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Old 12-06-2010, 08:52 PM   #11
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That looks purdy.
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You might get close with paints but you'll never get the mirror like finish of polished aluminum.

Here'* some stuff I did the hard way..

For the most part it'* sand paper from 220 to 2000 then aluminum polish with a buffing wheel and a dremel with strips of different sand paper for the tight spots. No wet sanding or compounds.





(This pan is stamped steel.. fml)





Polishing stuff is heartbreaking.. Out of all that, the master cylinder got brake fluid on it and messed up the clear powder coat. The wheels got the clear powder coat nicked and started to spiderweb oxidize under. That alt cover started to do the same. And that stamped steel pan started to rust in tiny little spots under the clear. Steel is workk to polish too.

I opted to get stuff powder coated clear since it will take heat and not yellow.. and I know I don't really feel like repolishing crap every season. So much for that.

I still haven't given up though. I'm going to give Zoop sealer a try. When I first looked into it there were a lot of negative forum responces. More recently I think people actually followed the directions and have had success with it.
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Wow all of that looks really nice. You've got show car qaulity pieces there. However im not sure i have the time for such an extensive job as that. Just lookin to spruce up the bay a little bit.
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^^ mine before it went in the car, it was out and needed cleaning so we painted it to make it all purty as well... crappy tanish color was nasty, now it looks great *Silver Engine Enamel*
Agreed paint goes along way, but it doesn't look as good as hours of dedicated polishing and coating.
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Old 12-07-2010, 12:25 PM   #15
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That does look nice, just need to loose the icky stock black vacuum lines.
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That does look nice, just need to loose the icky stock black vacuum lines.
Thought about that... would be nice to accent the rest in red
Taken before the 1st engine spun a bearing... looks good but red hoses would accent nicely... silicon hoses work or would i need something stouter? I used silicon hoses on my miata years ago, but they flattened out on vacuum side and started causing problems, looked great, functionality not so good
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I have silicone, the only one that flattened out was the brake booster. So I went back to stock for that and covered it with braided stainless.
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I took a different approach. Since corrosion is such a pain, paint of some sort was on my list. I also wanted to keep people from seeing imperfections. And it helped me hide a lot of stuff in the engine bay.

Wrinkle paint.


There is an intercooler under that charger.
Where did you get that wrinkle paint?
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Anymore most autoparts stores have it, in multiple colors and styles
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