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.
I found this vid useful when cleaning mine... hope it helps
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.
Just seen this thread Grant....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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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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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.
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.dont want to sell them do you, just bought my car and two are corroded and cant really make look better.
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.
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.
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.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
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
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).Yes, I do like the twin ovals as well
Once you've done yours you can send me the instructions
Forgot to mention the RS3 rear section is £1300 inc vat
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.