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Old 08-28-2008, 02:42 PM   #1
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Every one has different methods of cleaning their polished pipes after a full day of racing.
I have tried the oven cleaner, anti freeze in the crock pot, buffing wheel, Mothers polish, and they all seem to work with some effort.
After this past weekend, one of my new pipes was really dirty, and black.
I knew there had to be a better way of cleaning the pipes without damaging the aluminum.
Of all things, I broke out an SOS pad, got it wet,scrubbed the pipe, and the fuel deposits came off very easily. Afterwards, I used the Mothers polish, and the pipe and header actually look like brand new again. I was afraid the SOS pad would scratch the aluminum, but it left no scratches, and from the time I started cleaning the pipe, and polished it, it was only about 10 min.
Dont think I will be needing the old crock pot or oven cleaner any more.
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That's what I've always done in the past. I've been playing around with some other methods recently but that's still my favorite.
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I tried it man it works really good.Thnx
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Is this some brand of pot scrubber?
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SOS pad is fine for the outside of the pipe but the the anti-freeze in the crock pot cleans out the inside as well. It loosens up all the grit and grime that has cooked onto the pipe and header and there's is no scrubbing involved. This was a tip given to me by a fully sponsored driver.
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SOS pad is fine for the outside of the pipe but the the anti-freeze in the crock pot cleans out the inside as well. It loosens up all the grit and grime that has cooked onto the pipe and header and there's is no scrubbing involved. This was a tip given to me by a fully sponsored driver.
By using a crockpot with coolant, how long does it usually take before the gunk softens up and how does the aluminum look like after, does it become dark, dull or it stays shinny?
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Hmmmm Wonder if my wife would notice her crock pot missing??
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I had been using the S.O.S. pads for about 2 years and just started using the Crock-Pot last month. The Crock-Pot is a lot easier to do. After a race, I take the pipe apart and drop it in the pot. The next day after work, I take it out and rinse it off. Takes about a minute. I don't have to polish it, no scrubbing and with the Crock-Pot, it comes cleaner. But both will work, to each his own.
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Does it have to be a crockpot? Do you actually turn it on or just let it soak?
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Does it have to be a crockpot? Do you actually turn it on or just let it soak?
I use the crockpot method as well just started recently, got one from target for $9.00 its perfect for 1/10th scale pipes not big enough for 1/8th and I just drop the pipe in there on high with anti-freeze for about 5 or 6 hours and its comes out perfect everytime
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I use the crockpot method as well just started recently, got one from target for $9.00 its perfect for 1/10th scale pipes not big enough for 1/8th and I just drop the pipe in there on high with anti-freeze for about 5 or 6 hours and its comes out perfect everytime
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By using a crockpot with coolant, how long does it usually take before the gunk softens up and how does the aluminum look like after, does it become dark, dull or it stays shinny?
I have 10+ racing pipes for my two 1/10 scale cars and all my pipes look like new eventhough most are over a yr old. From my experience it has no effect on the aluminum other than cleaning it spotless. I set my crock pot to low and leave the pipes in overnight or at least 12 hrs then remove them and rinse/wipe them off. Afterwards my wife does a pot roast. Just kidding on that last statement. But kidding aside after the crock pot cools of I put the lid on and store it under my work bench for the next time. Haven't changed the anti-freeze out in over 8 months so it's about due for a new batch.

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seriously...one of these???

http://www.target.com/Continental-El...rockpot&page=2

or this...

http://www.target.com/Rival-SCR151-W...rockpot&page=3
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I got mine from walmart for 14 bucks. Get at least a 2 qt. and try to find an oval shaped one or .21 pipes won't quite fit. Might want to take a pipe with you to test out at the store.
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I got mine from walmart for 14 bucks. Get at least a 2 qt. and try to find an oval shaped one or .21 pipes won't quite fit. Might want to take a pipe with you to test out at the store.
How funny is it going to look with me at wal-mart going to buy a crockpot and when the store clerk comes by to ask if I need help...I ask them.."sure, can you tell me if this pot can cook this pipe?"
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