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Melted rain suit on exhaust pipe, p. 2

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Q. Had been in New York all day and while riding home that night my Gortex rainsuit pants touched against the head pipe of the exhaust, leaving a thick black marking. Did not find out until the next morning. To date, I have tried "Blue Job" [affil. link to info/product on Amazon], some other chrome cleaner and even brake cleaner. No luck yet. Any suggestions? I just installed these new Hooker headers about three months ago and consequently would love to save them.

Kirk C [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
construction - Crofton, Maryland


A. Dropped Polyester Blanket On hot Pipes Melted Big Black spot on Pipes Tried All the Remedies I Had read.

What Finally Worked was to take a single edge razor blade and scrape the polyester off And polish the pipes with Mother's Mag & Aluminum Polish [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] . Pipes Look like NEW and the scratches form the steel wool have gone away also.

Ron B [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Erie, Michigan

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A. Had a buddy's wife get her shoes on my pipes. Triple or quad zero steel wool works =>
also, and every home has it, gasoline. Put gas on a rag, stuff came right off.

Thomas B [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Sewickley Heights, Pennsylvania


A. Try gasoline... I have had great success in removing leather,rubber and some things I'm not sure what they were. Just for those who will probably ask- Cold -pipe unless you want a surprise

Charlie S [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- New Albany Pennsylvania


I was getting off my motorcycle and the shopping bag (plastic) touched the pipe and I can't get it off to save my soul please help.

SONNY T [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- STANWOOD,Washington


Did you try all of the suggestions list above, Sonny? If you only tried some, please tell us what didn't work. Thanks.

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Ted Mooney, P.E.
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
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Gentlemen and ladies,
I just purchased a new Vulcan and within the first 600 miles had black scuff marks from shoes on the exhaust. I was bummed. I did get it off no problem. While the exhaust was still hot enough to turn the product to steam I used mothers chrome polish. Took the marks right off no problem and chrome still looks like new. hope it helps.

Robert B [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- North Dakota

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Last week I got caught in the rain. My rain suit pant leg left a mark on my exhaust cover. I rode to work twice and did a dinner run with my club before I noticed the burn mark so it was baked on pretty well. I tried gasoline, chrome polish, paint thinner, etc. and none of them worked. After reading the posts here I decided to try steel wool with WD-40 [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] and it worked great. The cover came clean quickly and the steel wool left no marks. Thanks for the help.

Len L [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Warrensburg, Missouri


Try Road Rub! It really helped me. The Harley store by me sells it but you can get it online too. It's less then $10 a tube and looks like a travel size deodorant. My dad burned his nylon jogging pants on my brand new bike's pipe. I had a huge brown burnt spot right in the middle of the pipe. I rode the bike to get it hot and used a terry towel to wipe off as much as I could. I got a lot off but what was left smeared across the whole pipe and left a thick dull haze. I wasn't sure what was worse. I tried everything: chrome cleaner, WD-40, coke cola, and was just about to break out the oven cleaner when my hubby started calling bike dealers for suggestions. The lady at Harley says they refer to Road Rub as "miracle in a tube". You just rub it on the mark while the pipes are nice and cool. It took it all off! It took a little elbow grease and almost 2 tubes, but it was worth it. The toughest spots were where I still had that brown burnt stuff left but everything came off pretty easy. Hope this helps!

Michelle B [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Addison, Illinois


Both my wife and I just purchased new bikes and we both at some point touched the sole of a shoe to the exhaust. I tried a ton of the different solutions offered on the web, but what finally did it for us was Bon-Ami [affil. link to info/product on Amazon]. It's a very mild cleanser that does not scratch. I used a damp cloth, enough of the Bon Ami powder to make a paste and then just rubbed and rubbed. It was a lot of elbow grease, but no scratches to the chrome.

Steve M [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Hutsonville, Illinois


I made the mistake of wearing a pair of nylon ski pants on a cold winter day when I rode my Harley and I now have melted nylon on my chrome exhaust pipes. What can I use to remove this without damaging the chrome? I know this is not industrial but an answer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,

John S [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
Harley rider counts - Seattle, Washington


Well, first-you know those "microfiber" cloths you can buy for detailing your bike and/or car? Well, they are man-made and they melt. DO NOT even brush them across your exhaust when it is hot. They are made of some super-secret, space-age material and they are hideous on your pipes.

