Sunday, February 21, 2010

Polished stainless steel exhaust

pent several hours this week polishing the exhaust system. Buffing wheels, wire wheels, synthetic sanding/scouring pads, steel wool, polishing creams, rubbing compounds....tried a bunch of different things. The entire system from front to back now has a mirror-like chrome look...the way polished stainless steel is supposed to look. It's not perfect, but it's a million times better than before. The rear pipe, although it had a mirror-finish last year, was in pretty sad condition after the winter riding I put it through in November and December. The amount of road salt the use here is enough to ruin the finish on anything.

Anyway, after  many hours of elbow grease, here's how it looks:

I even went to a local fasteners store and picked up some shiny new hex bolts for the exhaust system. The GSXR muffler needed a good cleaning, but it was relatively quick compared to the front & rear pipes.