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Old 08-07-2007, 08:44 AM   #1
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I was just wondering if anyone uses something special that will put the shine back in a tuned pipe and get rid of all the caked on dirt, etc. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 08-07-2007, 09:35 AM   #2
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Once in a blue moon I use a benchtop wire wheel followed by a buffing wheel or a fresh coat of high temp black paint.
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Old 08-07-2007, 09:54 AM   #3
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other tahn a green scothbright and some elbow greese. you can try some catsup. the acids in the tomato juice may brake down the burn on greese. and no im not kidding. my drummer used to use Huntz Katsup on his cymbals every once in a while to clean them up. katsup, let set for a while. rinse in hot water, and followed up with a cymbal cleaner/polsiher. to keep the shine around
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Old 08-07-2007, 10:17 AM   #4
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The best way I have found is this: Get an old "crok pot", fill it with enough anti-freeze to compleatly submerge your pipe in it & let it cook (on high) for 4 to 6 hours. When you take the pipe out all the crud that has not fallen off will wipe right off. Then I take a felt pad on the dremal & polish it up with a little "brasso" or other polishing compound. Like new, except the dents.

P.S. do this in a well ventalated area.
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I had a buddy boil his in anti-freeze last week. He said it worked good except for dulling the pipe. He'll just have to polish it back up, but all the gunk was gone.
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:27 AM   #6
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Ya, it will be dull aluminium when you pull it out of the pot but it will polish up real easy.
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Is it ok to use antifreeze on a hard coated pipe?
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I never did a coated one.
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Old 08-07-2007, 01:03 PM   #9
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A can of Berryman Chemdip (available at most auto parts stores) will cut all the gunk on pipes, both hardcoated and polished, as well as the same crap on your engine parts. You will have to break down the engine so you don't dip the carb or bearings, but an overnight soak in the can will make the pipe/engine parts come out clean and shiny bright. It will attack all the carbon on your stuff, but will not hurt the color on the head or the polish on your pipe. You may have to take an old toothbrush to the heavy spots after the dip, but it will come right off and you can do it while rinsing the parts in warm running water to get all the cleaner off.
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I totally forgot about that Berrymans Chemdip. Good tip.
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I am from Edmonton, Alberta and haven't had any luck in locating Berryman Chem Dip. Do they have it in Canada? If so, where?
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I may be a different brand name up there, or it may be illegal to sell it.

In any case, it's a gallon paint can full of cleaning liquid and a steel basket used to clean automobile carburetor parts by soaking. It's primary use is to remove carbon buildup in the smallish passages of carb bodies prior to rebuilding but it does wonders with baked on nitro mung.
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