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Old 11-11-2007, 09:50 PM
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What's the best stuff to clean the exhaust manifolds and pipes?
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Spray on oven cleaner and some elbow grease. I didn't have an over to throw it in but I let it soak a couple times and scrubbed it with a wire brush. I think if you have an old oven to put it in, it would probably look good as new. After using the oven cleaner, I used some automotive aluminum polish to shine it up a little and it looked pretty good.
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DRANO, just don't leave it in there for too long.


I once forgot a pipe in that was soaked in Drano for 4 weeks, not much left
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simming in good quality radiator coolant overnight it will take everything off.
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Originally Posted by neltime64 View Post
What's the best stuff to clean the exhaust manifolds and pipes?
Try anti-freeze. It works great. Just soak the pipe and rinse if off. Keep your pets away from this because it is poison if they drink it.
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SOS pads and some hot water works too
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Originally Posted by Winner's Circle View Post
Try anti-freeze. It works great. Just soak the pipe and rinse if off. Keep your pets away from this because it is poison if they drink it.
Do you use new anti-freeze everytime?
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haven't tryed anti freeze...have to give it a shot....
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Be aware though that Drano and Oven cleaner will remove any anodizing on the pipe if it has it.
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The best way I've found is that after each run if possible use some fuel to clean the pipe preventing varnish and tire buildup. That being said I use CARB and CHOKE cleaner sold in the 1 galon tin, it stinks so just throw the pipes in and leave it,prefferebly outside a couple days.
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Use new anti-freeze every time or it will stain the pipe. I made that mistake once.
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I have also heard simple green for a day or so in a crock pot works too.
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We have the secret up here in Norcal. It's called Carbon-Off. It is sold in Smart and Final stores. You spray it on and leave it sit about 30 minutes. Wash it off and it looks brand new again.
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Thanks for all the suggestions.

I ended up trying the Carbon-Off from Smart and Final and this stuff really works. I spayed it on and let it sit for 15 min and rinsed with water and it pulled the carbon build up right off.

For the stubborn areas, it says use a scotch pad.

http://www.discoveryproducts.com/index_carbon_off.html
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Wonder what the same product in Oz would be
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