|Me, Andy and Alex taking cover from the rain on the Top Gear Mountain road.|
|Caterham R500 Catalytic Converter looking a bit of a mess after plastic removed.|
|Steel and Stainless Steel Polishing Kit.|
|Steel Polishing Mops and Compounds.|
|Caterham R500 Standard Silencer and Catalytic Converter ready for polishing.|
Close up picture of cat below. As you can see there is quite a lot of tarnish on there from the heat which is fine, but where the plastic stuck to the cat you can see the tarnish has been removed and it just looks a little unpleasant.
|Close up picture of my catalytic converter looking a bit sorry for itself.|
At first I thought it would be ok to use the softest fishing mop, but I quickly found that the hardest mop (called a sisal mop) and the grey compound worked quickest. Sometimes it's worth following the instructions! However, the hardest mop did look very abrasive, hence my apprehension to use it straight away. It took a good hour or so to get all the tarnish off as you can see in the picture below. The instructions suggested spending the most time on stage one, then less on stage two and stage three would be fairly quick.
|Caterham R500 Catalytic Converter at first stage of polishing after using Sisal Mop and Grey Compound.|
|Caterham R500 Catalytic Converter at middle stage of polishing after using Firm Mop and Pink Compound.|
|Caterham R500 Catalytic Converter polished after using final Soft Mop and Blue Compound.|
|R500 Silencer and Catalytic Converter looking nice and shiny... again!|
|Freshly polished silencer and catalytic converter refitted to my Caterham R500.|
The question I'm left with now... Does this make me a 'polisher' :-( ???