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Old 04-03-2006, 06:55 AM
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Dewey, why didn't you use the chemical polishing method. Takes about 1/2 hour and the kit goes for $18.00??

























OK, so Aprils fools was Saturday, you still fell for it !

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Old 04-03-2006, 08:22 AM
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Dewey, why didn't you use the chemical polishing method. Takes about 1/2 hour and the kit goes for $18.00??

(OK, so Aprils fools was Saturday, you still fell for it ! )
Grrrrrrr!!!!!! Better be careful Beenaway. These teeny tiny nubs of fingers I have left after all that sanding are still long enough to strangle you.
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A bit of follow up (also cross posted in the powder coating thread I started today). I applied clear powder coating to the polished manifold today and here are the results. The first picture is just a general shot of the powder coated manifold while in the second picture I compared the clear powder coating (on the left) to the original polished but raw finish on the right. The color difference you see is due only to the reflection of the light and the angle of the camera between the two days these shots were taken. Of greater interest is the actual comparison of the luster. While there is a slight visible dulling of the surface, for the protection one gets with the powder coat, I think it is a worthwhile trade off. (Note: the clear is Eastwood's High Gloss)



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i have a pretty fair amount of aluminum polishing expeience. and i have to say
that is one of the best polishing jobs i have seen. VERY NICE
there is NO WAY anyone is going to polish to that quality for $180, just not going to happen.

there is no way i would tackle that job. polishing aluminum sux, and your never happy with it.
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i have a pretty fair amount of aluminum polishing expeience. and i have to say
that is one of the best polishing jobs i have seen. VERY NICE
there is NO WAY anyone is going to polish to that quality for $180, just not going to happen.

there is no way i would tackle that job. polishing aluminum sux, and your never happy with it.

Awww shucks. You guys need to realize exactly why he did it in the first place... Three reasons come to mind right away for me.


1. We live in Wisconsin. It's cold and snowy, so there isn't much else to do.

2. That fine shine that it has will reflect the light better from his drop light because...

3. It's going back on a Ford. We all know the hoods are always open on them, so it might as well look good while being wrenched on...


(Sorry, I couldn't resist throwing that last one in there)



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You guys need to realize exactly why he did it in the first place... Three reasons come to mind right away for me.
You forgot #4. I've lost my mind.
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Old 04-05-2006, 07:15 PM
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You forgot #4. I've lost my mind.

Naa. You're just a detail freak. Must be a Wisconsin thing...


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Cboy, great job at that finished intake. Looks absolutely amazing I was following your thread before about your polishing trouble with the compound tarring up. 250 hrs??! Man, that IS commitment right there and I believe that it probably really does take that long to polish that sucker. Unreal how much work goes into that and hope your nubs, I mean fingers!! are doin better That clear powdercoat did dull it jusssstttt a tiny bit but it still looks great and best part about it, you will never have to repolish it now that you have that clear on it. Great job man.
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That looks great! I know what a thankless job it is to do that. I did 4 rough cast wheels to high polish before - cured me of ever wanting to polish anything again. The powder coat looks good - as long as it isn't next to any "unprotected" polished alum, no one would be the wiser IMO. Good tradeoff.
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The powder coat looks good - as long as it isn't next to any "unprotected" polished alum, no one would be the wiser IMO.
You bring up an interesting point Cebby. I'm getting a little concerned now about how my engine compartment is going to look when I put everything back together. I've got this polished & cleared manifold, a number of brackets and parts I just powder coated with "near chrome", my headers which I just had finished with Jet Hot "sterling" and then a number of real chrome parts I just purchased. All right next to each other and all having slightly different lusters and reflectivity. This is hardly the sort of problem I'd put in the earth shattering category, but it is something to keep in mind when you set out to dress up you engine.
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Yeah, at least it's something you can be proud of. When somebody asks you who polished it you can proudly proclaim , "Me". I sure as heck know I would not have the patience to do that. Nice work.
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You bring up an interesting point Cebby. I'm getting a little concerned now about how my engine compartment is going to look when I put everything back together. I've got this polished & cleared manifold, a number of brackets and parts I just powder coated with "near chrome", my headers which I just had finished with Jet Hot "sterling" and then a number of real chrome parts I just purchased. All right next to each other and all having slightly different lusters and reflectivity. This is hardly the sort of problem I'd put in the earth shattering category, but it is something to keep in mind when you set out to dress up you engine.

i have that problem also. but i look at it this way. i don't have the resources to make everything match, like foose/etc, do. so i just try to make many things match, and leave it at that. you can dwell on a BUNCH of little things. but once its all together, many of those little things get lost in all the happenings going on. and it just melts together into 1 large good looking piece.
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re:Manifold polishing finally done

That manifold looks really nice,and I know where you are coming from when you say how much work it is.When I spent the winter a few years ago rebuilbing my BB Chevy I figure I spent 2-3 weeks worth of time polishing the factory high rise aluminum manifold,but it was worth it.I made one big mistake in listening to my speed parts guy and put a coat of clear coat (spray can stuff) and the first time I took the float bowl off and got a little gas on it the areas where the gas landed tarnished right away.The clear coat was a lot harder to get off than it was to get it on.Now I just take a little bit of polish and go over it once in awhile.
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