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Old 02-06-2003, 12:15 PM
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I have a set of the Edelbrock Aluminum valve covers and they are stained a little and have a little bit of oil on them. Do yall know what i could use to shine these back up and clean them real good, i have tryed soap and water.... Mothers polish and the mothers dosent work very well i was wondering if there was anything else that i could spray on there or rub on and wipr or rinse off. Thanks

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if theyre just aluminum and not coated or anything use some laquer thinner to take off the grime,then polish it up with that mothers stuff,good luck and have fun.
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elbow grease works for me
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yeah they are just aluminum.... no coating what does the thinner do? clean all the trash off of it? then the mothers will shine it up?
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Try oven cleaner on an inconspicuous spot.We were gonna clean an aluminum intake with it so,we tried it on an old cast aluminium starter head and it came out like new.But try it first,ya never know,I've only tried it once so I give no warrantie.
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oVEN CLEANER (WHICH IS BASICALLY THE SAME AS ENGINE CLEANER) SHOULD BE SAFE .... damn caps key ... where was I ... oh yeah ... it should be safe because it is a strong base (alkaline). Aluminum doesn't react much with a base. But watch out for acidic cleaners like some drain cleaners. Those will wreck your covers in a heartbeat. Like the man said ... try it in a hidden spot first.
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Might try mag wheel cleaner there are a couple of different kinds out there.But like anything else you try best test it on a hidden spot to see if you like the results.If all else fails you might check out bead blasting it is not costly and leaves a nice finish.

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DON'T EVER USE CASTROL SUPER CLEAN(PURPLE STUFF), I got some on my cold air intake tube that is pollished alluminum and it oxidized it. Had to polish the hell out of it with "Mothers Mag and Alluminum Polish" (Little red can). Steve
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oh yeah i did forget to mention that it is polished aluminum sorry about that, can i still use oven cleaner? or will it oxidize it, i think that mag wheel cleaner may work pretty good but im not too sure never polished valve covers before, but i polish my wheels with mothers. but these vavle covers are kicking my butt with the mothers.
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I don't know about rim cleaner,oven cleaner might be to harsh, andAs long as the mothers is turning blackish with color then your taking off dull aluminum. Remember the key is to wipe it off before it looks like crude oil. Make sure that you use a clean cloth to wipe it off. Steve
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alright, thanks alot for the replies on this. im going to try it out tomorrow, its all nasty outside tonight raining and windy and cold.
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On polishing the valve covers, try using 4 0000steel wool with Simichrome alumium polish, try on 1 end first. I used it on my rims on my vette and you cant see any scratches.
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