Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

Keeping stainless beautiful?

Recommended Posts

Hey,

I put on a full Muzzy system back in June. I love it, but after going from silver to blue/purple at the head area to a gold color everywhere else, I've noticed small rust "dots" on it, just where the headpipe bends by the water pump and also by the shock area. What can I use to reverse this, and keep it from happening? I like the colors, 😢 but don't want the pipe to rust away. I was thinking along the lines of never dull, or brasso, but dont want to eat the metal. Brasso seems especially harsh.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have not seen it done on exhaust pipes, but in the water industry SS pipes need to be routinely passivated. This is achieved mostly by acid (nitric I believe), some use chelating agents but that is nasty crap.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Use the never dulll or another type of wadding polish. It's just light surface rust that you'll lightly polish off. 😢

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In another forum, I read some folks saying that non-abrasive cleanser such as 'Bar Tenders Friend' or 'Bon Ami' are perfect for this as they won't dull the SS. I've not tried either.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My Big Gun stainless pipe came with instructions to use Mothers Mag and Aluminum polish.

05100-05101.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

it looks best covered in mud. stop polishing and try riding, it's much more fun, and you look better riding the bike then you do hunched over beside it with a towel 😢

just a friendly flame, don't take it personal 😢

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've had SS on a lot of street machines they all come out weird looking for a bike that's used in the dirt I'd leave it a bit muddy looking and not worry about it. It's a dirtbike not a showdog. prairiedawg 😢

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the replies, I think I'll try the never dull or the Mothers. yeah, its a dirt bike and gets ridden hard, but it gets washed after every ride and goes in the garage "sparkly clean". I was more concerned about preventing the rust on the pipe than preserving the looks (color) of it. 😢

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I asked this same question a while ago. Burned said to use WD-40 and brillo type sponge on it. I did this and it cleaned up very well. I had a couple of really tough spots to get off (one where my glove fell on it while hot, leaving a nasty burn mark) and I used an extremely fine steel wool with the WD-40. It really came out nice, all of the spots are gone and it did not lose much color.

I wiped it down really well as it was pointed out that the steel wool residual will cause rusting if left behind. Re-installed it, wiped it with a little rubbing alcohol / rag afterwards and it looks hot. Its been about two months now and the finish still looks like new.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is achieved mostly by acid (nitric I believe), some use chelating agents but that is nasty crap.

I used to work in stainless steel melt shop and I remember my collagues from cold rolling mill were talking about mix with nitric and phosphorous acid. They called that process "pickling", "peittaus" in Finnish.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Reply with:

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...