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      06-04-2014, 11:22 AM   #1
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Tips on cleaning black chrome tail pipes?

I have a 135i with the black tail pipes. They're kind of corroded looking, or a little gunky. Any tips on how to clean them and make 'em all shiny again?
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      06-05-2014, 02:25 PM   #2
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Try Meguiars's Ultimate compound followed by Ultimate past wax.
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      06-05-2014, 03:37 PM   #3
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I, seriously, just use some Eagle One wadding polish that I've had around for probably 5 yrs. now. You need so little of it to do so much, that I still have 3/4 of it left. I've used it on the wheels and exhaust (including my 135i with black tips I just bought a month and a half ago) of 3 cars. Stuff works great and I love the fact that I throw the wad in the trash when I am done. No towels to wash or waste throwing away when I am done. Then again, nothing I've owned was "corroded" when I started. You may need stronger, better stuff. I will say mine looked a bit worse for wear when I bought the car due to build up, but the Eagle One and some elbow grease got them shiny again.
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      06-05-2014, 03:48 PM   #4
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Slide em off and toss them in the dishwasher? Kinda half kidding. It might actually work. Have never tried it though.
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      06-05-2014, 06:11 PM   #5
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I'd personally use blue magic polish but there are plenty of valid ways to get grime off of finished metals.
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Menzerna Polishing Cream and some microfibre towels. It works immensely good and actually the tips will go from black to slightly dark chrome.
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I use my alloy wheel cleaner (P21S gel) on my exhaust tips. I let it change color and then I use a high pressure wand to blow off the gunk.
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I use my alloy wheel cleaner (P21S gel) on my exhaust tips. I let it change color and then I use a high pressure wand to blow off the gunk.
I've been told the black tips on the 135i I have will be damaged by using a metal polish. I've been told to only use soap and water with a cloth. Can you tell me what they're actually made of so I don't damage them. I live in the US so I'm not sure same products are available here. I just don't want to ruin the service but shine them up.
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I've been told the black tips on the 135i I have will be damaged by using a metal polish. I've been told to only use soap and water with a cloth. Can you tell me what they're actually made of so I don't damage them. I live in the US so I'm not sure same products are available here. I just don't want to ruin the service but shine them up.
Perhaps Phil from DetailersDomain can chime in.

Like I said I use P21S wheel cleaner on my exhaust tips and then after I rinse the gel off, I use a sponge and some soapy water.

https://www.detailersdomain.com/prod...formula-500-ml

My wheel cleaner looks almost like the one in the link above... but my wheel cleaner is a reddish color and smells like cherries. Not sure IF its the same product or not.

THIS is what I use...

P21S Felgen-Reiniger POWER GEL
http://www.amazon.de/P21S-Felgen-Rei...ds=p21s+felgen


I have also heard people used some stainless steel wool (#000 or #0000). I use the #0000 wool on my performance exhaust tips to keep them clean. Afterwards I use some paint sealer to keep them looking good.

IF you black tips are looking really bad maybe a product like this is in order...
https://www.detailersdomain.com/prod...formula-500-ml


Again... I hope Phil will chime in with his vast car detailing knowledge.

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I have a 135i with the black tail pipes. They're kind of corroded looking, or a little gunky. Any tips on how to clean them and make 'em all shiny again?
do you have any photos of the tips?
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      08-25-2015, 09:34 AM   #11
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The last time I spoke with Dan DetailersDomain , he told me to use soap & water and a lot of elbow grease as using polish may remove the finish.
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      08-25-2015, 11:39 AM   #12
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yes that will work as well but do you have any photos of the tips if it's still bothers you I may suggest some metal polishes.
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