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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 18th, 00, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Just got a free pair of Mickey Tom son valve covers. These are aluminum. They need to be
restored. Someone told me to bead blast them. Will this work or should I use paint remover on
them? I want to take all the paint off and repaint and polish out the none painted parts. Anyone
have any suggestions. Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 18th, 00, 05:37 PM
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I think paint remover would be best. Blasting may cause you to have to do a lot more polishing.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 18th, 00, 09:58 PM
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Be carefull with some of the removers, some tarnish or stain the metal. I have used some that have tarnished it so bad that I had to blast afterwards to remove it.

I think you have to use a different kind of media for aluminum in blasting. I made this mistake too, and ended up sanding them by hand with a fine sandpaper.Good luck
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 18th, 00, 11:21 PM
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If you are determined to blast them, use baking soda if you have the equipment. If you don't, pay someone that has the equipment. It won't cost a huge amount and you will thank yourself for not using another medium.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 00, 05:06 AM
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Bead blasting is basically a petroleum by-product and will leave an oily type film that has to be cleaned off. I would recommend another process.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 00, 06:02 AM
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Have them dipped at a radiator shop. The solvents they use at most engine shops will eat up aluminum. The stuff at radiator shops will eat the paint off without damaging the metal.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 00, 06:04 AM
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I believe the water soluable paint removing gels are safe for soft metals. But PLEASE read the caution labels. Some will tell you not to use on aluminum. Also check for an 800 number on the can when youre at the store. write it down and call if you have questions about what its safe to use on.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 00, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Ok guys, hear is what I found out. On may way to my wife's job to take her out to lunch I seen a
business that said aluminum Polishing. I stopped and asked what I could use to strip the valve
covers. They said to use Air Craft Stripper. Makes sence since most airplanes are made from
Aluminum. He showed me a can of it. Said it will cost about 12$$ a can. Then on the aluminum
that I want to shine just use 1000 grit then polish. Thanks for all the comments.
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