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Polishing Engine Vent Covers by Jim_Martin29
Started on: 10-27-2013 02:11 AM
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Last post by: 1988holleyformula on 10-31-2013 05:16 PM
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Report this Post10-27-2013 02:11 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Jim_Martin29Send a Private Message to Jim_Martin29Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
The paint is wearing off the engine vent covers on my '86 GT. I notice the exposed metal shows no signs of corrosion. I thinking about striping and polishing the vent covers rather than painting or powder coating then.

Has anyone tried to strip and polish the vent covers?

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Report this Post10-27-2013 07:23 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Old LarSend a Private Message to Old LarEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I've had them sand blasted and repainted. They look like new.
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Report this Post10-27-2013 08:06 AM Click Here to See the Profile for olejoedadClick Here to Email olejoedadSend a Private Message to olejoedadEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
The engine vent covers are die cast aluminum. While they will polish up, the look will be mottled due to the casting process. The shine will not be uniform, like you would see on a wheel.
If you want a uniform finish, plating or powdercoating are your best options.
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Report this Post10-27-2013 08:27 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Macs86GTSend a Private Message to Macs86GTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I had mine powder coated and they look great, other then one or two bubbles on the side that faces the deck. They can be a pain in the ass to powder coat due to the way they are cast. It took the place that did mine 3 attempts to get them where they are. They look just as good today as when they were done 5 years ago.
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I painted mine gloss black when I was painting some other parts, and had a full cup of paint in my paint gun. They came out very nice.
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Hes right. The castings color is not uniform...has random discoloring and would look bad just polished.
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Originally posted by Jim_Martin29:

The paint is wearing off the engine vent covers on my '86 GT. I notice the exposed metal shows no signs of corrosion. I thinking about striping and polishing the vent covers rather than painting or powder coating then.

Has anyone tried to strip and polish the vent covers?

Save yourself some work. A member on here was making stainless vents with custom designs on them. I got one with the pegasus design for under 30 bucks about a year ago. Plug & play and no polishing whatsoever.

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Report this Post10-31-2013 02:49 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Jim_Martin29Send a Private Message to Jim_Martin29Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thanks guys, I appreciate the input. All good information

 
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Save yourself some work. A member on here was making stainless vents with custom designs on them. I got one with the pegasus design for under 30 bucks about a year ago. Plug & play and no polishing whatsoever.

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Is there a link to this person or to the discussion on Pennocks?

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Thanks guys, I appreciate the input. All good information

Is there a link to this person or to the discussion on Pennocks?

Thanks


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