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Old 03-24-2013, 04:48 PM
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Cleaning my SBC 307

Hello, I am getting ready to paint my Small Block Chevy 307 and wanted to know if it is okay to use a low speed wire wheel on the block to get all the original paint off? It's just the block and internal components. If not, any suggestions?

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Hello, I am getting ready to paint my Small Block Chevy 307 and wanted to know if it is okay to use a low speed wire wheel on the block to get all the original paint off? It's just the block and internal components. If not, any suggestions?
Don't think it would hurt a thing. After your done,blow off with air and maybe wipe down with a good cleaner.
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You can use Brakleen but be sure its well ventilated when you do. We had a boat blow up down here a couple of weeks ago. They were cleaning a diesel in the engine room, something sparked it and it blew up, totalled a 2 million dollar yacht!! Put 2 guys in the hospital.
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I do it with all of mine. Wire cup brush on my small grinder work's very well. Degrease it, let it dry or hit it with the leaf blower to dry it, then wire brush it. I wear a clear face shield cause it will throw some nasty at you.
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I do it with all of mine. Wire cup brush on my small grinder work's very well. Degrease it, let it dry or hit it with the leaf blower to dry it, then wire brush it. I wear a clear face shield cause it will throw some nasty at you.
Yeah man, I worked most of the night. I usually have a face mask but I couldn't find it. When I was done, I didn't even look like the same person!
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You will find easy off oven cleaner good for cutting the grease-- grime on the block etc.
But keep it out of your eyes and off your hands. Sunlight liquid dish soap too w/ hot water.
Use lots of (hot) water to rinse it. (Pressure washer)
Then compressed air blow dry and paint the outside of the block and then oil all bare machined surfaces
so they do not rust.

Use eye protection whenever using any powered rotary tools.

Never use those little rotary zip abrasive discs to clean any of the machined surfaces.
really screws then up.

Because you have now oiled all the bare machined surfaces, when you go to assemble the block with bearings etc, wipe that oil off the surface (eg bearing saddles, deck surface etc) with lacquer thinners, when assembling.

Engine storage spray or Rust Check spray is better for long term rust protection than WD-40 as it contains water too.
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If your engine has a lot of guck like mine did I would not recommend using the wire brush first. I had my front clip of so I was able to degrease the whole thing and power wash it off (on the lowest setting). If you use a wire brush first and you have a lot of grime and gunk on your engine it will just move it to the surrounding firewall, inner fenders and you. Good luck!
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Why not just use paint stripper and a pressure washer? Then the use the wire wheel on what's left over.
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