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Grot
07-20-2010, 07:27 PM
While my engine is out of my 162 i wanna see about polishing some of my parts.

Gonna attempt to polish the Exhaust Mani heat sheild, and possibly the Intake Mani.

Got the idea from Walter34's pic here

http://i869.photobucket.com/albums/ab257/walter34-bear/SDC13424.jpg

How would i go about polishing?

What do i need to buy, use or what is required?

I have never done this before

bloodxandxink
07-20-2010, 07:52 PM
im a big fan of brasso, but i would guess you'd need some something first to take off any gunk like pb blaster and move to brasso to polish.....

ChrisD
07-20-2010, 07:55 PM
Check out Ryan's thread: http://www.celicatech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46373&page=3

Specifically this post has some info: http://www.celicatech.com/forums/showpost.php?p=30093772&postcount=87

Sandpaper then a series of polishing compounds with buffing wheels / attachments. :)

Grot
07-20-2010, 08:02 PM
I got a question.

Wetsanding, how do you do it?

Literally get a piece of sandpaper get it wet the sand, or what?

Okctrd
07-20-2010, 08:11 PM
I got a question.

Wetsanding, how do you do it?

Literally get a piece of sandpaper get it wet the sand, or what?


i polished my valve cover and i wet sanded it, basically i got a bucket of water and often dipped the sand paper in it.

i started with like 600 grit and worked my way up to like 1500, i then used some red clay that i put on a drill and put it on the cover.

lastly i used a product called Noxon to give it the final polish, works wonders man.. green bottle like $5.

RyanD
07-20-2010, 08:13 PM
I got a question.

Wetsanding, how do you do it?

Literally get a piece of sandpaper get it wet the sand, or what?
That's pretty much it. I just used a fine-grit sandpaper and a bucket of water - every time I went for a new pass, just dump your piece of sand paper in the bucket and let it soak for a moment. The goal of the process is to take off a minimal amount of metal and remove the scratches; rather than sanding the old particles back into the surface you're sanding, the water removes it and creates a barrier between the paper and the surface.

I should mention it's also a good idea to have another bucket of water on standby for rinsing purposes. You don't want your wetsanding bucket to be full of old particles. And it will be...the stuff looks like mud in the water.

Grot
07-20-2010, 08:15 PM
Alright, im looking for somewhere who sells the polishes like you used.

We dont have princess auto here.

RyanD
07-20-2010, 08:22 PM
You should be able to find them easily (hopefully). I think most auto places have them, and you may even be able to find them a hardware store. Good luck!

Okctrd
07-20-2010, 09:38 PM
"Ace" the helpful place... hardware store

they have them there.

Grot
07-20-2010, 10:04 PM
Sweet.

Thanks alot man.

---------- Post added at 09:04 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:59 PM ----------

I dont see it on ACE's website.

You know yours stocks them?

Okctrd
07-20-2010, 11:07 PM
wait are looking for the polishes or another product?

im talking about the noxon and brasso stuff.

Grot
07-21-2010, 04:32 AM
Ok, i was looking for the clays like RyanD used.

Sang
07-21-2010, 05:10 AM
I do:

120, 220, then 320 if there are imperfections or casting marks.

If it's already smooth, then I go straight to wetsanding 400, 1000, 2000. If I have some 800 laying around, i'll use it, but lately I haven't.

The I use a buffing pad and high gloss polishing clay for soft metals that you can get from lowes.

Using the above method, I polished the TBI, catch can, and FPR.
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii191/Sang_Han/My%20Car/S5000495.jpg

Intake (pic1 was what it looked like, raw alu. Pic2 is after 15 minutes of sanding and 15 minutes of polishing):
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii191/Sang_Han/My%20Car/IntakePipe1.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii191/Sang_Han/My%20Car/IntakePipe2-1.jpg

Even half-ass'ing it...it comes out decent, although you can see easily see the scratches from the courser grits that I didn't get out as I progressed to the finer grits:
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii191/Sang_Han/BuffingWheel2.jpg

rizin
07-21-2010, 05:48 AM
Some Napa's carry polish sticks. I have found plastic polishing sticks there also.

Grot
07-21-2010, 06:06 AM
Thanks for exact instructions Sang. I appreciate it. What kind of buffing pad? Foam or cloth wheel?

