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    Remove rust from stainless steel?

    Alright, I decided that I am going to be fixing the very few cosmetic blemishes on my Camaro, starting with the exhaust. You can hardly see the imperfections unless you look good, but it bugs me.

    Anyway, I have this exhaust for my car.


    The dual pipes/tips that exit out the rear of the car are slightly rusted in some spots (was there when I bought it) What is the easiest way to get the rust off without effecting the stainless steel too much? BTW, it is listed as 304 stainless steel if that matters at all.

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    I spent a summer cleaning up SS restaurant equipment that came out of burned out restaurants, I'd try VERY find steel wool and some light oil. start with the finest grit you can get your hands on and see how well that works. you may need to go up to a more coarse to get the rust off, then polish it with the finer stuff.

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    T-304 SS is better grade than cheaper exhausts which are T-409 aluminumized steel. But you're still going to get some surface rust...simply due to the heat, and exposure to junk from the road surface...pitting from being "sandblasted" from road surface material, etc.

    But it's just something you'll learn to live with. Regarding trying to clean with oil...dunno if I'd try that...the heat may smolder the oil on the surface and leave a tarnished spot.

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    Originally posted by hoss
    I spent a summer cleaning up SS restaurant equipment that came out of burned out restaurants, I'd try VERY find steel wool and some light oil. start with the finest grit you can get your hands on and see how well that works. you may need to go up to a more coarse to get the rust off, then polish it with the finer stuff.
    That's the best way I've found so far. People used to come into the bike shop with melted boots and stuff on the exhaust.

    Four ought steel wool (0000), something like WD-40, and a whole lot of muscle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loop2kil View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by loop2kil View Post
    The spammer's post was deleted, so now i look like the spammer
    ahh ! LOL that did look funny

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    Yeah some spammer brought in via Google....I whacked 'em this morning!
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