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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Sep 26th, 09, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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Clean Aluminum Intake

Have an aluminum intake that I would like to clean up, what is the best approach to get it looking like new? Thanks!

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Re: Clean Aluminum Intake

Bead/glass blasting, I forget the grit but it can be made to look like new you just need the right material/pressure so you are cleaning the soft metal and not creating new pits.

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Re: Clean Aluminum Intake

I remember reading that Sea Foam works, anyone tried this?

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Re: Clean Aluminum Intake

I used etching mag cleaner, then painted with "cast aluminum" color paint. It was ugly with gas stains, etc. and turned out great.


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Re: Clean Aluminum Intake

Steve did you use any specific primer with that?
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Nope. Cleaned it, let it dry, sprayed it with multiple light coats and reinstalled it.

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The high temp cast aluminum engine paint is/was my method of operation!
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High temp ceramic aluminum paint is what I used..

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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old Sep 26th, 09, 10:28 PM
 
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I like the heater hose ends you used. Very clean looking.
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Re: Clean Aluminum Intake

I blasted my holley street dominator intake,then put on 3 to 4 wet coats of De-bears H.S 2k clear....I do it on alot of aluminium parts for customers,Looks great and lasts.Its also petrol resistant and the heat doesn' bother it......X2 on the heater hoses
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Re: Clean Aluminum Intake

I used mothers chrome/wire cleaner to clean my cast aluminum Edelbrock manifold. Edelbrock actually recommended it. My intake was fairly new, but a leaky water pump caused coolant to cover my intake forming rust spots everywhere. The chrome/wire wheel cleaner removed it all and left my manifold looking new again. Make sure you don't let the product come in contact with polished aluminum though.

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Re: Clean Aluminum Intake

I don't know if this is revelant or not, but....I work for the Coast Guard and they have recently banned the use of Simple Green on all of their aluminum hulled boats. Research has shown SG is detrimential to aluminum. Just passing on the information.

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I used mothers chrome/wire cleaner to clean my cast aluminum Edelbrock manifold. Edelbrock actually recommended it. .
Good call. The other one to use is EZ OFF oven cleaner. Works like a champ.
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Re: Clean Aluminum Intake

Does Edlebrock Paint their Intake Manifolds gray also?? Easy-off Cleans aluminum well.

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Does Edlebrock Paint their Intake Manifolds gray also?? Easy-off Cleans aluminum well.

They offer different coatings now, but the intake he is referring to is raw aluminum. Some guys paint them to keep them nice.

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