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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Sep 14th, 13, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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aluminum intake

is there any way to clean a crappy looking aluminum intake on the car
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 13, 12:10 AM
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Re: aluminum intake

Other than Gumout and a toothbrush, probably not.

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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 13, 09:02 AM
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I have used carb cleaner with a brush and a rag. Be careful though because the carb cleaner takes paint off of everything.
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Re: aluminum intake

I tried several cleaners and a stiff brush which helped some but not enough to look like new. I sold it and bought a new one. Here is a before and after.
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Re: aluminum intake

tape, cast blast, and clearcoat

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Re: aluminum intake

I used some Napa brand aluminum cleaner and a brush. Worked like a charm!

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Re: aluminum intake

Do it right and pull it off the engine. Replace it with a nice pretty one or get it hot tanked and cleaned thoroughly.
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robs6t8 came out really nice, even salvaged the usa sticker
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robs6t8 came out really nice, even salvaged the usa sticker
Thats actually a new one He bought..He has the cash!! Looks better than one thats been bead blasted. Great job!!

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Thats actually a new one He bought..He has the cash!! Looks better than one thats been bead blasted. Great job!!
Funny Jon! I ran out of money right before I could buy a new one though.
Go with the NAPA cleaner. But as stated above , do take it off completely.
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just wondering. would there be an advantage to having the intake powder coated or ceramic coated
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just wondering. would there be an advantage to having the intake powder coated or ceramic coated
Thats actually a great Idea! We have a local powder coating shop I will ask them what they can do on that. Or what method they could try, I have a Holley intake I may do some experimenting..

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Re: aluminum intake

I used some etching aluminum wheel cleaner on my Edelbrock Performer a few years ago when it was off the car. It looked pretty good. I'm thinking about taking it off and cleaning it again this winter.

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Re: aluminum intake

Old school; tried and true method for old carbs, bellhousings inlet manifolds.. all sorts of stuff
1/ get it clean ie no crap gunge etc on it.. water blast, solvents whatever u like
2/ head into the kitchen spi9ce cupboard for bthe packet of citric acid... a bowl of warnm water dissolve a couple spoon fulls
3/ paint the soln onto the Aluminum item and keep damp for the nest few hours depending on how oxidised the surface is...
Wash off the powder coat, clear paint caduim coat what ever u like

With rough surfice (cast) items like valley covers.. while keeping moist a quite brush with a bass wire brush helps if badly oxised

I originally picked this 'trick' up from a professio0nal; carb rebuilder back in the early 70s ... and always used it since then for carbs, to Aluminum vintage ( eg Jowett) engine blocks

Other bthjan taking a quick brake from mowing the lawns or what ever to give the item a quick brush... definitely not labour intensive.

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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old Sep 25th, 13, 04:33 AM
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Re: aluminum intake

Have it soda blasted. I have also used Aluminum header paint . . . .give a natural look and is flat.
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