What would you do about the rust on these mufflers?


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What would you do about the rust on these mufflers?

Postby Tugboat » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:27 pm



Got a great deal on these to replace the open pipes I currently have. I'd like to clean up some of this rust before I mount them though. None of the rusted bits will really show once mounted, so cleaning them up is really just for my piece of mind.

So how would you do it? If the mufflers separated from the headers I'd just use the wire wheel mounted on my bench grinder. But as it stands they're just too heavy to do that for any length of time. Other options I can think of include a wire brush on a Dremel, maybe some of that rust converter stuff painted on there.. sandpaper, followed by VHT header paint? Regardless, I don't want to spend an inordinate amount of time on something you'll never see.. So, any suggestions?







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Re: What would you do about the rust on these mufflers?

Postby Wingsconsin » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:04 am

I would wire wheel them and get ehm cleaned of rust..then a good coat of paint to stop the rust from reforming...And hope that was good enough...
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Re: What would you do about the rust on these mufflers?

Postby trashtruck » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:24 pm

there are wire wheels you can use with a drill, instead of the bench grinder. much easier to handle. also a big fan of navy jelly, found in most parts stores or walmart, then paint them up and ride.
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Re: What would you do about the rust on these mufflers?

Postby seabee_ » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:43 pm

Try an SOS pad and water with some elbow grease. It works good with light to moderate rust. If you paint them rough them up with a brown scouring pad found at parts store or some sandpaper, then use a high temp paint.
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Re: What would you do about the rust on these mufflers?

Postby cbx4evr » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:05 am

"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: What would you do about the rust on these mufflers?

Postby Possum51 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:56 pm

With surface rust I've used an old school trick of "00" steelwool and WD40. It worked great and no scratches.
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Re: What would you do about the rust on these mufflers?

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:54 pm

Take them to the scrap pile-and get your money back! Regards, Johnyy

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Re: What would you do about the rust on these mufflers?

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:47 pm

It all depends on your budget, How much do you like your bike? If you have plenty of cash on hand buy a brand new exhaust system...Perhaps you can take the Oem exhaust system to a custom shop so they can modify them to fit perfectly, but using a new exhaust or different one off another bike.. ..Have them repipe everything. :shock: :shock: ...Or ....if your budget is tight like most of us, you could sell them as is and get a better set off ebay. :shock: .If that's not an option Clean them up or wrap them with that exhaust wrap stuff..don't know what you call it, but that might work for you..... :shock: that might just be surface rust and it will come off with rust remover solution and a few soft rags who knows....,,,,Good luck on whatever you decide..Please keep us posted I'm curious now..Great photo's man, that's how we roll on this site....Doesn't it make everything easier to understand when there's a Photo involved... :D

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Re: What would you do about the rust on these mufflers?

Postby RoadRogue » Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:03 pm

I have heard about people using Coca Cola and tin foil to remove light rust like that. just wad up some tin foil and dip it in the Coke, scrub the pipes with it and the rust "goes away". I havnt tried this yet butI figure it cant hurt to try. Others have reported good results with this method. 8-)


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