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  1. COOL COBRA

    COOL COBRA Hell Yes! Premium Member Established Member

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    You gotta want it. The tanks from Van, fuel rails, coil covers & TVS from BPS took a few hours to freshen up for the upcoming season.
    All is done for now, back is tired though.
     
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    Looks super clean
     
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    1 Alibi 2 If not today, when ?????? Established Member

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    Not a fan of chrome, or the work needed to keep it it that kind of condition.
    Your set-up looks really good & a polished " stock " blower can't be that common, well done !!
     
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    Bearbo Well-Known Member Premium Member Established Member

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    Bling. Need some shades for that. Really looks nice from the pic. I remember other people saying/posting you had the nicest ride around. Pictures always proved that point. Well done.
     
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    Polished blowers look awesome when they're freshened up. I was the first one to own a polished Eaton back in 2003. LOL. So I well remember how much work was entailed to keep it looking good. Worth the effort, but man, it made for sore arms.

    Love your setup. Looks awesome!
     
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    Ceramic coat it and never have to worry about polishing


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    Thanks Bob. I never knew you had the first polished Eaton. I bet that was a hit!
    I've got a Posi ported Eaton on the CO car & had thought about polishing it but every time I pick up the wrenchs my hands so "dont do it".
    My SB car has a polished Whipple so that would make 3. So, I put the wrenches down & continue to enjoy the factory finish lol. But I bet it looked killer!
     
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    And that's a thought worth researching. Thank you.
     
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    Looks nice. Youll spend more yime cleaning than diving
     
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    Yeah, I was the first. At that time Apten was selling the ported Eatons (done by Steigemeier). Apten had me take photos of my polished blower for their marketing purposes. Wasn't long thereafter they closed shop and porting continued under Steig's name.
     
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    And that is why I don't have polished anything.
     
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    Same here. Looks awesome, though, CC. What do you use to polish mirror finish aluminum like that and not leave any scratches? Seems like even a microfiber and metal polish would leave fine scratches.
     
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    Nah, once a year freshen up, beat the socks off the car when it's out. Carefully dust off the aluminum bits when I want it pretty, otherwise keep the hood shut & continue to smoke hellcats & similar vehicles. All in good taste of course.
     
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    On the aluminum stuff I use a mixture of Diamond Brite & White Diamond aluminum polish. The work around for scratches is to not use microfiber towels. Any of them. Well washed, broken down quality terry cloth towels do the trick. It'll make it like a mirror without fine scratches. Works great on my CCW wheels on other cars also.
    For the Alcoas, paint & calipers on this car, old fashion Liquid Glass is what I use. Yeah I know it's dated but hey, it works well.
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    A year ago, I would have disagreed with you and swore up and down about how "microfiber is so soft, there's no possible way to scratch with them!"

    After having hand-polished as much as I could in the engine bay of my Mach 1, I have sworn OFF microfiber for finishing polishing aluminum. I designed a radiator bracket, had it CNC machined out of 6061, and decided to polish it to a mirror finish. Microfiber worked for the heavier cutting but I could never quite get it to "mirror finish" without it scratching to hell and back. A co-worker told me that during his years as a moldmaker, he kept a supply of felt and extra soft toilet paper. Toilet paper, of all things. That was the ticket.

    I use microfiber pads for paint correction, but finish with foam. I don't quite understand how MF scratches the way it does when you get down to the finest levels of polishing. Polyamide MF isn't that hard, but even the ultra-soft ones still friggin scratch. The only thing I can think of is that like-scratches-like, and the MF pile captures larger "chips" than a "flatter" medium, and then in turn those larger chips leave larger scratches. There's physics at work somewhere...
     
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    Exactly! I'm glad somebody is drinking out of the same bowl as me.
    MF will take the shine to a greyish level. That might be good enough for most guys.
    A true mirror finish, once you know what you're looking at, is something different.
    I'll remember the TP advice.
     
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    After I figured out the secret, the rest of the polishing was a breeze. I did the water pump, radiator, overflow tank, bracket, and ignition control module housing.

    1st pic is where I said "Screw Microfiber"
    2nd pic is when I was removing that light pitting
    The 3rd pic is a reflection off the bracket when I was done. Yes, I melted my motorcycle visor.
     

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    Looks great! Yall got any tips for someone that sucks at polishing? Everything I polish is almost mirror finish but not quite.
     
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    Mother's mag and aluminum and follow up with a fine polish. The finished product is better than fine jewelry.

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    Likely the synthetic weave.

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