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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-24-2011, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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How to remove baked plastic off of pipes

Had some trash bags blowing around the road and couldn't avoid them....they subsequently melted and became almost petrified onto the pipes. Tried adhesive remover but no luck. Any help is appreciated...don't wanna ruin my British Customs
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-24-2011, 06:40 PM
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When your pipes are hot remove as much as you can by just peeling it off. Next I gambled with a blade and lightly scraped as much as I could, it paid off no scratches to the pipes at all. Time took care of the rest, I paid special attention to the area at every wash it is all gone now. You can also try goo gone and a dish scrubber, but you have to be careful not to over do it as you can damage the chrome by the heavy scrubbing. But then again I have a lot of patience and figured I can wear that as proof of my riding the crap out of my bird. there is nothing that time can't fix
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I've had something similar happen... used tons of chrome polish and a razor blade held very flat to the pipes to shave off the goop. Worked out well.

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Heat up the pipes and wipe with a rag wet with WD40, Easy OFF oven cleaner on hot pipes works as well but be sure to SPRAY THE RAG...NOT THE BIKE as the over spray eats paint.

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I had the same thing happen and I used a wet microfiber cloth on the hot pipes to get the bulk of it off then I used fingernail polish remover to melt the plastic away once it was hardened.
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Easy Off oven cleaner. Just follow the instructions (although ignore the part about heating up the oven, the pipes will get too hot, too quick). I tried "warm", but then let the bike cool first...it may take a few applications but will take everything off with no scratching, no blades, and no risk of damaging your shiny down pipes.
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Col. Brassy. Probably mis-spelled. Same thing happened to my Roadstar. Let the pipes cool, picked at it a while then got the bottle of Col. Brassy. Squirted a liberal amount on a micro cloth and started rubbing. No plastic and the shiniest that chrome had been since I bought it.
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