These ****** exhaust tips...

deanshaw24

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Mine are filthy and I love it!! :smilingimp::tearsofjoy:
 

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davc

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I use Gtechniq M1 polish followed up with Blackfire All Metal Sealant every couple of weeks.

If the tips are bad I'll take them off and give them a wipe down with Tar-X to remove the tar spots then a good soak in hot shampoo before polishing.

In the past I've found autoglym wheel cleaner and even those magic eraser pads shift the soot with ease; however the All Metal Sealant provides such a good barrier that a quick wipe down is all that's required to shift the crud.
 

ChivsBang

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Mine are filthy and I love it!! :smilingimp::tearsofjoy:

I suppose that's the best way to go.. half dirty looks ****.. that looks proper decent


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jassyo06

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I use Gtechniq M1 polish followed up with Blackfire All Metal Sealant every couple of weeks.

If the tips are bad I'll take them off and give them a wipe down with Tar-X to remove the tar spots then a good soak in hot shampoo before polishing.

In the past I've found autoglym wheel cleaner and even those magic eraser pads shift the soot with ease; however the All Metal Sealant provides such a good barrier that a quick wipe down is all that's required to shift the crud.

Gtechniq polish is great stuff like yourself l use it on the exhaust tips at every opportunity, my tips still great even after 2 years
 

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I've contacted a powder coating specialist that I used before to great effect on my electric franken-cycle and my old Preston-Four to see how much he wants to ceramic coat them. It'd be like this, but glossy;
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TR Hamza

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I found this vid useful when cleaning mine... hope it helps


Glad you found the video useful mate! Many people in the comments said I should have wet the exhaust tips first, I tried that method first on the right two pipes which were done before the video and the dirt was so thick it made barely any difference lol
 

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ThatBlueS3

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Performed the "exhaust flap mod" today. Hoping that it spreads the exhaust soot more evenly and makes them easier to clean. Will report back and let you know if it did anything.
 

mikemod

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When I did mine it definitely reduce the sooting up and now they are always the same.

Just thinking today if the brand of petrol people use makes a difference in the soot produced.
I use BP Ultimate as that is really all that is available in NI, takes quite a while for them to get bad enough to clean.
 

ThatBlueS3

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When I did mine it definitely reduce the sooting up and now they are always the same.

Just thinking today if the brand of petrol people use makes a difference in the soot produced.
I use BP Ultimate as that is really all that is available in NI, takes quite a while for them to get bad enough to clean.

Did you go the VCDS or unplug the connectors route?
 

mikemod

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VCDS, just guessed the bit would be in the same place as the PFL as the coding is still not done for the FL.
 

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Well my car was detailed last week and the tips sealed.

We removed my Dad's Allroad tips like it said on here to tap them off. Just went to do mine and realised there wasn't a single piece of tar on them after 300 miles which is impressing.
 

CHEZ

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I keep an old towel in the boot, mainly for the dog, but regularly give it a little spit and rub the carbon from my tips.
Makes a lot of difference, my car could be minging, but my exhaust shines like a diamond in a goats *** to coin a Mr Rawlings frase.....
 

pburv

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These exhaust tips are a Royal pain. They look ridiculously bling and over the top when clean, so I've never been a fan anyway, but they seem to be dirty in less than 100 miles and require fastidious attention to keep them as clean as the rest of the car. After only 5000 miles they're scabby as hell, and even despite regular cleaning there's now nothing short of a machine polish that will remove the black carbon deposits from them.

So, I've treated them to an engineers purcussive maintenance (with a big hammer), and taken them off. The car looks a little more, "honest", without the overly macho tinsel of high performance dangling under the bumper like a set of chromed testicles, so they're staying off...
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Just seen this thread Grant....
Not sure who @batch I think? But you might want to consider getting them wrapped in carbon fibre??
Apologies if this has been mention further up tbh I aint got time to read them all...ha ha
Mind you looks ok with them off..:salute:
 

Rich76

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Cheap oven cleaner from Poundland and an old towel brings them up sparkling
 

Audi Bairn

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Gotta be fair mate, they just look like you've never cleaned them with the chrome off lol. Autosol cleans mine up perfectly and takes less than a minute.


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Mine get a clean once a month with autosol and this manages to keep them clean. Just go over them each time you give it a wash every week

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Admittedly I haven't cleaned the tips (other than soap and water when doing a general wash) so took Autosol and an old toothbrush to them at the weekend. But didn't get all the carbon off. And got bored after a while.
Anyone any ideas for using mechanical means?
I tried my Dremel with a kind of felt attachment but needed something slightly abrasive I reckon.
 

Mark_86

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I'd let the autosol sit on then for about 60 seconds and then give it a good brush...


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robps3

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That's exactly what I've been using, every weekend since I got the car in October, but in 200 hours of running I've had to take them off three times to properly clean them up, and despite all the regular attention they're still filthy after only handful of hours. Sod 'em, they can stay in the cupboard.


dont want to sell them do you, just bought my car and two are corroded and cant really make look better.
 

