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Old 05-01-2004, 13:01   #1 (permalink)
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Polishing Aluminium Rocker Covers

Can anyone tell me how I can polish aluminium rocker covers to give a permanent glossy/shiny finish. Can a solution of diluted pool acid be used to get rid of stubborn residue in hard to reach areas. Any sugestions will be helpfull
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you will need to sand the imperfections with fine sand paper, the smoother the finish the better it will polish up. just use some autosol rubbing compound there is better products but they usualy require a buffing wheel. to keep it shiny you will have to coat it with some clear paint but after a while it can tend to peel off, i prefer to leave it raw and every month or so give it a light rub with a polising cloth to restore shine.
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Thx for the advise john_xr6, It appear the previous owner used a p36 grinding disc to either remove paint or give the covers a rough surface appearance. Any way I used 100 grit paper to get rid of grinding marks and will gragually increase grit to about 600, which I think should give the desired finish. What a job! Took the whole afternoon to do one cover! I think I blistered my finger tips. My question is how do I sand or polish those areas in corners etc. Any advise?
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Sand blast..Done at your local automotive..They have them to clean heads etc...
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yeah, a sandblasted finish looks good. And wont go dull like a polished surface will.
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Re: Polishing Aluminium Rocker Covers

A little trick I use is... Get a bit of dowel at one end cut a 25mm slot through the dia of the circle. Then slide some fine sand paper or emery paper into the slot and rap it around a few times making sure you've wound the sand paper in the wright direction so it wont fly off, Put it into a battery drill or what ever you have and with low drill speed you can start sanding.... hope this helps and makes sense.
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yeah, a sandblasted finish looks good. And wont go dull like a polished surface will.
Thx for advice but I sticked with sanding the covers. Came out quite nice but not as shiny or polished as some inlet manifolds I saw on "edelbrock" web-page. Wonder what is their secret? Any way when I finished both covers I will post some pics. I've posted a pic of my ride. Check it out on the gallery and tell me what you think.
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Re: Polishing Aluminium Rocker Covers

Sorry to steal the thread,

But is it possiple and legal to make clear pespex covers?

These would look good with aftermarket rollers but i assume they would get covered in oil, mabye something for a car show to show off your rollers/tappets
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Sorry to steal the thread,

But is it possiple and legal to make clear pespex covers?

These would look good with aftermarket rollers but i assume they would get covered in oil, mabye something for a car show to show off your rollers/tappets
I am also very interested in doing this.

Anyone know?
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Also is it legal for a perspex bonnet, i have seen a couple of ricers with em they look pretty good with all the chrome plumbing they have under it and kinda looks like u have no bonnet with all the benifits and none of the problems
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