Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Here what the Vulcan verses have to say:
Removing melted plastic from Exhaust
Q: Today I took the bike out for a ride. It was a very windy day, while I was going down the road the wind blew a small clear plastic bag and it caught on my right exhaust where it comes out of the engine and stuck and melted on
it. Is there anyway to get it off easily? Any recommendations!
A: I use the very finest steel wool money can buy (0000 I think) and Turtle Wax chrome polish at the same time. Others have used razor blades. Still others have used wood "scrapers" when the pies are really hot to get it off or even a cotton cloth to wipe it off while you re-melt it with engine heat... Others - who I think are psycho - have used oven cleaner. The reason I think they are psycho is if you get even a hint of a drop on the aluminum OR the paint, the surface is permanently toast. Some spray it on a cloth FAR away from the bike and then walk over and rub the mark off - usually while the pipe is hot. Be careful not to scratch that chrome. I have NEVER scratched the chrome with my steel wool method, but some say it can be done. I've done it that way exclusively for rust, plastic, boot marks, bugs, etc... for 2 years now.
I believe JC Whitney has short chrome heat shields that will fit into that space to prevent a reoccurance of melted heels on the pipes.
Last edited by OlHossCanada; 04-24-2010 at 09:32 PM.