I have had boot rubber on pipes before. Messy? Yes. Work to get off? Yes. But this stuff resisted everything. I finally tried what I read in a few responses here-0000 0000 steel wool [affil. link to info/product at Rockler] with gasoline. It took work, but it came off.

I followed up with some Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish. Good as new.

Paul W [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Orlando, Florida


What worked for me, and, no, this is not a joke... Goof Off [affil. link to info/product on Amazon].

2006 VTX. The spot on the exhaust was of unknown origin, but, it was so baked on that everyone (except me) was convinced it was a scuff/scratch on the pipe - kind of a dull grey smear abut the size of a quarter. Must have come from a shoe sole. Various cleaners and polishes did nothing. 3 repeated applications with the GOOF OFF (and some elbow grease) and it was gone.

For what it's worth...

No, I don't sell or market this stuff, but it is usable on many different kinds of surfaces and fabrics.

Pete K [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Guelph, Ontario, CANADA

September 29, 2011

I would like to second the Goof Off [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] post. It worked in seconds to remove melted shoe sole from my pipes. I'm sure the other suggestions will work just as well, but I had the Goof Off in my home already and decided to try it after reading the post suggesting it. Thanks for that!!!

Bill Phillips
- Newnan, Georgia


The other day I bent over my bike to get gas and melted half of my nylon track pants on the pipe. I tried a few things to no avail and came across this post after a google search and was just headed out to Walmart to get some Easy Off when my mom said what about this? Now what could a mom know about getting burnt stuff off exhaust pipes, right? Well as it turns out she brought me out Glass Cook Top Cleaner [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] and Ceramabryte Cleaning Pads [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] and said how about this. So I figure let's give it a shot. At first I think this ain't working but then think wait a minute here. It started to work and even started taking big chunks off. It seems that it has some kind of properties that concentrates on separating it from what it's stuck to. Worked excellent. I hope this helps someone.

JOHN R [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Niagara Falls Ontario Canada


For rubber heel burnt marks on my chrome pipe, I used 0000 0000 steel wool [affil. link to info/product at Rockler] and WD 40. Looks perfect, no scratches.

I was skeptical, but it worked, and I had to rub reasonably hard, but it took only a few minutes.

Johnny B [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Ottawa Ontario Canada

April 5, 2008

I want to thank everyone for the ideas in this forum. I had a shirt with cotton and polypropylene touch my exhaust and leave residue. I tried scrubbing with a rage and OOPS and WD-40 with no luck. I then applied the oops using 0000 0000 steel wool [affil. link to info/product at Rockler] and that removed the residue with no scratches. THANKS.

Stephen Gannon
- Austin, Texas

May 3, 2008

My 12 yr. old managed to drape his polyester motorcycle jacket across the pipes today and my first response (once I calmed down) was to get on the internet to see what to do. Thanks for all the help! I tried the Goo Gone [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] and that didn't work. The Easy Off did the trick. I think the pipe is still a little discolored, but the mess is gone. I'll bet when the wife is the culprit it takes even more "understanding".

Thanks again.

Rich Ruess
- Maple Valley, Washington


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June 18, 2008

I have melted a rain suit on a black exhaust pipe, unlike all the solutions mentioned above are on a chrome pipes. Has anyone had any luck with any solutions on black pipes. I don't want to wear off the black finish which is not as strong a finish as chrome is.

Kekoo Gatta
architect - Niagara On The Lake, Ontario, Canada

August 23, 2008

I tried many things to get melted plastic store bag off my exhaust....the only thing that worked was to heat it up with a propane torch..carefully...and wipe off with a cotton cloth then polish with Nevr-Dull [affil. link to info/product on Amazon]....no residue & nice and shiny!

Delores Maillard
- Levittown, Pennsylvania

February 20, 2009

Hi I went through an enormous puddle broken sprinkler line and when I was touching up my paint fenders, etc. I accidentally dropped my micro fiber cloth on my hot pipes cooked on!
How do I remove it? PLEASE HELP!

Michael Galvan
A/C Tech - Palm Desert, California

July 7, 2009

I unintentionally rested my riding boot on the pipe of my guy's bike and had a mess. We removed the rubber with Brasso [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] metal polish. It worked wonders!

