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Old 03-03-2018, 07:10 PM   #1
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Not happy with my tips

OK, so I've bought me a Z4 coupe (last weekend). I love it, and from herein, let the OCD detailing begin!! So off came the exhaust tips today, as they were in a horrid state, and I washed them and fine (grade 0) steel wooled them. Still not good.

OK, so here's the question. What's the finish on them? It seems to be a sort of vapour hone or satin chrome? How to restore correctly?
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Old 03-03-2018, 08:08 PM   #2
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I’m actually not sure what that finish is?

Did you try a metal polish with the wire wool ?


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They are satin chrome finish but they are starting to pit. Your best bet is to either get them re chromed or remove some of the tar deposits first with a tar remover, then with a MF cloth use a metal polish and clean them up. Don't be using any more wire wool or you will remove most of the chrome plate finish, then seal with a sealant or ceramic coating.
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Get yourself over to the Z4 forum (if you are not already), there is a chap over there that makes new stainless steel tips:

https://z4-forum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=60853

I had a pair on my Z4 before I upgraded my exhaust, the quality is excellent.
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OK, so I've bought me a Z4 coupe (last weekend). I love it, and from herein, let the OCD detailing begin!! So off came the exhaust tips today, as they were in a horrid state, and I washed them and fine (grade 0) steel wooled them. Still not good.

OK, so here's the question. What's the finish on them? It seems to be a sort of vapour hone or satin chrome? How to restore correctly?
You’ll struggle to get them back to oem finish. MachineMonkey is the guy on z4-forum that can supply new tips.

Either that or spray the existing ones a Matt silver, that will be near to factory finish.

See you over on the z4 forum
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Thanks for the replies all.
Well, considering the ends of the tips are rooted anyway, I've masked off the tip end and am going through sandpaper to get rid of the pitting. Almost there. I agree, they'll never be 100% unless I do a serious stripping and then re chroming. I'm in the Automotive business, so I'll investigate this avenue. Thanks for the replies so far.
And srhutch, I'll look out for you. I'm Z4M_er.
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