How to Clean Chrome Exhaust Pipes

Dual chrome exhaust on a motorcycle
  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
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What You'll Need
Soap and water
Fine steel wool
Chrome polish

Knowing how to clean chrome exhaust pipes can keep them sparkling and improve the look of your car. It’s not difficult and it doesn’t take long.

Step 1 - Wash

The first part of cleaning chrome is removing he dirt. Wash the exhaust pipes with soap and water to remove the grime. Rub hard but be careful not to scratch the chrome as you wash it.

Step 2 - Vinegar

Dry the chrome with a towel and then wash them again. This time, use vinegar as this will remove the more ingrained dirt that the soap hasn’t been able to touch. Again, press hard with a soft cloth but don’t scratch the chrome, and then towel it all dry.

Step 3 - Rust

Chances are, there will be fine pieces of rust on the chrome exhaust pipes. You need to remove these so the rust doesn’t grow and so you can give a proper shine to the chrome. For this, take the finest steel wool you can buy, dip it in vinegar and scrub very lightly. When you’ve finished, towel the chrome dry.

Step 4 - Polish

To complete, use chrome polish and then buff it off with a clean cloth.