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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 01, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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What is good for cleaning aluminum intakes?
Especially to get into the pores. Is there anything I can use that I can spray on and wash off?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 01, 11:21 AM
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I have never done this myself, but I have heard on this board that you can use Easy-off oven cleaner to clean the manifold..
Just wait and watch for further replies to either support or reject this theory..

If is it just a small area, I use the spray carb cleaner and a rag as it seems to work real well. This method, I have done before!



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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 01, 11:39 AM
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Carbrite makes a cleaner called DREADED RED
that works pretty good spray it on dry let it soak hose it off if its really dirty it might take a couple of applications.it can be bought by the gallon for like $5.00
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 01, 11:44 AM
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Purlple Power works great on aluminum and chrome. Just don't get it on any polished aluminum surfaces, as it will dull them.

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 01, 05:04 PM
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Bead blasting is the best.

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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 01, 05:36 PM
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Bead blasting changes the casting finish, I've had good luck with Permatex naval jelly
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 01, 04:28 AM
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You might want to check out Eastwood Company. They seem to have a compounds for every problem that challenge each us with our vehicles. They are costly, but their products WORK! Good Luck!
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 01, 05:02 AM
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Elbow grease and the 3M/ Norton type scotch pads made for rotary tools. Eventually will bring the skin back to a factory finish
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 01, 05:53 AM
 
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I've had great luck with Eagle One cast aluminum wheel cleaner. You can get it at any parts store. I don't care much for glass beading because it changes the color or apperance of the intake. Use the eagle one, apair of gloves and a small tooth brush sized brass brush. Make sure you get the cleaner for cast wheels, not clear coated wheels. They make both. Hope this helps.

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 01, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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THANKS GUYS!!! for all the replies, well if one method does not work, I at least have several alternatives to choose from. This is such a great site, the experiences of everyone here sure is a great asset to us all

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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 01, 09:10 AM
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have it blasted with nut shells,it will give it a nice original sheen and wont damage the alum.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 01, 06:24 PM
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Don't leave oven cleaner on very long or it will eat the aluminum. Cast aluminum wheel cleaner works good and then scrub it in warm water with dishwashing liquid with a green scotchbrite pad. I like the idea of blasting with Walnut sheels but you might not have access to that.
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