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Hi All,
Has anyone had any recent experience of refinishing v6 intake runners? I've been getting some quotes for rechroming and have found them all a bit frightening to be honest - 40 to 50 quid each!
Happy to hear of a better deal than that....
Also been investigating ceramichrome coating, which looks like a good finish, not as good as real chrome but a lot better than powder coat chrome effect.
Anyone know if a set of six can still be had from Alfa and at what price?
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Just had mine done for 125 - quality good but they needed chasing up a few times, took them 3 weeks, wasn't a problem because it was my spare set they had
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I have x2 sets of x6 pipes that I am currently refurbishing - will be ready end of this month and will be up on the Classifieds. Includes the Rubber bits. Here is a pic of the last set I refurbished and sold the other week...

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Andy - who does your rechroming for that price? Its pretty keen

PJ - are you rechroming these or polishing out the rust? How much are you selling the for?
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PJ - are you rechroming these or polishing out the rust? How much are you selling the for?
No - not rechroming, that is very specialist and can cost more than new replacements which are about 200.00 off Ebay for a set of x6. I use a chrome cleaner chemical bath solution and then machine polish them with #0000 and a high quality paste. Finish off by hand and they come up like new (as per that pic on my last set). If the chrome plate has been stripped off then forget it, cheaper to buy new pipes than pay for a re-chrome to be done.

I'll be looking around 80.00 for the set (x6 pipes) I will have done by the end of the month and that includes Shipping to anywhere in the UK mainland or if you want to pick up in person (I am in Kent) then I can reduce that cost to 70.00.

Decided to keep back the other set as will be selling that with a complete V6 Engine Set that I am refurbishing (plenum, coil plate and both rocker plates) in Rosso Corsa and then grinding back the lettering etc.

As soon as I have done them, I will update the thread with a link to the Classifieds and it'll be on a first come, first served basis.


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PJ - so any rust that has previously come through and polished away, would in due course return, unless of course they are looked after, ie polished up from time to time?

I've bought an old set to muck about with, which are flaky to say the least. I've found some images online of a GTA where the runners have been stripped and powder coated in a satin aluminium colour, which works well - better than fake chrome powder coat and better than tatty/rusty. I actually thought it looked pretty good, so may give that a try.

I'm going to give my engine bay an overhaul, so have bought a plenum/cover and runners to work on. Only problem is I've bought a cf2 plenum whereas I need a cf3 - anyone got one lurking?
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Even if you buy new pipes or re-chrome them, they have to be maintained regardless. Any rust oxides are surface based, so as long as removed they are not going to come back overnight. When I finish off the pipes by hand I use a further chemical which bonds an invisible coating to the pipe.

Pipes that suffer from the oxides is all down to zero maintenance of the engine bay, over long periods. It's like anything - look after it and it will always look like new
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PJ - what products do you use? I've recently bought a set that are in good nick, and I'm sure a bit of TLC will bring them right up.
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We use CIF bathroom cleaner, brings them up lovely

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V6 Inlet Pipes (Full Set) are ready to ship and listed here in AO adverts under Used Parts / Engines. Please note I also got a Throttle Body for the 3.0 in the same listing area at a cheap price and free delivery for the UK.

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http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/class...at.php/cat/112

Will be taking delivery of another set of pipes this week, so another set will shortly be listed
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Now Sold!!! Pretty quick, but not surprising.

Next set will be in classifieds after BHW.
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you should do them on a replacement service so that people send you there in you already have a set already done ready to ship and at that price expect to be very very busy
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you should do them on a replacement service so that people send you there in you already have a set already done ready to ship and at that price expect to be very very busy
Hi Brad, the trouble with replacement sets is that I sell them too quickly, sold yesterdays set in a few hours of listing them on AO.

I think the price is very good, plus I have the entire process down pat now with all the tools, chemicals and polishes etc. With Autumn around the corner and cars going onto SORN for winter, I'll have time to get peoples Inlet Pipes looking super spanky for next season.

See how demand goes, but 2-3 sets at a time would be good - who knows. The pictures speak for themselves and have done over x5 sets to date.

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