Marsha Hayes
- Ridgely, Tennessee

August 18, 2009

I never had to use it, but I've been told that a ball of aluminum foil will rub it off. Good luck

dan dewitt
- zephyr hills Florida

September 25, 2009

I accidentally dropped my microfibre washmit on my hot chrome exhaust header. Once the header cooled off, stuck to it was melted orange microfibres - it was like baked on. I spent hours on the internet to check for a solution, however was not comfortable with chemicals as you never know what they can do (especially caustic stuff like easy off), steel wool (known to scratch), sandpaper (scratches like steel wool). I tried the magic eraser with some success. Comet was mild enough, just like the magic eraser not to scuff the chrome. What really worked was a brass shim. Brass is softer than chrome and will not damage the chrome if you are careful. I was able to gently scrape off the baked microfibres without leaving a trace on the chrome. You should always try this on a small area first. Good luck!

Jim Simpson
- Vancouver, Canada

October 31, 2009

my wife set her fleece on my seat witch of course as always if you put a jacket or shirt on the seat it ends up on the pipes

burnt on like plastic could not get it off tried steel wool and lacquer thinner which got the big smooth black spot off easy that looked like it would be the hardest but after rubbing for what seemed like 30 minutes on what seemed like Small plastic dots I decided to try scratching at it with a nickel like I read on here I decided that the pipes were ruined and if I scratched them it would not be worse than what I had it worked great no scratches polished with SimiChrome [affil. link to info/product on Amazon].

note Simichrome will get all boot marks and bugs off easily.

jason doe
- reynoldsburg Ohio

October 31, 2009

We can certainly understand that you'd be ticked off at your wife over this incident, Jason, but calling her your "seat witch, of course as always" is a bit strong. I hope I misunderstood :-)

But it made my Halloween. Glad the nickel worked!


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Ted Mooney, P.E.
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
Striving to live Aloha

December 6, 2009

I melted my nylon sweat pants on the exhaust of my new Fat Boy, then read all these postings, spent over $40 buying Road Rub, Goof Off, Weimans oven top cleaner, Classic cloth, a nickel, almost everything recommended here. NOTHING WORKED IN THE LEAST! Don't waste your money!

What did work perfectly and with little effort: I used a propane torch on the thick stuff, wiped it right off with a rag. Then used an SOS pad to remove the rest easily. SOS doesn't scratch chrome. A little Mothers chrome polish and Wala...perfect. Don't waste your money on the other stuff!

steve betts
- Cincinnati Ohio

April 9, 2010

I used the Easy-off oven cleaner and a nickel. It worked like a charm. Left it on about 2 hours or so, scraped with a nickel and it's beautiful. Awesome stuff that Easy-off.

Darren Barnes
- Hahira, Georgia

April 19, 2010

I tried Nevr-Dull (yes, that is the way it is actually spelled) Did nothing for the rubber on my pipes other than make everything else really shiny.
Once your pipes are COOL get an old rag and a little gasoline. Might take a little elbow grease but should take anything off with ease. && There is virtually no way to harm your beautiful chrome pipes.

Eric Phillip
- Terre Haute, Indiana

April 26, 2010

To all of the above: Give britepipes motorcycle exhaust cleaner a try. This product works to remove all melted on residue from your pipes effortlessly and without scratching.

Kim Long
- Montville, New Jersey

April 29, 2010

To remove boot marks, raincoat, and other things on exhaust pipes try brite pipes. This is the first product that really worked.

Henry Canup
- New Smyrna Beach, Florida

June 15, 2010

There is a remedy for your problem. Catch it before it starts or cover up a hole with a BANTHEBURN patch. Adhere the patch to any rainsuit or pair of pants, let dry then ride.

Erik Ryan
- Deerfield Beach Florida

August 24, 2010

My husband's rain suit melted onto his pipes. I removed the hardened mess using a penny. A penny is softer than chrome so it won't scratch your pipes. To get more pressure, I held the penny in a pair of pliers and was able to apply a great deal of force as I scraped, being careful to not let the pliers tips scratch the pipes. Once the gunk was off I rubbed the pipes with a stick of Road Rub to polish the pipes back to a mirror finish, removing the small speck size pieces.

Karen Seavers
- West Frankfort, Illinois

May 4, 2011

The Nylon liner of my jacket made an ugly spot on my (brand new) chrome tailpipe.

