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Old 01-28-2007, 09:10 PM
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Cleaning an Intake

I have an Edelbrock Performer Intake that is about 8 years old. It has started to turn a dull yellowish color. I am rebuilding my SBC 350, and would like to freshen up the way it looks. Anyone have any suggestions on how to breath new life in to it?
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Bead-blast it!

Bead blasting will do the job.
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Anybody have a good idea what to seal them with after bead blasting?
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Eastwood Diamond Clear Satin

This is apecially made to do that job:

http://www.eastwoodco.com/shopping/p...iProductID=619
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If it were mine I would stick it in a vat, get a chem film on it and then paint it with dupli-color cast aluminum color engine paint, i did the same thing to a holley street dominator intake and it looks amazing, better than it did brand new
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I usually put them in the bead blaster (glass beads), blast them clean, then wash it out with soap and water and a bottle brush. Use lots of water. If you use the finer beads (60-80 grit) it won't get all rough.

I have heard of people spraying them with clear to keep them looking good afterwards.

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Cleaning an Intake

You could use a lot of elbow grease and polish it,but that is a lot of sanding and polishing.Whatever you do,dont put clear on it ! I did this with mine after I had spent considerable time polishing it and the first time a little hot gas touched it,it turned brown.
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Manifold finish

Try Eastwood Diamond Clear. Made especially for this application, good to 300 degrees. They also have Aluma-Blast, a "cast aluminum" finish paint. I have had good luck with this one.
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to get back a "new" cast aluminum finish, 10 minutes in a sand blast cabinet

(no need for gentle "media")

the hard way is a scotchbrite pad, brake cleaner and paper towels but that does work to "freshen it" again if it does get stained after blasting
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I used Mag aluminium rim cleaner the one with the corrisive logo on it and several small wire brushes and lots of water.Also wear rubber gloves.
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I live were a sand blaster is not available till I buy one.I put mine in the parts cleaner,when it was time to change out my cleaner.I poured the water base parts cleaner on it and let it sit submerged for a few day.When I had time that weekend I pulled it out and it was like new with no scrubing.Now if I start to get a little yellow from anything on it I spray it with chemtool B12 and it comes right off.
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Thanks to all who submitted replies back. I might try the ScotchBrite idea and see how it works. I might also see about powder coating. Any ideas on that? Any idea of ball park on what it would cost to have someone do it?

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I live were a sand blaster is not available till I buy one.I put mine in the parts cleaner,when it was time to change out my cleaner.I poured the water base parts cleaner on it and let it sit submerged for a few day.When I had time that weekend I pulled it out and it was like new with no scrubing.Now if I start to get a little yellow from anything on it I spray it with chemtool B12 and it comes right off.

what kind of intake is that that mounts the carb at an angle? thats pretty cool, any performance gain from this?
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Another Cleaning Trick

Or clean it in the dishwasher, just time things carefully!
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I was going to post "if" there is a powder coat business near by, they do have a sandblaster from hell, and will blast a intake for maybe...$10

every shop that does restoration work will have atleast a "detail" sand blaster....20 minutes max to blast and clean all=$20? + $3 for a bag of filtered sand from HD

pricing general ideas:
sandblast and powder coat a huge mud truck front bumper, $100 at our local powder coat guy (my son's toy)

he blasts and powder coats full car frames for 2/3rds of what it would cost to prep and paint it in the shop

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