Sang
07-21-2010, 06:34 AM
I used a medium cloth wheel and attached it to my drill press. It worked using a hand drill as well, but takes longer for the polishing clay to heat up.

rizin
07-21-2010, 07:34 AM
A cloth wheel on a angle grinder is what I have used.

Grot
07-21-2010, 03:43 PM
Would the strut tower bar be able to be polished as well?

I think it is aluminium

Sang
07-21-2010, 05:06 PM
Is it painted/coated? Generally, if Toyota coated/painted the part, it is steel.

Grot
07-21-2010, 05:24 PM
I dont think it has any coating on it, it looks very similar the the Intake Mani.

RyanD
07-21-2010, 05:27 PM
I'm still so impressed with the work you do, Sang. I mean, I'm quite pleased with the way my stuff came out (especially my IC piping), but working the corners and small spots (like on the throttle body in your pics) were a little frustrating at times. You clearly have a lot of patience and a delicate hand, haha.

Sang
07-21-2010, 05:51 PM
^ I agree with you, the TB is a real PITA to do, that's why it was the only thing I've ever had sent out to have it polished for me. Kris at KO Racing actually got it done. The intake manifold I did do and was the same way. I cheated by reshaping some of the areas to get flatter to make it easier to sand.

RyanD
07-21-2010, 06:26 PM
^ I agree with you, the TB is a real PITA to do, that's why it was the only thing I've ever had sent out to have it polished for me. Kris at KO Racing actually got it done. The intake manifold I did do and was the same way. I cheated by reshaping some of the areas to get flatter to make it easier to sand.

Hehe, I did that on my manifold too. Hey, it worked well!

karl
07-21-2010, 06:37 PM
Roloc discs and buffing wheels. Dremel bits for small areas. I'm lazy :)

And not much on my car is shiny anyway, hehe.

Grot
07-27-2010, 03:51 AM
Heres what i ended up with.

http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j172/mutatis13/DSCF0349.jpg
http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j172/mutatis13/DSCF0348.jpg

There were some spots that my grinder sanding wheel couldnt get out.
Hand sanding helped but not a whole lot.

http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j172/mutatis13/DSCF0350.jpg

Thats after using the red clay, then the white.

Do i need more white?

I also have some Brasso polish. should i wipe the remaining residue from the clay off and try that too?

Its shiny but not a mirror like you all have.

Also the highest grit sandpaper i could find was 600, that may have something to do with it also.

KM
07-27-2010, 04:19 AM
I play it the easy way.
I use a blast cabinet and a powder coating gun.

Okctrd
07-30-2010, 08:02 AM
try using higher grit paper like 1000 grit then 1500 then 2000 grit wetsand paper, if you can find some. i usually see them at advance auto parts. (auto stores)

that is when you really start getting some shine.
or get some fine steel wool.

this shows a good example.
http://www.clubcivic.com/board/showthread.php?t=96334

Okctrd
07-30-2010, 08:02 AM
try using higher grit like 1000 grit then 1500 then 2000 wetsand paper, if you can find some. i usually see them at advance auto parts. (auto stores carry higher grits)

that is when you really start getting some shine.


this shows a good example.
http://www.clubcivic.com/board/showthread.php?t=96334

VikingJZ
07-30-2010, 10:19 PM
Try the Cream of Sumyunggai!

1500 is my favorite for wet sanding that shit.

I did my valve covers on my POS Sonoma that way. Turned out really nice.

Sang
07-30-2010, 10:33 PM
Also the highest grit sandpaper i could find was 600, that may have something to do with it also.

600 is fairly course to get a good finish with polishing. Really should do 1000wet afterward and 2000wet after that.

Where are you going to get your paper? Walmart usually has a good selection.

Grot
07-30-2010, 11:26 PM
i went to lowes. and the 400 and 600 were wet but i need to go back and do more.

walter34
02-15-2012, 02:07 AM
Dudes!! Im so happy that you found the best and cheapest way for all to enjoy what we have!! even if you have very little money this is it (the money shot).

Harbor Freight has a good buffer combo and use the green stick I've used them all and thats the one that wil do most of your projects. :amazed:

And thanks Grot for sharing this with all, good job.

Hey also dont over look Plastic lens polishing:drool: thats at most auto parts stores.

My fav? Mothers does very well.

Take care...

Eric Barrera
02-15-2012, 03:07 AM
Holy thread revival Batman!