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cleaning ceramic headers before start-up

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putting new sanderson ceramic coated headers on. what is the best thing to clean all the fingermarks etc off of them before firing up?

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Headers cleaning

I would use something very delicate as newly coated headers are delicate.I would use things like simplegreen or greased lightening.They both seem to work fine on my coated headers.
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I like the Blue Away that Speedway has to cleanm them with and then use thier Simichrome Polish to shine them up.
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here is a great tip

put a heavy plastic bag (i used the one they gave me) over the header before putting it in. the plastic will take the brunt of the damage that happens when installing headers. i did this, and not a single scratch on mine.
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Too late for that!! I already have them on,but havent started car yet--still have to wire it. good tip though
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Question, is this a brand new engine that has never been fired or are you just changing a few things??
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Too late for that!! I already have them on,but havent started car yet--still have to wire it. good tip though
Remove the ceramic headers and install anything you've got on hand for the initial startup. After the engine has been tuned and the carb adjusted, THEN you can re-install the ceramic headers.

The reason for all this is simple. If the timing is retarded on initial startup the shiny finish of the ceramic headers will turn a dull look that can not be shined up. You will be very disappointed if this occurs. I messed up a set of ceramic blockhuggers on my '28 Ford pickup after installing a new engine. I didn't repeat this mistake when firing up the new engine in my '30 Ford Coupe and the ceramic coated Lake style headers on that engine look great.

As to cleaning them after installing and before starting the engine; I used alcohol on mine and it removed any fingerprints or oil easily.
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This engine was ran on a stand for 1/2 hr -maybe 45 min for cam break in right now the timing is set at 16* and carb was adjusted-- all I should have to do is maybe set timing back a little and adj the idle
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This engine was ran on a stand for 1/2 hr -maybe 45 min for cam break in right now the timing is set at 16* and carb was adjusted-- all I should have to do is maybe set timing back a little and adj the idle
Your previous post stated that you had not started it yet.

This post sounds like you are good to go. ENJOY!!!
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I e-mailed sanderson and they said OK to go also. I forgot to ask them what they recomend to get rid of fingermarks and such Thats why I was wondering what everyone else uses,I dont want to wipe them down with something that might have a negative effect on the ceramic
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