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Message started by Nightrain on 02/21/05 at 11:25:24

Title: how to remove melted plastic
Post by Nightrain on 02/21/05 at 11:25:24

Any ideas how remove melted plastic from my exhaust header. I tried all kinds of chemicals, chrome cleaner & I even tried heating it up and scraping it off. Nothing seems to work.

Subject title edited by Susan 2/21/05

Title: Re: how to ?
Post by Michael on 02/21/05 at 12:16:32


Easy off oven cleaner will make it slide off no prob......heat up engine, then let cool for a few minutes..spray on, making sure to shield paint and any other part of the bike with newspaper, as this stuff is corrosive.....
.after a few hours the crud will slide right off....what doesn't, should with a second treatment....I used a popsicle stick as a scraper, as the soft wood will not marr the chrome..WEAR RUBBER GLOVES AS THIS STUFF BURNS LIKE HE**

.I managed to get melted rubber, nylon and plastic off my exhaust, in a jiffy, using this method, when i thought i would never get it off.....tried everything, and then read that tip, on this forum. It really works......good luck, and let us know how it goes..............cheeres


Title: Re: how to ?
Post by Nightrain on 02/21/05 at 13:03:54

Never thought to use oven cleaner. Probably becuause in my 31 years, I dont think I've ever cleaned an oven. Except for the toaster oven. I'll give it a try.

Muchas Gracias  :)

Title: Re: how to remove melted plastic
Post by Greg_650 on 07/15/05 at 11:03:35

Okay.  I've heard of all these cleaners and polishes.  I've known people to even use abrasives, because people always think it takes something special.  But the way to remove anything melted on your pipe is possibly already in your toolbox

A simple single edge razor blade!

"Nuf said?  No?  Okay.  Hold the razor against the chrome at an angle nearly equal to the sharp edge on the blade (10 degrees or so?)  Not parallel anyway.  Now scrape lightly on the edge of the melted gunk and watch it come right off.

The fine hard edge on the razor blade will cut the stuff off the chrome and because you have it at such a shallow angle it won't scratch the chrome.  Finish the job with a cleaner wax and ride....

Title: Re: how to remove melted plastic
Post by SavageBiker on 03/29/06 at 18:29:45

I forgot where I read about it but using a nickel (yes, a $0.05 coin) on a hot exhaust will remove shoe rubber and just about anything else that you unintentionally melted on your bike.

At first I didn't believe it but I tried everything else and nothing worked so I had nothing to lose.  Apparently, the metal in the coin is softer than the chrome so it doesn't scratch.  Worked like a charm for me - it even removed burnt on dress pants that were scortched when I filled up on my way home from work one day.  

Oh yeah, be careful not to get burned by the exhaust or the nickel, the coin heats up quickly.

Title: Re: how to remove melted plastic
Post by Homey237 on 06/05/07 at 13:38:59

After trying Flitz, Brasso, oven cleaner, paint stripper that really did a marginal job and took a lot of time doing I used my "propane" hobby torch and a "copper" scrubber (similar to steel wool pads).  Heating it from the outside was easier than heating up the exhaust by running the bike.  When the melted material got soft I ran the copper scrub pad along the melted material and it "grabbed" the material and hung on to it.

Make sure you rotate the pad a bit so the trapped material doesn't get melted back on to the exhaust.

Title: Re: how to remove melted plastic
Post by vtail on 08/18/07 at 14:22:56

try laquer thinner :)

Title: Re: how to remove melted plastic
Post by youzguyz on 12/31/07 at 09:48:46

I just "did it" again, and melted my rain pants.  >:(  Fortunately el cheapo's.
So, decided to try something new.  Faultless Hot Iron Cleaner.  Worked great on the heat shield and the muffler!   :D

Title: Re: how to remove melted plastic
Post by Dee on 09/23/08 at 17:57:33

I Had a plastic grocery store bag blow into my hot pipe.....what a mess!!  After trying many things, we used a torch to heat the pipe (which was still hot) and used a rag to rub off the plastic as it remelted....looks like new & was fast and easy!!!!

Title: Re: how to remove melted plastic
Post by bluesavage218 on 11/24/08 at 17:53:00

I've heard that this stuff called Blue Job which is a chrome polish that removes blueing is supposed to take stuff like melted plastic off. You give that a try.

Title: Re: how to remove melted plastic
Post by vtail on 12/20/08 at 13:45:11

Correct blue job works magic, but plastics removes easer with easy-off ovencleaner on a hot pipe, let sit 20 minutes and wipe off. See and tip of the week

Title: Re: how to remove melted plastic
Post by yvrsavage on 02/03/09 at 23:22:36

I got melted plastic on my Savage the other day. Used a propane torch lightly heat it and use a wire brush to brush it off.  After cooling I use steel wool with metal polish .Wipe with rag after wards , just like new.  

Title: Re: how to remove melted plastic
Post by Digger on 02/11/09 at 19:47:46

54757B743158797A1C0 wrote:
I have the same problem. get this I called the HD dealer in the area and he said they have a "secret" and "he couldn't tell me or he could loose his job". LMAO I think I'll try the Easy-Off. I'll let you know how it works.

The Easy-Off worked good for me.  I was told to use the cold-oven formula:

Easy-Off Fume Free Max (

I don't have any experience with any other variety of Easy-Off, all I can say is that the one in this link worked fine for me.

Title: Re: how to remove melted plastic
Post by eanon on 02/14/09 at 09:28:30

Everyone has a magic method they use, but I thought I would back up one I saw already posted, as I know it works.  The nickel.  Yup.  I used a pair of vise grips to hold it, as, yeah, it does get hot.  But it works like a charm and doesn't scratch the chrome.  Best part about it?  Costs 5 cents. ;)

Title: Re: how to remove melted plastic
Post by ODSavage on 08/04/09 at 09:58:30

I used a single edge razor myself and it worked just fine. If it happens again I will try the nickel trick.

Title: Re: how to remove melted plastic
Post by guidosguitarlounge on 08/15/09 at 18:50:17

try the MR. CLEAN MAGIC ERASER.  in your supermarket...

just wet it with water and elbow grease.  8-)


Title: Re: how to remove melted plastic
Post by Joe F on 11/09/10 at 19:17:44

There is a good video on youtube where Cruiser Customizing shows how to clean off melted plastic with oven cleaner.   Search on google for cruiser customizing oven cleaner to find the YouTube video. » Powered by YaBB 2.2!
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