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Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 10:04 pm 
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wat do u all think bout gettin bits of the engine chromed or polished? just like the fuel rail and and the intake manifold n stuff???

 

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Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 10:07 pm 
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would look sick but chroming stuff isnt exactly cheap
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Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 10:09 pm 
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Well...not quite sure, how much hotter would the manifold get? not much i spose, might look nice, but not fully sik.
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Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 10:13 pm 
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yea i duno, i was jsut talking to a guy at work today and he gets bits done for his bike

he said it usally costs him less then $100 for get little bits n pieces done

i jsut reckon it would look really nice with all the bits shining and the black bits black, not dried out and faded

 

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Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 10:48 pm 
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Getting the manifold done, would cost a pretty penny.
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Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 10:52 pm 
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We have a place in Perth called project neon and they have spray on chrome. But its not like a spray can, its actual chrome and you can't really tell the difference.

Seen that photo of the "chrome dipped merc" ?? Its actually that paint.

 

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Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:06 pm 
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Hey that paint sounds cool.

But you could always polish instead? That way you can do it yourself and save money.

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 6:25 pm 
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wat do u do to polish it?

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:00 pm 
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First you have to level the surface. Eg. 80grit wet&dry. The you go through the grades up to around 1200-2000 until it is a very smooth finish.
After that you break out some metal polish such as Autosol, and after a few minutes you should see your reflection.

Makes it sound easy, but it isn't. The sanding takes a long time and is hard work. There are other ways cut a rough surface back other than sandpaper thogh, just depends on what tools you have.

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:26 pm 
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i have access to nearly every tool u can think of so lol gimme ur best shot

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:19 pm 
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Wire brush on a rotary tool, sandblasting, even disc/belt sanders can help. Just be imaginative.

I dunno how the pro's do it, but I usually just use sandpaper followed by various other tools for hard to get bits or large flat surfaces etc...

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:20 pm 
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hmm, mite steal some bits from work and try it one weekend!

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:43 pm 
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Not as easy as you thing i've been playing around with them for a few months polishing and that the manifolds ive completed 1 ED manifold ill take a picture for you in the next few days.
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Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 9:03 pm 
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No, not easy at all - but worth it.

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 9:11 pm 
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Yes, i brougha dremal yesterday going to give it ago now on another manifold i have.
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