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Valve covers need more help!!!

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Tacomasaurus Rex, May 15, 2020.

  1. May 15, 2020 at 1:08 PM
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    Tacomasaurus Rex

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    Power washed the valve covers and what I’ve got left still doesn’t look all that good. Any suggestions other than buying new ones? Thought about cleaning them with dotco and scotchbrite pad. Maybe buying buffing pad and some metal polish. Anyway I’m sure someone has the best way to make valve covers look good again!!! What are your suggestions?
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  2. May 19, 2020 at 12:39 PM
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    Rocketball

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    Have you tried using Purple Power cleaner with a stiff brush? Purple Power is a pretty potent degreaser and should get those cleaner than you currently have them. I'm not sure you'll ever get perfection. I believe those are cast aluminum, not machined, so the surface texture will not really have a high level of finish on them.
     
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  3. May 19, 2020 at 5:41 PM
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    Maybe spray paint/powder coat them? I've used VHT's wrinkle plus spray paint on my Honda's valve cover numerous times and it's worked very well.
     
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  4. May 20, 2020 at 6:47 AM
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    Well I originally started this thread in first generation forum... then restarted it here. I ended up buying some Rustoleum Rust Dissolver. Dotco sanded remaining mess off and painted them with 1200 degree high heat paint that didn’t require the unrealistic curing process. Look good enough and was affordable for a poor boy. This after rust dissolver....
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  5. May 20, 2020 at 6:47 AM
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    Dotco...
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  6. May 20, 2020 at 6:48 AM
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    Powdercoat would be my vote :thumbsup:
     
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  9. May 20, 2020 at 9:15 AM
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    Yup they are cast and exterior wise not that nice with all the pitting and rough unfinished surfaces. They look much better and I had to keep it cheap as possible.
     
  10. May 21, 2020 at 5:52 PM
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    Good job!!
     

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