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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 02, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Should I glass bead blast my cylinder heads or use aluminum oxide. Rust is not the problem, I just want to get them clean and ready for painting. Also is it safe to blast inside the combustion chamber to get rid of the carbon and to get the gaskets off of the gasket surfaces? I have a big blasting cabinet and I'd be doing all this myself, are there any tips you guys know that I should be aware of?

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 02, 03:59 PM
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I don't see a problem with it. Pistons are glass beaded all the time.
I have a pair of heads that have been beeded several times, no problems.

Make sure you get all the beads out and put tape over ALL the water passages. No sense getting glass bead inside there...

I'd scrape as much gasket off as possible befor blasting. I don't think bead blasting is real good at removing gasket material and if you have to blast excessively to remove the gasket material it may wear the head.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 02, 04:42 PM
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Bead blasting was the standard in cleaning parts until about 20 years ago. Since then, ovens and better chemicals have become more common. As long as you don't stay in one spot there is little chance of damaging anything and beads will remove anything to be found. Cleaning bolt holes and the water passages can be challanging and may require several cycles of cleaning. An air source and blow nozzle are helpful also (be sure to wear safety glasses).

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