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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Nov 2nd, 16, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Question Header vs. micro fiber towel

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Yesterday I was tuning my carburetor and had a micro fiber towel laying over my valve cover. Well long story short the towel slid down on my nice jet hot coated headers. Now, I have a nice micro fiber towel that is missing a large section that is burnt on my headers. Does anyone have any suggestions on removing the burnt area? I know about stainless steel wool pads, but how do I get the majority of the rag goo off the header tube so I can use the wool pad to polish the tube back out.

Do I need to let the car run so the headers heat back up, and if so what do I use then to remove the nice goo while its hot, and that wont melt or scratch the headers.

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Re: Header vs. micro fiber towel

John, I believe that micro towel is basically like plastic and when it melts, you will probably have a big black blob on the pipe.

Just wonder if once its cooled down or cold, that you might scrape some but your coating concerns me, If its a stainless , and the blob has been removed, I just wounder what heavy scotch brite or emory cloth would do.

That's all I can think of at the moment. You may have to live with it, unless you want to remove the header and have it re-coated.

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Re: Header vs. micro fiber towel

Thanks for the reply Don. I'm going to work on it when I get home. I'll try seeing if I can get the majority of the black blob off with a plastic scraper. Leaving it is not an option....to anal for that....lol

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Re: Header vs. micro fiber towel

I would try to get a piece of tubing made of the same material and recreate your mess. That would be a better way to experiment with cleaning.

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Re: Header vs. micro fiber towel

Hit with Goof Off or Goo Gone and a plastic scraper. Heat will probably make things worse. If you want to try heat just use a heat gun or hair dryer. No need to run the engine just to heat it up.

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Re: Header vs. micro fiber towel

You can try heating up the header tube with a heat shrink gun and wiping as much off as you can. Spray on oven cleaner with the heat can help as well. Ceramic coating can be polished with polishing compound, it can even be wet sanded with very fine grit sand paper and then polished, but that will leave the area polished looking smoother and shinier then the areas adjacent to it, unless you polish all of the header tubes.

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Have you tried acetone or Xylol? They just might dissolve the mess without scrapping.


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Re: Header vs. micro fiber towel

Dry Ice ?

I would call the header Mfg and see what they would suggest.
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Re: Header vs. micro fiber towel

Not sure if it would remove it but it will not hurt the finish & worth a try. BTW I agree with Doug. Call Jet Hot they have a great support team.

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I agree that calling the manufacturer is the best place to start. I'd use a mild polishing compound like one uses to polish a car's paint finish. Use a polishing wheel (felt?) on an electric drill if you don't have a polisher or if the polisher's wheel is too large and start with the least abrasive polish and work up to find one that actually removes the burned spot. I'd think that the burned-on towel is only on the surface of the finish and you'll remove that first before getting down to the actual finish itself and thus you won't burn through or damage the finish on the header. I can't see how the burned-on towel could actually get into the porcelin finish so it should just be on top. This could take a lot of time, but I bet it would work.
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Re: Header vs. micro fiber towel

I removed some of the "Blob" from the header tubes last night. I warmed the motor up and took a cotton rag and wiped some of the mess off the tubes. I will call jet hot tomorrow and ask them how I should proceed. I'm thinking if I can get the majority of the black mess off the tubes I can polish the rest out with mothers polish or something equivalent.

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Re: Header vs. micro fiber towel

Just best to be safe since coated headers aren't cheap and being you're "picky"

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