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    Posted: 11 Jan 2018 at 15:09
The pipes and silencers on my V50 had seen better days but were good quality stainless (Keihan). So I decided to have them polished. I used a company I'd used before for plating: http://www.chromefix.co.uk/

£195 wasn't cheap but I think you'll agree a very nice job - indistinguishable from chrome.

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Wait till they get hot again. Stainless always goes a straw colour when it gets hot.
 
But vinegar and aluminium foil rubbed on it will get the shine back.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cyclobutch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jan 2018 at 15:58
Yes, my Keihan system has a distinctly braan tinge to it. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iansoady Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jan 2018 at 16:37
Originally posted by Brian UK Brian UK wrote:

Wait till they get hot again. Stainless always goes a straw colour when it gets hot.
 
But vinegar and aluminium foil rubbed on it will get the shine back.


Hot? You mean I'm supposed to ride it?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jan 2018 at 17:37
Eventually go black as per second pic.


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I really like the look of that bikeThumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GC888 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2018 at 18:00
2nd image looks like a gun blue which I like,

You can get an acid to turn steel blue if you don't do the hot oil dip, but never tried it with stainless. 

My own pipes are rusty chrome so was considering a wrap... on the other hand get them on the machine wire brush to strip the chrome and give them a brushed finish before gun bluing may be an alternative?  
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Stainless does indeed go brown but unlike rusty chrome pipes can easily and quickly be smartened up with Solvol or similar.Stainless every time for me.......when I can afford it.

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Or if Solvol proves expensive, crushed aluminium foil dipped in vinegar does the same job.
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It's not the price of the Solvol Brian.It's the cost of replacing the complete rusty exhaust system of the GT 850 with stainless.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iansoady Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jan 2018 at 10:37
Originally posted by johnno johnno wrote:

I really like the look of that bikeThumbs Up


You can have the front mudguard for a modest price if you like.......
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Originally posted by Brian UK Brian UK wrote:

Or if Solvol proves expensive, crushed aluminium foil dipped in vinegar does the same job.

Or just ride around with brown pipes of course. 

I actually have a beautiful chromed mudguard for mine, exactly the same pattern as OE but came from a Benelli. I never fit it for fear of it rusting - my Veefer is mostly a winter bike. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jan 2018 at 13:18
Originally posted by Dave P. Dave P. wrote:

It's not the price of the Solvol Brian.It's the cost of replacing the complete rusty exhaust system of the GT 850 with stainless.
Yes, there is that I suppose.
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