This is a not-so-great picture of what the main exhaust body looked like when I got it. Lots of scratches, flakes, dirt, and rust. My goal was to strip down to bare medal to get it ready for repainting. I started by using some chemical stripper to get the majority of the paint off.
The chemical stripper worked pretty well as you can see above. My plan was to use a couple of wire wheels on my Dremel to clean up the rest.
But it only took a matter of minutes for those little wire wheels to wear out.
I had definitely made some progress, but not as much as I'd hoped. I was going to have to buy a whole bunch of those little wire wheels if I was going to keep going down that road. Instead, I bought a couple of those spongy sanding blocks (a medium, and a coarse) and went at the rest by hand.
Two very tired arms later I ended up with this. I'm pretty happy with how clean and shiny I was able to get it. The dark spots are where rust had already pitted the medal quite a bit. These pictures don't show it, but the section nearest the engine is severely pitted. There are also some other dings and scratches that I couldn't quite sand out, but once painted I think the whole thing will look good. Better than it did before anyways. This isn't a show bike or anything. The Krud Kutter did a pretty good job of eating the rust off the surface. I would alternate the KK and sanding on the rusty bits until the rust was gone. I am now declaring the exhaust ready for paint.