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Old 05-06-2012, 03:42 PM   #1
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Detailing..

Wow I have a lot of work ahead of me... I didn't know the stock ac compressor and power steering pump could polish to a mirror finish under 23yrs of weathering...





This isn't the finished product but I only lightly sanded and put a lil polish on.. Wish I could fast forward the next few hours this is gonna be a project... I am gonna go buy a dremel polishing tool kit to make it easier..
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:46 PM   #2
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youll be tearing the whole engine apart soon to polish everything! no for real, keep up the good work. its looking nice.
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Looks good!
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youll be tearing the whole engine apart soon to polish everything! no for real, keep up the good work. its looking nice.
Lol.. Yeah I'm about to pull the belt and remove the ac compressor and polish it in my cave.. That will give me more access to the power steering.. I just worked on the tensioner pulley some a lil more and should be nice but I new to dig out my dremel
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:16 PM   #5
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You may have to refill with refigerant when your done.
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It's not hooked up yet.. I still need the high side line I have half of it.. But in TX you need AC unless you want ball sweat on your seats lol..
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It's not hooked up yet.. I still need the high side line I have half of it.. But in TX you need AC unless you want ball sweat on your seats lol..
haha. we dont want that!
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:19 AM   #8
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Dude I want details.products,technique,how long,etc.....
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:10 AM   #9
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It's not hooked up yet.. I still need the high side line I have half of it.. But in TX you need AC unless you want ball sweat on your seats lol..
Gnarly dude, put down some towels until you get it fixed.


File or carefully grind down that casting flash to make it a smoother better looking finish.
Hey, you started this so let's do it right.


I have had good luck using an arbor for the die grinder or Dremel and cutting out circles of Scotchbrite and stacking them on until they almost form a ball when you tighten down the retaining screw. It cleans and polishes as it goes.


P.S. Dremel tools are ok, but they are so small you are limited in what you can do without spending an excessive amount of time doing it.
A Die Grinder is much more powerful and faster. Several years ago I found a cheap B&D for $35 at a Sears store.
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Once u get it sanded down smooth with 1000-1500 grit paper, use simichrome polish. That's how I do all my bikes. Power tools help, but nothing replaces elbows grease.
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Im gonna polish all wk.. It's gonna be very nice
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Im gonna polish all wk.. It's gonna be very nice
I have used 1500 and 2000 grit wet sand paper.. Sh*t loads of elbow grease.. Then I wipe clean and polish with mothers aluminum and mag polish..



This is the compressor now... When I get off work I'm going to buy some polishing fobs.. By fri.. Everything should look like I sent it off for powder coating
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So the upper intake will be coming off soon for a full hand polishing to chrome.. I might send it in for sand blasting though.. Will see I love making my car beautiful on a small budget
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I wanna polish my valve covers I have the stock aluminum ones.can I use a wire wheel to clean them up?
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I wanna polish my valve covers I have the stock aluminum ones.can I use a wire wheel to clean them up?
i have done that to my old stockers. if you use a non braided wire wheel it wheel do ok .it will not get them to a polish finish though.
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yea i didnt think so either but i figure maybe itll help at least get the old stuff off itll be a little bit less elbow grease. i havent polished anything before so im definetely interested.
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These are a couple methods I have done so far.. It's getting there but still far from done there are so many little spots it's time consuming but once your in the zone hrs fly by
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A half way pic..
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A half way pic..
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I'm almost done!!!
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Re: Detailing..

You're getting there.
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I'm almost done!!!
Hook a brother up ! You've been worken your azz off.
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Keep the pics coming! I'm really anxious to see an engine bay shot with the intake manifold, accessories and maybe the valve covers polished!
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Polished this in 15 mins
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Polished this in 15 mins
Becoming a professional! Keep up the good work man.
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I would of never thought to polish the TPS. Looks good!
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