How to keep a scratch in your exhaust from rusting?

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by NYHarley, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. NYHarley

    NYHarley Active Member

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    I have a couple of good deep scratches in my Rinehart Pipes. They scratches are not noticeable and for $50 bucks they were a steal. However they are deep right thru the chrome. I polish the pipes regularly, but want to make sure the scratches don't rust, what can I do?
     
  2. hogrotten

    hogrotten Junior Member

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    Move to Arizona :lolrolling
     
  3. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    Most auto parts suppliers sell high gloss high heat engine paint .Problem s it is only available in aerosol. Buy a can of silver and spray some onto a piece of cardboard,then take a Q-tip and use that to apply it to the scratches. It lasts for quite a while before it needs a touch up.

    Also works on crash bars and bag guards if you have mistakenly parked it on it's side :s
     
  4. Hoople

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    Another thing you may try....

    You may also be able to take a dab of Never-Seize and push it into the scratch. Take a rag and wipe off the excess.
    It's Silver & it's High temp and won't let rust form. Who knows it may work.

    Hoop!
     
  5. NYHarley

    NYHarley Active Member

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    I am moving to North Carolina in a few months. I guess thats better weather than NY.

    I will try the paint method.... I don't care about the looks cause you can't see the scratches unless you look for them. I just know that the rust will take over if I am not pro-active.
     
  6. poohbear

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    if they are in a hard to see area try 'clear' fingernail polish, make sure pipes are cool first.
     
  7. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    I use ZINK spray product (galv-con)::: LIKE STEVEO7 says onto cardboard then I use a toothpick to fine detail the scratch...zink stays around for quite a while EVEN when most is wiped-worn off.... It adheres to bare scratched metal and a very thin molecule of zink keeps it rust free....

    problem is YOU will see the scratch-galvanize when YOU look at it every time... BUT RUST will not happen....

    I kinda liked the idea of clear nail-polish .. IF not too hot an area, it might last okay...

    signed....BUBBIE