Cleaning stainless pipes

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  1. doctor_big

    doctor_big It hurts when I fall down

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    Hey all,

    I've seen this toilet cleaner on YouTube called Harpic, which supposedly cleans headers up a treat.

    Problem is, it's not available in north America. Anyone know of a commercially available alternative?

    Thanks,
    Jason
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  2. VX Rider

    VX Rider Been here awhile

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    Barkeepers friend
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    Yamarocket630 Honey Badger

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    I've heard oven cleaner, but never tried it myself. YMMV
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  4. Richy

    Richy Been here awhile

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    If it's a brushed finish, I usually use Brillo pads.
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  5. Dyn Blin

    Dyn Blin Irn Bru Lover

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    ..and a non-metallic scrubbing pad, like Scotch-Brite Green.

    Keep in mind that if you're removing rust from Stainless Steel, it means the oxide layer of the stainless has been penetrated by chlorides from the road, or small bits of iron or carbon steel. An oxalic acid-based cleaner (like Barkeepers Friend) is removing that top protective oxide layer and contaminants. When you're done, make sure it's completely dry- go for a ride. Then park your ride in a protected area for a week or so while the protective oxide layer is restored through exposure to oxygen in the air.

    Then you'll have a new protective layer on the pipes that should last as long as the original.
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