Arrrgggg...I recently had her entire heel burned into my CARBON pipes. So no cleaners or anything..didn't wanna risk ruining the cans. So I waited and let it cool down fully for a few days. The put freezing water on it, and it peeled off rather easily. I hope you have an easy time like I did. Good luck..
I melted a rain suit on to my pipes once. The only solution I could come up with, ignore it and keep riding (I was in the middle of a cross country ride). By the time I got back home, I had forgot about it. Never noticed it after that.
Place a small plastic bag full of ice and water on the pipe (obviously when the bike is already cool) then try some combination of plastic implements and your fingernails after allowing some time for the plastic to get nice and brittle.
Or, before you try anything else... Get yourself a clean, white cottong rag (must be 100% cotton). Go out for a short, fast ride. Imediatly after you park the bike, with the engine still running, carefully wife off the offending plastic. If that doesn't give satisfactory results you can try some of the other methods mentioned here. However, you may find that this gets everything off except a slight haze, which you can easily remove w/ Semichrome polish.
Holeshot performance sells a polish called Metal Mix that works really well. I got tar on the stainless head pipes on my Bandit and after getting the tar off the Metal Mix got the stain off and shined'em right up.
If her shoe soles were black rubber (it feels like warm tar when hot) then when the pipes are warm you can gently remove it with a cotton cloth and "Goo Be Gone". If the shoe soles were white, or some other color, the residue usually becomes very hard after being baked on to the pipe. Get a high quality chrome polish such as "Turtle Wax Chrome Polish", with no abrasives. Use a 100% cotton cloth to gently massage off the residue, working small dime size sections at a time. If you do it with most other cleaners or cloths it will put scratches in the chrome. Take time to do it right & it will be ok. I learned the hard way.
I have gotten quite a bit of that Shiite off my pipe, usually use Flitz, a metal polish, but that is starting to wear off the chrome. The best idea I have tried is to wipe it off while very hot, using a clean white rag. Oven cleaner cautions against using on chrome, so I never tried it. Best of luck. Clem.
I have removed bootheel rubbers and plastics from exhaust pipes with steel wool, in the 0000 (four ought) grade. It takes some elbow grease, so it helps if you warm up the pipes a bit first. I'd recommend wearing some heavy welding gloves while you do this.
It's what they use at the local Harley dealership to polish chrome all the time. (I have a buddy who was a detailer for them for a while.)
By the way, this also works great on aluminum and stainless to repolish it. Don't use it on brushed, though, or you'll have to do the whole piece and turn it polished. If you're really pedantic, you might wish to use stainless steel wool on your stainless steels. It's what I use on the TIG stuff at work to make it all nice and shiny.
"I'm kinda bummed, but think that I should keep her."
The wife, that is? LOL
Sorry, just couldn't resist it...
Personally I get lots of things burn on my Suzuki DRZ400S exhaust. Recently I had a full large size sunlotion protective (and VERY smelly) cream on it. Had a nice scent to it all throughout the 2-days trip ;-)
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