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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-28-2012, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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How to get melted plastic off of tail pipes

I sat my helmet (with headset) on my seat while resting at an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway this week. I didn't realize that the headset cable was hanging down over the seat and was on my tail pipe. I left about a quarter size of melted black plastic stuck to my pipe.

When I got home I tried to clean it off with bug and tar remover, wax and ice. No luck. Someone suggested that I use a ball of aluminum foil. I did and it worked great! It took some elbow grease but it came off and didn't leave a scratch.

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I always use a razor blade to get the boot marks off off my pipes. Just angle it so it glides along the surface and it doesn't scratch either. I got the idea from how we removed military base stickers off of vehicle windshields.

Thanks for the share on the aluminum foil, I haven't ever heard that one.



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I used Easy Off oven cleaner to get a melted walmart bag off my exhaust. Damn wind ALWAYS blows in Oklahoma!
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I used Easy Off oven cleaner to get a melted walmart bag off my exhaust. Damn wind ALWAYS blows in Oklahoma!
Heard that from my local HD dealer service folks as well; oven cleaner with the pipes heated up to get melted kaka off.

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I use a product called "Road Rub", works really well for me.

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I have always had good luck using a popsicle stick when the pipe is hot to rub the majority of it off, then a chrome polish to finish after it cools

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I use a product called "Road Rub", works really well for me.
Thanks to Rob's recommendation at SWII, we bought a stick of Road Rub at Weibler's HD and lemme tell ya....THAT STUFF WORKS!!!

I had some 'unknown' substance on my exhaust that I could not get off. I tried everything. The Road Rub took it right off.


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Heard that from my local HD dealer service folks as well; oven cleaner with the pipes heated up to get melted kaka off.
Oven cleaner works great, just don't get it on your paint.


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+1 on the oven cleaner
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I found a better way yet! I took the bike to the dealer to replace the six speed output bearing. The mechanic spotted the black marks on the exhaust from my heel rubbing on the exhaust from time to time. When I picked up the bike the pipe was cleaned up flawlessly! It looked so good after all of this time I bought a Heel Guard (http://heelguard.com/) and put it on to keep the pipe clean. The Heel Guard is less expensive than burning the heels on my boots and shoes!

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