Valve cover cleaned up. Should I paint the intake manifold? - Miata Turbo Forum - Boost cars, acquire cats.

Welcome to Miataturbo.net   Members
 


Insert BS here A place to discuss anything you want

Reply
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-18-2006, 05:04 PM   #1
Senior Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Tucson "it's 110" Arizona
Posts: 1,017
Total Cats: 0
Question Valve cover cleaned up. Should I paint the intake manifold?

Cleaned up my valve cover. Check it. Here are some before pictures for you to laugh at.

Look closely, see the rat turds? Awesome right?
Attached Thumbnails
Valve cover cleaned up. Should I paint the intake manifold?-pict0079.jpg   Valve cover cleaned up. Should I paint the intake manifold?-pict0078.jpg  
UofACATS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2006, 05:15 PM   #2
Senior Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Tucson "it's 110" Arizona
Posts: 1,017
Total Cats: 0
Default

First I want to say Pop has good polishing info on his page. Check it.

First pic: After 5 minutes with 220. Used a palm sander where possible. Did one side at first to see the difference.

Second: 15 minutes, wiping it down with a wet rag.

Third: Hour or so (?) Wet with 400 this time.

Fourth: Starting on the other side. See the difference between 220 and 400 here?

I'll post again for the completed shots.
Attached Thumbnails
Valve cover cleaned up. Should I paint the intake manifold?-pict0098.jpg   Valve cover cleaned up. Should I paint the intake manifold?-pict0103.jpg   Valve cover cleaned up. Should I paint the intake manifold?-pict0106.jpg   Valve cover cleaned up. Should I paint the intake manifold?-pict0108.jpg  
UofACATS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2006, 05:26 PM   #3
Senior Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Tucson "it's 110" Arizona
Posts: 1,017
Total Cats: 0
Default

First: Done.

I'm not really into the mirror shine look, just wanted it to look a little better than a rat restroom.

Second: Back in place.

Third: Head-on.

This is where the question comes in. Look at how crappy the intake manifold looks. I'd clean it up the same except that I really don't want to pull it. What should I do?

-Tape off like crazy and paint?
-Sand it so it matches the valve cover?
-Do nothing and hope it goes away?

My engine bay has a lot of black, so that's the only option.


Attached Thumbnails
Valve cover cleaned up. Should I paint the intake manifold?-pict0110.jpg   Valve cover cleaned up. Should I paint the intake manifold?-pict0119.jpg   Valve cover cleaned up. Should I paint the intake manifold?-pict0121.jpg  
UofACATS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2006, 05:33 PM   #4
mxv
Senior Member
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 582
Total Cats: 0
Default

id say just clean up and sand the parts that you can see so you dont have to take it off. i have been debating for a while if i should go for a full polish or just satan looks like im on the boat with you, that looks awsome. what was your finishing meathod?
mxv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2006, 05:42 PM   #5
Senior Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Tucson "it's 110" Arizona
Posts: 1,017
Total Cats: 0
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mxv View Post
what was your finishing meathod?
I finished like usual. I guess I don't know what you're asking. I didn't put any finishing on the cover, I just wet sanded with 400 grit, wiping away the residue with a wet rag. Do I need a finish of some kind?

Yeah, I don't really feel like creating more work for myself by pulling the manifold, but i'm not leaving it like that. A light sanding clean-up is probably the best option, although it would be less work and possibly better looking in my opinion to paint it flat black.

Oh, thanks for the compliment...
UofACATS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2006, 06:28 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 1,450
Total Cats: -1
Default

You might consider using safety wire instead of zip-ties when tie-wrapping your heat-shielding material. It's like ceramic-coating your exhaust manifold then using saran wrap to keep it lookin' nice
bripab007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2006, 07:31 PM   #7
Senior Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Tucson "it's 110" Arizona
Posts: 1,017
Total Cats: 0
Default

Duly noted. I figure some will melt and break from the heat, but really it's in effort to keep the "self-adhesive" material in place, so a couple wraps with wire should do the trick should they all melt.

I'll keep it in mind.
UofACATS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2006, 09:24 PM   #8
Elite Member
iTrader: (3)
 
Mach929's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: lansdale PA
Posts: 2,500
Total Cats: 0
Default

huge improvement, looks great. Still debating on what to do to mine, probably chrome it for low maintenence
Mach929 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2006, 11:23 PM   #9
mxv
Senior Member
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 582
Total Cats: 0
Default

by finishing i ment like what was the last thing you did to it. looks like 400 grit. thx dude sorry for being confusing... i was able to use some 220 on a random orbital then go to some 400 then some sos padding and then 1500 and then 2000 wet sand and then some clear coat buffing compound (because i had it lying around) came to a good sheen but nothing close to a high polish. noticed a big improvement when going to the sos pads though you might want to try a little and see how you like it
mxv is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Raleigh: Fiberglass headlight scope, 1.6L ECU, AFM, Hardtop latches, more bigmackloud Miata parts for sale/trade 13 09-22-2017 01:34 PM
Garrett Turbo, 1.8 Oil Pan, & Misc. Stuff nbdooey Miata parts for sale/trade 9 08-30-2017 10:50 PM
Another Cast Manifold Corky Bell Prefabbed Turbo Kits 18 11-22-2016 10:01 PM
K&N Intake Filter nbdooey Miata parts for sale/trade 0 09-28-2015 09:46 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:56 PM.