A razor-blade took everything clean off.
1) Use brand new blade (no kinks)
2) use very shallow angle
3) remove loose dirt around area, to avoid scratching.
4) Finish off with chrome polish

It took a fraction of the time, I expected.
I can't tell that there has ever been a mark.


Matt Minetzke
- Irvine, California

May 22, 2011

Hello, For everyone having problems with burnt (Melted) materials on your exhaust pipes, this is the only thing I use and it works great!

Purchase a butane torch lighter and some steel wool. You should purchase 3 different grades. Very fine (0000), Fine, Medium and Heavy.



Use the butane lighter to soften it and the medium to heavy gauge steal wool (depending on the amount of material). Rub pipes with the steel wool in a circular motion, heating it with the Butane lighter until the material is either removed or only a small portion of it remains.


Slowly alternate between the butane lighter and the steel wool until you begin to see the Chrome start to show through.

Once the material is removed or the material has lessened to a degree where only a small amount remains, Use the FINE steel wool and continue with the Butane lighter and rubbing the stain on the pipes.

You will begin to see the chrome start to return and you should move the wool over the outsides of the stain to blend and remove the outer parts of the stain. Once the Chrome has returned and the material is removed. Purchase a good Chrome cleaner and polish to restore the shine.


Follow the above procedures ONLY use the Fine or Very Fine steel wool. Moving slowly and in a circular motion over the stain until it is gone. Use the Chrome Cleaner and Polish to restore the shine.

This procedure works for most of the materials that will melt or stain the pipes. Other methods I have tried are either expensive or have damaged the Chrome to the point the pipes needed to be replaced.

Your experiences with this method may vary, but it works for me.


Ken Miller
- Portland Oregon USA

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June 13, 2011

I tried the oven cleaner on my tailpipes and it did nothing. I didn't want to use any abrasives on it (steel wool--are you kidding me?) so I tried Goo Gone, which I used to remove the sticky residue left behind by price tags. Just poured it over the plastic while the pipes were cold, and lo and behold, the plastic slid off in one solid piece. Amazing. I don't know if it was just the Goo Gone or the combination of whatever the oven cleaner and the Goo Gone might have done but it was miraculous! So I'd say go with the Goo Gone =>

Ruth Tarbell
- Alexandria Virginia USA

June 24, 2011

I melted the sleeve of my freezer jacket to my pipes. I poured Goo Gone =>
over it and the nylon peeled right off with a little help from a finger nail. The 6x4 patch was off in about 10 minutes.

Beverly Larson
- Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

August 19, 2011

Saddle bags fell and melted on pipes -- softball-size thick spot. I need help in removing this, JUST HAD PIPES PUT ON 3 MONTHS AGO. LOST, ANGRY AND FREAKING OUT. DID NOT NOTICE WHAT HAPPENED UNTIL HOURS LATER. VERY BAKED ON. HELP......


September 28, 2011

I have used tin foil and it works wonders. It is softer than chrome, but harder than plastic, vinyl, PVC, or whatever else is burnt on to your pipes.

1. Make sure the pipes are good and hot (great excuse to take a ride...)

2. Scrub with foil which smears the hot material but frees it up.

3. Wipe clean with a paper towel or rag.

Griffin James
- SeaTac, Washington, USA

February 7, 2012

I read all the accounts of using cleaners/solvents, etc. and the simplest method I could see was Felix E. He was right on! I secured a nickel coin to vice-grip pliers and scraped off approx. 3"x 8" melted-on snowpant plastic coating off my Harley pipe in about 15 min. The coating was very thick and I could really dig in with my make shift scraper and I absolutely did not leave any scratches. Keep it simple is my motto, elbow grease is way better that all those harsh chemicals.

Mark Bravo
- Stoney Creek ON Canada

February 7, 2012

hahahha it works....

Thank you everyone.. I read all the comments and my first attempt was perfect. My wife was getting treats out of my saddle bags for Superbowl Sunday (yay Giants) and yes plastic shopping bag melted all over my brand new pipes.
I tried this on my 1982 450 bobber before my brand new honda vtx 1300 retro.

