It is riding season again and I was doing some routine maintenance on my bike when I noticed that my exhaust pipes had become nasty looking.
Moving from the South to the Northwest had taken a toll on my scooter. My pipes had started to rust on the bottom, and the finish had started to crack while surface rust was starting to spread.
Considering that a new set of pipes is about $400-$1200 depending on your style - there was only one option for me.
Here are my steps to making everything look right again.
Please read this whole thing first because the last step is tricky. If you aren't up to it...find an alternative.
Step 1: Things you are going to need
Here are some tools and materials you will need:
Brake parts cleaner - available at all auto stores
Carb and Choke cleaner - available at all auto stores
High heat exhaust paint (color) - available at all auto stores as engine block paint. You could also use any high heat paint - the Helix brand pictures I bought on amazon.com and it is especially made for exhaust pipes. I would recommend the brand as it dries fairly fast and is good up to 2000 deg F of momentary operation (if you are running that hot, your bike might melt).
High heat exhaust paint clear coat - optional, but it can help with scratching
Automotive wet/dry sandpaper in a variety of grain sizes. I used 400 and 600
Cable grinder cup - for the initial finish remover
Wire grinder cup - to smooth out the pipes
Old cardboard box - something to spray on top of