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    Default Bit more engine polishing done

    When I first picked up my motor the engine bay was......untidy shall we say.
    It's getting nearer to the standard I want it as the weeks go by. I'm a lot happier with it and I dare say I'm proud to lift the bonnet in company now. I've spent two hours on it again today, the cam cover is nearly done, just some further fine polishing to do and it should look like a mirror. I'll tell you what though my fingers are sore!
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    Might be a stupid thing to ask for, but would you do a how2 for each bit you have done. I wouldn't mind getting my bay up to half the standard yours looks in so far! Under the bonnet is.........well, not for public viewing!!

    So any tips, etc ?

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    That is looking really nice, it is hard work though, but well worth the effort.

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    Hi centaur. Well the first thing is to get rid of all the grime. GUNK (or similar engine degreasant) is good for that, just work it in with a brush then steam clean it off.
    Then all you can do with our engine is clean all the plastic trim (there's a lot of it afterall) and for this task I use good old wet wipes. I find the antibacterial ones the best.
    To get the alloy up to scratch you need to use various grades of wet and dry. However to get a really good shine I use a paper called 'Micromesh'. It goes all the way up to 12000 grade. It's similar to emery paper. You can buy a kit of it (have a look on the net) containing all the grades.
    Start off with 100 grade. That'll take all the corrosion out and leave you with a dull (but nevertheless) polished surface. Then it's just a case of working through the grades. It'll get shinier every time you up a grade.
    Finish off with some Solvol Autosol and you're there.
    I think it's worth the effort, but this has all been done by hand. I plan to use a decent power tool, something like a Dremel to get a 'showcar' standard in time.
    Have a crack at it. It's good for the soul.

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    Cheers Ed.

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    well thats my suspicions confirmed .. you are mad lol..

    looks good, whats the alloy finned part in the middle, looks like a heatsink of sorts ..

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    looks great mate top job done there
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    looks real good.......dread to think what mine looks like

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    Thanks for that, Deadman!

    I think this will be my next project.

    ***runs off to find some wet & dry on the net***

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    Quote Originally Posted by fellie View Post
    well thats my suspicions confirmed .. you are mad lol..

    looks good, whats the alloy finned part in the middle, looks like a heatsink of sorts ..
    it's a heatsink for the coilpack unit..

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