the next step of the process is applying a polishing solution using a microfiber cloth. Make sure to read all the labels on polishing solutions as well, to ensure that the one you’re using is compatible with the material you’re applying it to. As mentioned prior, you can always give us a call to get your questions answered or to request a free quote via 702-494-8097.

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