GSB

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dont want to sell them do you, just bought my car and two are corroded and cant really make look better.
Not really. Plan A is to clean them up and put them back on when I sell the car, and Plan B is to ceramic coat them gloss black. I'm erring toward plan B at the moment, purely to see how they perform.
 

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Admittedly I haven't cleaned the tips (other than soap and water when doing a general wash) so took Autosol and an old toothbrush to them at the weekend. But didn't get all the carbon off. And got bored after a while.
Anyone any ideas for using mechanical means?
I tried my Dremel with a kind of felt attachment but needed something slightly abrasive I reckon.

Don't use anything abrasive, use the dremel and autosol. Anything abrasive would probably lose their shine for good :(
 

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Not really. Plan A is to clean them up and put them back on when I sell the car, and Plan B is to ceramic coat them gloss black. I'm erring toward plan B at the moment, purely to see how they perform.

Funnily enough it seems as if the Sport Exhaust on the TT RS / RS3 will have black tips now. Not keen on it myself, or at all. I guess it's good to see which exhaust it has from the outside but I've always liked the shiny tips :(
 

GSB

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Funnily enough it seems as if the Sport Exhaust on the TT RS / RS3 will have black tips now. Not keen on it myself, or at all. I guess it's good to see which exhaust it has from the outside but I've always liked the shiny tips :(
I don't mind if they're shiny, colour coded or not visible at all, I just don't want them looking like a quartet of scabby ring pieces hanging out from the back of my car. To be honest, four giant chrome exhaust outlets on a hatchback with a four pot engine is a bit garish anyway. It's the automotive equivalent of stuffing your socks down the front of your speedos, and makes me cringe every time I see it.
 

SteveMcB

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LOL - I agree, twins look much better than quads, go black!
 

batch

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I have recently toyed with the idea of an RS3 backbox, which some suggest may be a direct fit (for the record I'm not so sure!) because I like the idea of twin ovals. That said I also do like my quads!
 

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Funnily enough it seems as if the Sport Exhaust on the TT RS / RS3 will have black tips now. Not keen on it myself, or at all. I guess it's good to see which exhaust it has from the outside but I've always liked the shiny tips :(

I had an A4 (B7) Black Edition (single pipe each side of the rear of the car) which came with black exhaust tips but from a distance you couldn't tell if they were black or just dirty.
 

mikemod

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I have recently toyed with the idea of an RS3 backbox, which some suggest may be a direct fit (for the record I'm not so sure!) because I like the idea of twin ovals. That said I also do like my quads!

Not a direct replacement, RS3 one piece form the cat.

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batch

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batch

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Yes, I do like the twin ovals as well :sunglasses:

Once you've done yours you can send me the instructions :smiley:

Forgot to mention the RS3 rear section is £1300 inc vat :scared2:
A couple on eBay for under £300 (or were last week) but I'd also want to find some Akrapovič carbon trims. Purely musing over it, as I'm happy with the current look (gloss carbon fibre OEM trims).
 

KrisKrk

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Get under the car, find the inner edge of the trims and gently tap all the way around evenly with a rubber mallet, until the begin to slide off, then tap back a couple of times into a waiting hand.

Will it be same on A6 C6 2010, you think?
Wanted to get the tips off to either clean up properly or change.
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batch

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Will it be same on A6 C6 2010, you think?
Wanted to get the tips off to either clean up properly or change.
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Should be the same principle...
 

KrisKrk

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Had my second service today on my S3 and asked them to look at offside inner tailpipe tip as it is the only one of the four that has soot traces (or maybe pitting ?) that i just can't remove, despite regular use of Britemax metal polish and sealant combo. Nice young lady told me when I went back that they didn't think it would be a warranty issue but I should try the Poorboys metal polish (as recommended by the tech who worked on my car!). I've no reason to think that the PB stuff will be any better than Britemax twins but will get some and give it a go.
If that doesn't work, she did say that I should get back to them and they would ask the bodyshop to have a look at it. We'll see.

I have a recollection (but can't now find it by searching) that someone on here has had tips replaced under warranty. I'd like to be able to make the argument if more polishing doesn't help. Anyone point me in the direction of that thread ?
 

davc

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Like you I doubt the PB stuff will be any better than the Britemax tbh mate.

Have you tried an acid based wheel cleaner to try and shift it? I'd try that before shelling out on more polish.
 

msdmjb

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Once a week with a baby wipe, 3yrs down the line and still like new (although mine doesn't see any winter salt).
 
Got loads of wheel cleaners in the collection LOL ! Will try Bilberry or maybe even Megs Wheel Brightener before shelling out more dosh.
It's been baby wipes all the way so far (in addition to the Britemax) - it's worked a treat on 3 out of 4 !
 

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