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Old 10-27-2003, 08:51 PM
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Cleaing Aluminum Valve Covers

I have a set of mickey thompson aluminum valve covers and am not sure how to clean them up. They have some very well caked on dirt and grime that wont wipe out at all.

Is there a product made just for cleaning aluminum and what is the proper way to clean these things off. Thx

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Old 10-28-2003, 08:34 AM
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Bead blasting and/or chemical cleaning might be the best bet if they're that dirty. Brake cleaner in an aerosol will clean it off. SIMPLE GREEN and some effort may work. Laquer thinner or denatured alcohol will remove most anything. If you chose these flammable liquid methods, use them in a well ventilated area away from ANY flame such as a gas/propane furnace or water heater. Use eye and hand protection and avoid prolonged breathing of fumes. If none of these home brews works, check into professional services available.
Another possibility is aluminum wheel cleaner, but check to make sure it is for clear coated wheels so it will not acid etch the finish...unless you plan to paint or polish the covers afterwards.
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Old 10-28-2003, 09:47 AM
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I've used Mothers mag and wheel polish,also Blue Magic metal polish cream with pretty good results.
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I use Mother's mag on my tall Edelbrock aluminum covers. I'm quite happy with the results, and have had many compliments on them, and the price isn't too bad for any Mothers products. They are actually a major sponsor for cruise nights at a lot of Canadian Tire stores.
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believe it or not

use oven cleaner dude. that stuff works all kinds
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What ever you use, read the can first!! I tried to clean up some aluminum parts with Castrol Superclean and it clouded the aluminum. I read the back of the container and it said "not for use on aluminum." Naval jelly will strip ANYTHING off aluminum and not mess it up.




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That's good advice about any product...read the label...oven cleaner will etch the aluminum quickly if left on to long, also.
I've used it to remove the anodizing off of red/blue EARL'S or AEROQUIP fittings. It's a chance you take when you use home remedies.
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Old 10-29-2003, 01:09 PM
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Be cautious of oven cleaner. If the aluminum has been clear anodized the oven cleaner will strip the anodize off.

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In my case, I wanted to remove the anodizing on the AN fittings...I hate the look of the red and blue anodizing. I use the oven cleaner to remove the finish, then polish the fittings and ends with a buffer. Oven cleaner is very caustic to aluminum if left on more than about 5 minutes.
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Old 10-30-2003, 08:03 AM
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oven cleaner on aluminum

Thanks for the hint. I have high finned aluminum valve covers I want to clean up. Was wondering how I would get the rest of the paint off. I will try it. Again thanks. Just a thought but what if we had a thread with just hints to help other rodders? Probably wouldn't work right??




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