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de rusting/greasing old iron intake for paint

I've got an old, dirty intake (351W, not that it matters) I want to paint. It's iron and has the expected surface rust, along with a good bit of grease. I have a bunch of standard handheld powertools and such, and some solvents, but I'm not really sure where to start and how thorough I have to be.

Getting it perfectly clean seems like a futile excercise, but so does painting over rust and I see lots of painted iron manifolds that weren't born so pretty. Any tips?

Sandblaster or any process I'd need to pay for are not in the cards for now.


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Old 10-24-2011, 09:47 PM
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the only way to do a nice job , is to spend some money on it.

have it shot blasted and surfaced. just to make sure it'll fit the heads and not leak
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Check the degreasing thread, Super Clean is the way to go to get rid of that grease and oil.
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For the rust you can check out the many electrolytic rust removal threads ,by far the cheapest easiest way to remove rust its perfect for you.
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I used to take a lot of parts to a company that had a lot of tanks for different things .He did a good job and prices were resonable. EPA- Govt regulations put him out of business, He need a couple million to build a completely new facility with double containment, exhaust stack scrubbers ,etc. He said his prices would have to be so high he would never get any business.
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