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Mar 19th 2016, 07:22 PM   #1
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  Jan 2016
  Bot Hell, WA

  Honda RC51, BMW S1000RR, BMW R1200RT, Suzuki DR650SE
Removing boot rubber from exhaust

I'm the third owner of a RC-51, The 1st 2 somehow got boot rubber on the exhaust pipes on both sides. Looks like shit. At first I thought it was rust, but it's not.

Anybody have a good technique and product for removing the rubber without scratching the shit out of the pipes? I tried kerosene which did little.

Goof-Off?

I'm hesitant to use an abrasive cleaner.

Thanks in advance.
Mar 19th 2016, 07:38 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
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Maybe some scothbrite pads or fine steel wool? Try some stronger solvents like some toluene or acetone. Wont hurt the metal but could leave some discoloration on the pipe itself.

Do the pipes with the melted rubber on them have any finish on them?
Mar 19th 2016, 07:52 PM   #3
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Maybe some scothbrite pads or fine steel wool? Try some stronger solvents like some toluene or acetone. Wont hurt the metal but could leave some discoloration on the pipe itself.

Do the pipes with the melted rubber on them have any finish on them?
Yes, the pipes are bright and chromed, Scotchbrite and steel wool are abrasive and only a last resort as they would definitely dull the finish. Thanks though Pigs. May look into the chemicals. Something that dissolves rubber would be better.
Mar 19th 2016, 07:59 PM   #4
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Yes, the pipes are bright and chromed, Scotchbrite and steel wool are abrasive and only a last resort as they would definitely dull the finish. Thanks though Pigs. May look into the chemicals. Something that dissolves rubber would be better.
Would definitely not use anything abrasive on it then...

I can't imagine solvents like acetone doing any damage to chrome.
Mar 19th 2016, 08:52 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
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I Googled on the internets.

Goof-Off, paint thinner or lacquer thinner, Turtle Wax Chrome and Rust remover, and Easy-Off oven cleaner seem to be the most popular methods. Think I'll try them in that order.
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Mar 23rd 2016, 03:32 AM   #6
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Brake & Throttle Body cleaners are fairly hot solvents, inexpensive and easy to use. Neither should affect chrome plating. Get a can of brake cleaner or whichever solvent you prefer and put a drop or two on the chrome and see what happens.

If the chrome doesn't discolor, spray the rubber, (hopefully it will soften up a bit) and use a plastic gasket scraper to remove.

Gasket Removers : Permatex® SaferScraper? Plastic Scraper
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