Today is 2-7-12; after reading blogs I found on and watching youtube.com vids I chose to use the gasoline and penny method, because I had both in my garage. To start off, you will need 5 things:

- red shop rag,or any cloth
- gasoline, that was in my gas can for emergencies
- a true copper penny, pre 1974, I used a 1972.
- cooled off pipes, unless you wanna catch something on fire..but really you probably don't want to..
- 18.9 seconds of free time, yes I timed it.

step 1: damp rag with gasoline and gently dab and gently rub affected area on cool pipes

step 2: after about 4 seconds of dabbing, use 1972 copper penny to chip away melted plastic Walmart bag (due to the copper being a softer metal than chrome it will not scratch the chrome but in fact wear down the a little bit of the penny).

step 3: go apologize to your wife for yelling at her for effen up your chrome.

There ya go. 19 seconds later you feel like a new man.

- lehi ,utah, usa

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February 7, 2012

I had the same problem with a rainsuit that was melted on my pipes. I took it off with an Astro Smart Eraser Pad =>

I place the pad in my drill and rub the melted area. The pad is rubber so the Pipes were safe. Without effort you have the pipes shiny again. :)

Gilbert Ramirez
- Puerto Rico

June 4, 2012

Q. Well, I may have blown it.

Purchased a bike, the exhaust of which had a bit of melted shoe. I jumped in without doing much research and managed to get most of it off with a razor and the rough side of a sponge.

Here's the problem: in spite of how careful I was, at a couple of points I scraped at too deep of an angle and seemed to have removed a thin layer of the chrome plating. Also, the sponge left a lot of small scratches, giving the chrome a burnished-looking texture.

Now, I don't mind the scratches or the "burnished" spot, but my worry is that I actually gouged away the plating and have exposed the steel underneath. Is this possible? I do NOT want to see rust. Should I expect premature rust in this area? Am I completely screwed?

If there is some sort of protective coating I can apply periodically, please let me know. However, keep in mind that it's a high-heat exhaust pipe, and so a wax coating won't work.

I'm kicking myself right now, damn it.

Patrick [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Oakland, California, USA

May 26, 2013

A. On COLD pipes, apply a heavy coat of EZ Off (Blue cap) oven cleaner protecting all painted parts after you have removed as much as you can mechanically with fingernails and wooden or plastic scrapers. I've heard pennies and nickels are softer than chrome and can be used but I don't have the guts to try them on my gleaming chrome! Here's the trick! Let it sit for at LEAST 24 HOURS!
Having tried EZ Off before, thinking it was not working, I tried the 24 hour wait with great success. Even after that, I had to re-apply to get the last vestiges of the melted polyester off. Just use paper towels to wipe off the softened stuff....PATIENCE is the thing!
Please ...do not use steel wool....even 0000. At first glance, it will seem that your chrome is not scratched but see it in the sun or look at it with a bright light and you will se it has dulled your chrome and there is NO fix!

Joe Ramieri
- Denville, New Jersey, USA

October 17, 2013

A. I have used Awesome on both my Dyna and my husband's heritage. Sprayed it on let it set for a few minutes then it came right off with rough rag. He likes to use steel wool sometimes (not the one that will scratch). You can buy it for a dollar; just don't get it on paint. For some reason it will dull the shine. But on chrome it works great and shines it right up.

Terri Smith
- Middleburg, Florida, USA

July 9, 2014

A. Just putting in my 2 cents. I had this happen. I foolishly left my vest lying on my bike and the liner melted on the pipe. I tried a lot of stuff from Goo Gone, to steel wool (0000 or 000) to chrome cleaner and it fixed it very slightly.

In the end, what got it clean... I drove it home after work for about a half hour and left it running, went and grabbed the steel wool and tried again and it all came off with serious ease. The heat is what's need.. get that stuff hot again and it comes right off. Just be sure to wear gloves, and of course gloves that won't melt onto the pipe!

Chris Smithson
- Edmonton, AB, Canada

September 27, 2014

A. I made an oopsie and got blue tarp melted all over my chrome exhaust pipe and though I tried a lot of these nothing worked but letting the bike heat up till I could barely touch the pipes anymore and using a plastic putty knife to scrape the majority off... Took some work and then the resedue can be wiped off after it heats up some more. Just make sure when scraping that the exhaust isn't hot enough to melt the plastic.

Jessica Larson
- Akron, Ohio, United states

March 14, 2015

thumbs up signWe just tried the heated pipes and nickel to scrape off a boot scuff on the exhaust and it worked like a charm. Thanks for the advice.


Alecia Dooley
- des moines, iowa usa

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