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Old 03-06-2006, 02:15 PM   #1
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Polishing the tip?

Kind of a suggestive statement, eh.

Anyhow, in lieu of wasting money on the chrome exhaust tip that Porsche sells, would it be possible to polish the stock tip to a nice shine? I know nothing about this sort of thing.

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Old 03-06-2006, 02:22 PM   #2
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I wonder if you could remove it, and either:

1) Have someone polish it for you- some metal finishing company??

2) Take to someone that could plate it with chrome??

3) And do either #1 or #2 for less the than the +$350 that Porsche wants to charge for the chrome tip.
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Old 03-06-2006, 02:23 PM   #3
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Ironic, but I posted a suggestion to this question just about an hour ago to someone wanting to buy a new tip. I use a polishing creme called MAAS. I started using this stuff to clean stainless steel firearms...found it works great on the exhaust tip. A little elbo grease will be required but it took my 9 year old tip to a like new appearance. I bought it at Sportsman's Warehouse, but i know BassPro and several other sporting goods stores sell it. I'm sure it's available on the "net" as well. Good luck!
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Old 03-06-2006, 02:28 PM   #4
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eslai, you know, just the outer most bezel area of the chrome tip is shiny. The rest looks like the normal S tip. FYI.
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Old 03-06-2006, 02:38 PM   #5
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I have used some kind of cream on my 2.5 exhaust before with good effect (i used this cream for old coins to give them a shiny finish) can't remember the name but it did not last very long as the exhaust went back to his burnt color fairly quickly.

i don't think it is possible to keep an exhaust in a polished state all the time, funny as i was looking at the S exhaust today pondering if i should try to polish it as quite a lot of metal is visible from behind
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Old 03-06-2006, 02:48 PM   #6
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Thanks for the responses. See, the idea I'm thinking of is not to just keep it shiny and new looking, I'm talking about getting a near-mirror finish to it like, well, all the stainless steel silverware in my kitchen drawer.

bmusatti, I had no idea the tequipment tip was that cheesy! Amazing.

Anyhow, I figure one could buff it real good and get some kind of polish out of it but that yeah, it'd be a bit of a bother to maintain. Anyone with any first-hand knowledge of that sort of thing?
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Old 03-06-2006, 02:58 PM   #7
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Hi Elsai,

In order to polish the tip to a near mirror like finish, you need to find out what type of stainless the tip is composed up. 98% of the time, OEM manufactures use a 409 type stainless on the exhausts. This type is unable to be polished out with a machine buffer....sorry. Your other option is to take the tip OFF and have it chromed.

At Magnaflow they use to use a 436 type stainless you could polish out all day with a machine buffer/polish. Customers would polish out thier tubing all the time, and they came out sick looking. MF then changed to a 409 Class stainless, which looked shinny, but could not be polished out to be mirror like.

Hope this helps.

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If you want a "mirror" finish my suggestion will disappoint. It shines it up great but in no way is it a mirror type look. I'll be watching to see if anyone has a viable solution!
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eslai, check-out www.westcoastchrome.com in Modesto, CA. 209-544-2436. Maybe they can do the chrome for you.
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Old 03-06-2006, 03:18 PM   #11
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Thanks again guys, great information!
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that's very nice where is this rear coming from?
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that's very nice where is this rear coming from?
Hey Olly, the photo is from Porsche's website for thier Boxster Tequipment stuff.
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is the whole exhaust different or just the tip, i like the shape of that rear bumper and the exhaust bottom pipes do not show as much as mine
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Old 03-07-2006, 04:24 PM   #15
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Oh nonono man, it's just the tip! For $400 you're lucky to get a lightbulb from Porsche. The bumper in that picture is stock, they just make it look pretty.
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eslai, are you going to get the tip chromed??
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Probably not, but I'll probably look into it eventually.
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Eslai, here is another tip to consider from the Cayman:

http://e-partssales.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=P&Product_Code=98711198100&Category_Code=987ext
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Eslai, did you see this?

Is your car back??
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I use Brasso to polish the exhaust tip. It works great and can be purchased at any grocery store.

http://www.stanleylondon.com/brasso.htm

I have used Maas on the exhaust pipes of my Harley and it also works great ( even better then Brasso ! )

http://www.maasinc.com/products_metalpolish.asp

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