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03-08-2011, 11:28 AM
Just curious what products you guys use to safely remove melted boot rubber off the exhaust pipe.

03-08-2011, 12:51 PM
Melted boot rubber on an exhaust..I've never seen this. Could you post a pic of what you talking about?

I'm trying to think of what rubber is around an exhaust and other than some rubber on the mounting brackets for an exhaust I don't know if I've ever seen a rubber boot. Sure someone has seen this before though.

Mike Moore
03-08-2011, 12:52 PM
I have used a few different things and they all worked for me.

S100 Polishing Soap

On a "warm" (Not HOT) pipe use brake cleaner and spray and wipe 4-5 times with a terry cloth

XXXX steel wool

Then get a boot guard.


Bobby B.
03-08-2011, 12:57 PM
S100 Polishing Soap works great for removing melted Boot rubber.

03-08-2011, 01:07 PM
I will try the polishing soap and see what it does. I have used brake cleaner and even oven cleaner and these two things work great. Im just trying to find something that is not as harsh for customers bikes.

03-08-2011, 01:10 PM
Ahhh melted boot rubber on a bike. I get it now! I was thinking on a car!

Mike Moore
03-08-2011, 01:25 PM
The S100 Polishing Soap is the least aggressive but it's a LOT more work.

Mike Phillips
03-08-2011, 01:33 PM
Popsicle Stick
Plastic Razor Blade (http://www.autogeek.net/sr-5-gp.html)


You need something that will scrape or pry the melted rubber/plastic mix off the chrome coating that at the same time won't scratch the chrome coating.

Usually just takes some grunt work with something like I listed above. I've tried using things like Aircraft Quality Paint Stripper and Easy-Off Oven Cleaner to chemically attack, soften and loosen the bond the melted goo has on the chrome, things like this won't hurt chrome.


03-11-2011, 07:16 PM
I've been riding for over 25 years. I would recommend you try the polishing soap first as you want to go from the least to the most aggressive, just exactly as you do with paint. Step up your aggressiveness with 0000 steel wool and a light compound or a metal polish like Autosol. Another great chrome product is Collinite Metal wax. I have very successfully used it with a polishing pad and my rotary to correct some nasty chrome. I have even used it with a small wool pad with amazing results. Try it, you will be amazed!

tuscarora dave
03-11-2011, 08:24 PM
I use Pro Polish on a wool pad with my rotary and it cleans melted boot rubber of easily. Pretty much any swirl remover will work well with wool pads and it doesn't scratch at all. I'll use a plastic razor blade as Mike has suggested to get the heavier stuff off first.

03-11-2011, 11:05 PM
We have a new product that works pretty well for this:

R3 Racing Rubber Remover


It should be in the autogeek store in the next week or so.

03-11-2011, 11:12 PM
We have a new product that works pretty well for this:

R3 Racing Rubber Remover


It should be in the autogeek store in the next week or so.

Is this product made for removing tire residue off of paint work?

03-11-2011, 11:16 PM
It's made for removing the chunks of melted tire off of bodywork - roadracers and drag racers are the primary market.

Follow me around a road course and see what happens.


03-11-2011, 11:22 PM
Thats freaking awesome, I wish I would've had this product when I was drag racing and drifting, if I was still in the scene I would sell you a few cases :P

04-12-2011, 09:59 AM
Here's what I've done and it works great. Use a single edge razor blade to get off what you can then get the pipes warm and spray some Easy Off oven cleaner on a rag and blot onto the remaining stain on the pipes, let sit a few min (5-10) and then wipe off. BE SURE NOT TO GET ANY OVEN CLEANER ON A PAINTED SURFACE.