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    Whats the best way to clean up a set of headers? They are only a couple years old, but blued up and a little dirty. They are Bassets. Just wondering what people are using and prefer. Thanks!
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    When I had a set off old Bassett twisties, I used ''Never Dull'' and WD-40 to eliminate hard rust. It worked....but, was not worth keeping them. Had holes between the primary tubes. It depends how bad are the headers??

    If you just want to clean them up, bring back a shine, try the Never Dull and some ''Mothers'' polish combined. Thats what I use on my new Rewarders and leaves no scratches. Just my 2-cents.
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    Been using this on my chrome stuff for years & have always been pleased with it.... Boat headers, valve covers, rims, etc...


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    I use 0000 steel wool, on chrome and glass.
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    I would just ceramic coat them and never worry about the blues again.

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    I've always heard that you can't polish out the blue. You can make the blue areas somewhat shiny, but they'll still be blue.
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    X2 on the ceramic coating.

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    For the really blue parts a lot of cycle shops carry a product called Blue Away (I think it's made by the makers of simi-chrome). It does remove some of the chrome however, and the area it's used on will never be as shiny as it was when new so use it sparingly, after the chrome is gone they no longer blue but turn a coppery color if overheated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregb View Post
    For the really blue parts a lot of cycle shops carry a product called Blue Away (I think it's made by the makers of simi-chrome). It does remove some of the chrome however, and the area it's used on will never be as shiny as it was when new so use it sparingly, after the chrome is gone they no longer blue but turn a coppery color if overheated.
    Not meaning to jack the thread or anything mcderns, this just seemed like the right place to put this question. But Greg, will that stuff work on headers that are this blue? I'm just looking to clean my Bassetts up a little. I'm not looking to make them look new again, just a little better looking.


    Also, what's the best way to remove the heavy rust that forms between the tubes? This is what I'm really looking to get rid of because the rust makes them look really bad. Here's a shot of them when I first got them, and they still look about the same cause I don't know how I could easily clean them up, cheaply. I know ceramic coating or a re-chrome is the best way, but I can't afford that right now.


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    It'll take that blue off. I found out about it because back when my headers were new I was racing someone around the lake and my kneeboard happened to float up, head back and was stopped by the engine, unfortunately it also hit the shutoff valve I have going to the headers , of course I didn't notice and I wasn't letting off either, they went from bitchen chrome to blue, and not just on the bends it was everywhere. I used the blue away and it took off the blue, some parts still had water spots that I couldn't get off, guess they discolored at a different rate. They weren't as shiny or chrome looking as they were before, as I said it removes some of the chrome, but they were at least the nickel color again. The parts down by the heads you wont ever get all the color off, even the nickel plating discolors there. Try it on a small spot and see if you like the results. As for the rust between the tubes I use fine steel wool and WD or light oil and something like a screwdriver to work it around in there, not much you can do except spray some oil in between after your done for the day and keep them lubed when it's under cover or not being used.

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    Try the 0000 steel wool on the rust HJ it won't touch the blueing but I think you'll be suprised on the rust....I didn't say it would come off easy but it will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by H20MOFO View Post
    Try the 0000 steel wool on the rust HJ it won't touch the blueing but I think you'll be suprised on the rust....I didn't say it would come off easy but it will.
    I used the 0000 steel wool, that you suggested the other day, on the chrome. And it did bring back quite a bit of the shine, even on the blue, and it took water spots and finger prints with it. My chrome is already covered in lots of very fine scratches, so I wasn't that concerned about the steel wool scratching it or anything like that. But, I probably wouldn't try it on new headers, but on mine the steel wool worked great, but like you said didn't touch the blue. I'll give it a try on the rust, but I don't know, I might have to start with a fine wire brush to get rid of the scaliness of the rust, and use the steel wool to remove the rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregb View Post
    It'll take that blue off. I found out about it because back when my headers were new I was racing someone around the lake and my kneeboard happened to float up, head back and was stopped by the engine, unfortunately it also hit the shutoff valve I have going to the headers , of course I didn't notice and I wasn't letting off either, they went from bitchen chrome to blue, and not just on the bends it was everywhere. I used the blue away and it took off the blue, some parts still had water spots that I couldn't get off, guess they discolored at a different rate. They weren't as shiny or chrome looking as they were before, as I said it removes some of the chrome, but they were at least the nickel color again. The parts down by the heads you wont ever get all the color off, even the nickel plating discolors there. Try it on a small spot and see if you like the results. As for the rust between the tubes I use fine steel wool and WD or light oil and something like a screwdriver to work it around in there, not much you can do except spray some oil in between after your done for the day and keep them lubed when it's under cover or not being used.
    Got any pics of how they turned out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mako shark mark View Post
    Oh yeah, Forgot to mention that the hull is a special mixture of speedcote, herculiner and rain-x, all blended together- good for another 8 mph top end.

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    SOS pads are the only way to clean up chrome.
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