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Chrome Stripping Idea

I have a friend that used muriatic acid to strip the chrome off his Harley exhaust, leaving a yellowish nickel finish. It's a really nice classic look. Would this work for the vn750 chrome parts, or am I just asking for trouble?

My pipes have already turned yellow and blue up near the cylinder, so the goal is a bit more consistent color, and classic look.


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Muriatic acid can be some pretty mean stuff, but I'm no chemist so I would only be guessing what effect it might have on your pipes. The yellow and purple that you're seeing is oxidation. There are products available to remove that oxidation if that's what your underlying concern is. See https://www.amazon.com/Simichrome-42.../dp/B0022ZOR78 , which is one that I've heard of, but there are probably others as well.

There is no bluing on my pipes. The stock pipes are double-wall, and they really don't blue very easily. Bluing can be a symptom that is caused by a lean fuel mixture, though I guess a rich mixture can cause the same thing? Point is that if your bike is running right, you shouldn't have an issue. Aftermarket pipes are a different story because they may only be a single wall, which blues much more easily. Depending on your situation and your preferences you have some options, but just be aware that if your pipes are blue, then the "Blue Away" may not do much for you because it may be a symptom of how your bike is running.

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I would polish the discoloration out as GDI stated. I did the same on mine.
If you are getting discoloration, then you need to fix the problem and not the symptom....carb adjustments are needed.

Now...as far as stripping chrome off....You can use Easy Off oven cleaner to accomplish that task.
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As far as discoloration, I don't know the bike's full history. I have put on 500 of it's 18,000 miles. The pipes came discolored. It probably had an issue before, but the most recent owner took good care of it. It seems to be running fine now.

I was just exploring cosmetics at this point


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It would be very rare to find a set of stock pipes without some discoloration, especially near the heads on the downpipes.

I used chrome polish, then wax, though I don't know how long wax will last with the heat. On chrome that doesn't see heat extremes, it's always best to wax after polishing. Most of the blue polished out, and the yellow lightened up a lot.

A lot of riders embrace the color, say it adds character, so they wear it proudly.
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I started looking around at other bikes' pipes, and almost all have it.
I think I'll leave well enough alone! Thanks!
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Removed mufflers, straight pipes out of GB. 110/90 Front Tire. Pick-up coil mod. Shindengen MOSFET FH020AA r/r. USB Outlet + Voltmeter. Repainted Metallic Blue w/ new tank bages. Ear Shave (wo/ coasters) 40/140 NO shims 45MPG. MCCT conversion.

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I would polish the discoloration out as GDI stated. I did the same on mine.
If you are getting discoloration, then you need to fix the problem and not the symptom....carb adjustments are needed.

Now...as far as stripping chrome off....You can use Easy Off oven cleaner to accomplish that task.
Used Easyoff to strip the paint from my gas tank and chrome pieces yesterday. Was under the impression it wouldn't react with the chrome, glad I didn't leave it on for too long!
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Used Easyoff to strip the paint from my gas tank and chrome pieces yesterday. Was under the impression it wouldn't react with the chrome, glad I didn't leave it on for too long!
Are you talking about the side covers? They are actually chrome paint...


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Are you talking about the side covers? They are actually chrome paint...


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previous owner had blacked everything, including gas tank, exhaust pipes, chrome frame/sissy bar, lights, forks etc. (did strip paint from plastic covers accidentally).
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