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Talking More metal polishing...

Some may remember a thread I posted up last year where I grabbed a few microfibre cloths, metal polish and buffed up a few pipes in the engine bay. If you can't here is a link to the thread.

So when I popped the hood a few weeks ago and saw the pipes still looking fairly shiny and the brake lines looking sorry for themselves something had to be done. Cue the Dremel, various Polishes, Steel Wool, Microfibres, Rags and numerous cuts...

To start with though, I gave the engine bay a bit of a clean to remove any light dirt



You may think I have taken it a bit far but if a jobs worth doing


Now lets take a look at the brake pipes before I started






Again a boring dull matte finish, clean but not great. Straight away you can see how difficult these are to get to and the curves are tight. Common sense would say, don't start this, but what the heck!


I started doing it by hand (MF and Metal Polish), this wasn't very quick but did work. So I tried some steel wool and metal polish, worked better but again not so quick. Out came the power tools (dremel and polishing compound), we were off. All the easy to reach parts were completed in just 2 hours with this.

Which left me with 5 hours of polishing the pipes by hand using steel wool and metal polish, then refining that with the metal polish on a microfibre.

Results put the other pipes to shame but 1/2 hour with the metal polish and a rag brought them back. Finished off with cleaning any polish splatter and dressing the plastic and hoses with Aerospace 303.


Here are the results.









Yes, even the pipes running on the firewall were polished...


I will be honest, I wouldn't recommend doing this it was the most tedious and painful job I've done. (Can count 20 cuts on the right hand and my lower back is aching)

Sure looks pretty though.


You may wonder why some parts of my engine are missing, but I'll keep that a surprise for ya'll...
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:14 PM
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Re: More metal polishing...

very much better!
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:22 PM
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Re: More metal polishing...

That red TB sure does pop....

I don't see anything missing aside from intake, headlights, grille.
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Re: More metal polishing...

Yep, certainly makes a difference Scott. Shame I don't have a flash for the camera, it would pop the metal then. Too cloudy/dull outside today.

I love the red TB, sad you see so little of it when the intake pipe is on though.

Missing is the front bar (don't know its technical name), fuse cover and intake tube. Have to secure the hood with cable ties.
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Re: More metal polishing...

Holy crap that looks amazing! I'd love to have my engine bay look like this but I don't have the patience for that. I try to keep the outside clean, but I don't show off my engine bay that often. Looks great! Your engine bay is half backwards though!
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Man that looks great!
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Re: More metal polishing...

Damn it! Now I have to get my polishing set out
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Holy crap that looks amazing! I'd love to have my engine bay look like this but I don't have the patience for that. I try to keep the outside clean, but I don't show off my engine bay that often. Looks great! Your engine bay is half backwards though!
I lost interest after 1 hour when I started the job to be honest. Returned to it at the weekend and thought lets git-r-done. I don't show off my engine bay either, come annual inspection time or oil changes I like the comments though.

Yeah I know, I look at guides saying if you have this TCM it is located here, whereas mine is located the exact same place just on the other side due to the brakes for example.

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Man that looks great!
Thanks, does make a difference. Looks better in the flesh with a little light catching them too.

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Damn it! Now I have to get my polishing set out
Take my advice, don't.... You can only do so much with the dremel before you get down to using wire wool and metal polish - my hands were about clamped shut after 2 hours doing it.
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Re: More metal polishing...

Damn Marty....that's where I draw the line. I polished up some of the tubing awhile back like you did, but brake lines are well beyond my patience level. Looks awesome!

Soon, you'll find a way to smooth the cast aluminum parts like the alternator and polish them too...ahhahaha
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Re: More metal polishing...

When I get cams installed later this year, the serp belt needs to come off, gonna get the alternator off and paint it Mopar orange I think...

No polishing that junk unfortunately.
EDIT: Actually, steel wool and metal polish and lots of time would work, but you need to draw the line some place.
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Re: More metal polishing...

The intake manifold on my old 99 TJ came out during a header installation and got media-blasted...incredible how much brighter it came out. You still have the rough textured casting, but the part really stood out after that. I should have painted it, but was in too much of a hurry to get everything put back together.
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Re: More metal polishing...

I keep mine really clean but this is a WHOLE new level! Great job!
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