How to remove rust from exhaust tips?

The exhaust tips on your car are one of the best ways to show off. Dual stainless steel or chrome dual mufflers are an instantly recognizable signature that will have people asking you what kind of vehicle it is. With so many different styles available, find something for every personality in this article from subtle man’s doors with just two pipes under them to loud out-front daddy truck hoods, there’s a sure right match no matter how much noise someone wants their ride sounding like.

Step 1: Cleaning the exhaust pipe with car shampoo and water

The first step to clean the exhaust tips is in getting a tarnished and corroded exhaust pipe that looks as good as new again is to wash off the superficial dirt with car shampoo. I use an old clean microfiber cloth or something similar, but if you don’t have one of these around then just make sure that what you are using cannot leave any residue on your paintwork since this will result in more work needed after cleaning has been done which isn’t ideal at all considering how easy it was up till now.

Step 2: Dry the exhaust off

You can now go ahead and use an old (clean) microfiber cloth or towel to dry off your exhaust. Make sure that the tips are fully dried before proceeding, as this will avoid any further damage from dirt getting on there while you work.

Step 3: Applying Exhaust / Metal Polish and start to use the steel wool

Metal polishing is not an easy task, but with some patience and care, you can get the job done. The best way to begin metal-polish your exhaust tips will be by applying Autosol directly onto them in order for it to soak into every inch of its surface area so that all parts are covered evenly, next take steel wool (or another suitable material) and rub against each section until spots start fading away or disappear completely.

Step 4: Buff clean

No older, dull tailpipes for me. I polished them with confidence and it paid off in spades all of the Autosol (or similar products) residue came right off on the microfiber cloth without leaving any oily or greasy marks behind that would have irritated my eyes while driving home. Just make sure you follow these steps exactly so your results will be just as expected: wet down one side of each tip until there’s about 1/2 inch (~12 mm) worth of liquid left inside both cups; then use another clean towel to wipe away excess moisture from around where they meet at their widest point.


If your exhaust tips are looking in a bad way, you will be able to bring them back to an excellent finish using the above method. However, if they are in REALLY bad shape and need more power than what can be provided with just elbow grease, it may be time for you to purchase a drill attachment that is designed specifically for polishing. This should help you get rid of any really tough spots or contamination on your exhaust tip so that it looks as good as new again.


Q. How to remove rust instantly?

A. You can use white vinegar to remove rust from metal objects. Just pour some of the liquid onto the rusted area and wait an hour or two before wiping away any residue that has appeared on your object’s surface, then you’re good as new.

Q. Why do exhaust tips get rust?

A. As you drive along a roadway, the moisture in your tires will eventually meet up with all sorts of crap that has been kicked up from beneath. This can cause rusting to be accelerated even further.

Q. Is it true that Lemon can be used to remove rust?

A. Lemon juice is a great way to get rid of rust. Here’s how you can do it: Sprinkle some coarse salt onto the rust, then add in about 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Make sure not to let them sit too long or else they might cause damage – but don’t worry because this extra strong solution will have your surface clean and smelling citrus fresh within no time at all.

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