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Old 07-09-2019, 09:22 PM   #1
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Has any of you ever used Eastwood's cast Aluminum paint on you aluminum intakes. I was wondering if it looks good. My intake is a little on the ugly side, it has some dark spots on it I cant get off. Its ether engine color or the cast paint. I cant see buying a $300 or $400 intake when mine is good all but the ugly. Its the intake the picture. I painted it with silver but don't like that real shiny look.
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Has any of you ever used Eastwood's cast Aluminum paint on you aluminum intakes. I was wondering if it looks good. My intake is a little on the ugly side, it has some dark spots on it I cant get off. Its ether engine color or the cast paint. I cant see buying a $300 or $400 intake when mine is good all but the ugly. Its the intake the picture. I painted it with silver but don't like that real shiny look.
Have it bead blasted with some new (clean) fine glass beads. It will look better and stand up better to the heat than paint will.
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Have it bead blasted with some new (clean) fine glass beads. It will look better and stand up better to the heat than paint will.
I blasted it yesterday and it did not help it. I will look into getting it done. Thank you.
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I usually get mine powder coated after media blasting Bobby.

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I found this thread for you Bobby:https://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36554
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Have you tried washing it with an acid based cleaner ?
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No have not tried that.
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My vote is engine color.
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No have not tried that.
Can't say it will 100% fix your problem but it does make a difference. Napa makes an aluminum cleaner is a spray bottle and many big truck stops have good spray on aluminum cleaners. Some aluminum wheel cleaners in spray bottles do ok. IMO nothing beats the look of a brand new just out of the box aluminum intake but in no time that look is gone and I have yet to find anything that brings them back to that condition. When I repaint my 350, I think the performer RPM on it will be just as orange as the rest of it.
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Clean the casting with lacquer thinner to remove any GREASE OR OIL, wipe it down with wax and grease remover then spray it with a good ceramic based silver BRAKE CALIPER paint. This stuff looks exactly like cast aluminum when you are done and the intake will take no stains. Oil and coolant will clean right off.
I use VHT's silver.

This is that intake painted and installed on the wagon. You can see we had some coolant leakage while getting stuff sorted. This all wipes off. I clean with a little Simple Green on those blue shop towels. The intake has been in place since '14. it still cleans up nice.
Try it, it works. This will work on any part you want to keep nice. Water pumps (even cast iron ones), alternators, etc. Again, stressing the clean thing.
This the Air Gap on the 509 I am putting in my Astro. It was painted with the caliper paint.

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