Someone parked next to my bike and must have accidentally melted a plastic bag or something of that kind on my pipes… It’s rock hard plastic and can’t simply be washed off the chrome. So what do we do? Well, here’s what I tried and what worked and what didn’t. I’m sure others have better solutions to this than I have, but this is a log of some sort of what worked and didn’t work in my case.
Someone left a fucking Picasso on my pipes!
Suggestion 1: (Did not work…)
“Use the finest grade of steel wool together with WD-40 as lubricant and try to rub it off”.
This didn’t work at all. The plastic was way too thick for fine steel wool to do anything.
Suggestion 2: (Did not work…)
“Use an oven cleaner called Ezy-Off on a damp cloth and rub it all off”.
The plastic is way too thick for this to work. I’ve heard others had success with this method if the plastic is thinner. Didn’t work in my case though.
Suggestion 3: (Didn’t try this one)
“Use acetone on a rag in a well ventilated area and go to work on the pipes”.
I didn’t try this. But if you do, please be careful as this is poison.
I rode my bike for about an hour to get the pipes really hot. The plastic gets a little bit less hard and easier to work with that way. I then proceeded to peel of the plastic with a metal object. I think a piece of hard plastic that doesn’t melt would be better though as metal to metal leaves scratches. After getting the majority of the plastic off I tried Cillit Bang oven cleaner (marketed as Ezy-Off in USA?) on a rag and tried to rub of the smaller pieces. Although not perfect, this worked pretty well. Riding the pipes real hot first really made the difference. Just be careful and don’t burn yourself and don’t use a microfiber cloth as I’ve heard they melt like plastic on your pipes and you end up worse off than when you started.