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Where did the rust go!!?


I just picked up a GTV V6!! I must say the underbonnet visions I have seen in the cars I have viewed have been a little dissapointing. That chrome obviously has to be looked after.

Anyway I thought I would give my elbows some excercise and see what I could do with the rusty intake pipes.

Well I wasnt expecting this kind of result AT ALL!!...The rust has all but a few fussy-bubbly bits virtually disappeared! I used AutoSol metal polish from halfords with a toothbrush, and some paraffin. Took about 20 minutes, well worth it.

Has anyone else had similar or better results from even more densly rusted intakes by other methods?

Unfortunately I couldnt get as enthusiastic about the results on the engine covers. Any tips for these or does anyone know where to buy a new one?

Im usually not as anal as this, but I just couldnt resist.
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The best thing for claening the rocker covers and air chamber is oven cleaner. Spray it on and agitate with a toothbrush and sponge it off. Works a treat. Sounds daft but it really does work.
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Do the old Cillit BANG test
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As Jason says, use Cillit Bang on the Rocker Covers, it really does work, Just go nuts liberally and use a hard paintbrush to agitate it all up, then dry off with a damp cloth.

Also, on the black plastic covers use Autogylm bumper care, brings those up a right treat, and also use it on the cambelt casing on the left hand side.

Here's a before and after pic of my GTV Twinny engine bay:



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Does look better its a shame they get so dirty!
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Aye! Rust is soluble so you'll find that once you get a couple of little nicks in the chrome and some rust on the steel underneath, if they get wet again (as the intake pipes are prone to do) the rust dissolves and spreads over the surface, making it look more extensive than it is. The Solvol is excellent for cleaning "smears". It also provides some protection to the chrome you just exposed again.. but you have to keep on it, to prevent the same process happening again.

For the rocker covers.. if you over work alloy it starts to oxidise, so while a chemical cleaner will remove grease and dirt, if you want to get rid of the oxidation there are not many tools available. You can try wire wool if your covers are not lacquered or painted.. some fellas have chromed theirs.. but the alloy there doesn't like being chromed particularly either... the plating doesn't always "take". You can do worse than stove enamel them in bright silver.

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