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I was hoping to polish my throttle body, intake manifold, stock turbo assembly area and a few other underhood parts. What would be the best method to go about this? I was talking with some Motorcycle guys locally who suggested a wet sand technique and showed some results on their bikes. It did look great and I got a general run down of how to do it but any suggestions or details on the procedure? I know you can use some power tools for this purpose as well, but I don't have acess to too much. Let me know any suggestions or help here. Thanks!
 

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You can buy an electric sander/grinder from DeWalt. It's a 90degree angle tool. There are also discs you buy with an attachment, they resemble really rough brillo pads if you will, not SOS pads. Those work really well for taking off the initial gritty layer. I am doing my valve cover as well. I'd do my intake manifold but I don't find myself comfortable enough to take that off by myself yet.

As far as the turbo piping, well I tried taking that off one day as well but found out you had to remove the entire spider that lays overtop, so I put it back together.

Most important thing I suggest is to use a pair of goggles and a breather when polishing. And to make sure you get all the pits out, or else your hard work will become blemished by them as they will show.
 
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Adrocktt said:
I was hoping to polish my throttle body, intake manifold, stock turbo assembly area and a few other underhood parts. What would be the best method to go about this? I was talking with some Motorcycle guys locally who suggested a wet sand technique and showed some results on their bikes. It did look great and I got a general run down of how to do it but any suggestions or details on the procedure? I know you can use some power tools for this purpose as well, but I don't have acess to too much. Let me know any suggestions or help here. Thanks!
Your stock turbo assembly?

Weren't you going single Adam?

And oh, reply to my mail damnit:D
 

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Your stock turbo assembly?

Weren't you going single Adam?

And oh, reply to my mail damnit:D
I am doing all the package work on Monday night. I'll have it all put together for you then and sent to you. I am going single this summer, just need the funds. I want to polish items under the hood in the mean time if I have a spare Saturday.

Adam
 

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Hua said:
You can buy an electric sander/grinder from DeWalt. It's a 90degree angle tool. There are also discs you buy with an attachment, they resemble really rough brillo pads if you will, not SOS pads. Those work really well for taking off the initial gritty layer. I am doing my valve cover as well. I'd do my intake manifold but I don't find myself comfortable enough to take that off by myself yet.

As far as the turbo piping, well I tried taking that off one day as well but found out you had to remove the entire spider that lays overtop, so I put it back together.

Most important thing I suggest is to use a pair of goggles and a breather when polishing. And to make sure you get all the pits out, or else your hard work will become blemished by them as they will show.
Thanks Hua, anyone else have any advice? Can't I just do this with a wet sand by hand? Thanks

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You can do it all by hand, but it'll take you about 3 days for the intake manifold.

Wet sanding is done on the last step with 1500-2000 grit.
 
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Umm...

Adrock,

I am a "bike guy" and have polished many bikes. While the polish looks awesome, it a REAL pain to keep nice and shiny.....so do yourself a favor and:

1) If you polish it, get it powder coated with CLEAR powder coating..it will always look as good as the day you did it.

2) If you don't want to waste your time polishing it, get it powder coated CHROME(like). Looks as nice and shiny as a polish job and is extremely durable.

If this car is your "keeper", spend the extra few bucks..you won't regret it...
 

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R*Rocket said:
Adrock,

I am a "bike guy" and have polished many bikes. While the polish looks awesome, it a REAL pain to keep nice and shiny.....so do yourself a favor and:

1) If you polish it, get it powder coated with CLEAR powder coating..it will always look as good as the day you did it.

2) If you don't want to waste your time polishing it, get it powder coated CHROME(like). Looks as nice and shiny as a polish job and is extremely durable.

If this car is your "keeper", spend the extra few bucks..you won't regret it...
Any suggestions on places to do poweder coating chrome like? I would really appreciate the help!

Adam
 

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Anodizing

I know there's a recent post on anodizing, but i thought i would post this in here as well.
Has anyone ever anodized anything like adrocktt is talking about, i.e. TB, valve cover, intake manifold, p.s. reservoir? I have easy access to get anything i want anodized any color i want, and was wondering what this would look like (i've never seen anything bigger than a greddy BOV anodized). Anybody have any pics of something rather large anodized?

How would this stand up to heat and any drawback?
 
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