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#1 Gabriel OFFLINE  

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Posted October 06, 2014 - 07:49 PM

Is there any way (besides sandblasting), to remove paint from an aluminum engine head? I was using a wire brush on a cordless drill, but it can't reach all the way down in between the fins. I'm trying paint remover (it's kind of hard to get all the surfaces coated, and, I'm not sure yet how good of a job it will do), but was wondering if there is any other way. Thanks.

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Posted October 06, 2014 - 08:04 PM

Sand blaster with crushed walnut shell is what I use.


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Posted October 06, 2014 - 08:04 PM

Is there any way (besides sandblasting), to remove paint from an aluminum engine head? I was using a wire brush on a cordless drill, but it can't reach all the way down in between the fins. I'm trying paint remover (it's kind of hard to get all the surfaces coated, and, I'm not sure yet how good of a job it will do), but was wondering if there is any other way. Thanks.

How about a brush that is used to clean copper fittings. U can cut the handle off and clamp in your drill plus they come in a lot of different sizes and are inexpensive . Just a idea I had.

Tom

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Posted October 06, 2014 - 08:36 PM

Aircraft Paint Remover does the job for me.

 

Ben W.


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Posted October 06, 2014 - 08:37 PM

Aircraft Paint Remover does the job for me.

 

Ben W.

 

Yep, a paint stripper will sure get in all those hard to reach places.  


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Posted October 06, 2014 - 08:47 PM

Yep, a paint stripper will sure get in all those hard to reach places.

Is it better than paint remover?

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Posted October 07, 2014 - 07:36 AM

Just blast it, OR, get it blasted. All those removers will be hard to get out of fins and may dry down deep and the head will still look old and used. Blasting makes look brand new!


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Posted October 07, 2014 - 08:41 AM

I use a cautic solution ( sodium hydroxide) to remove colored anodizing when I was polishing aluminum parts from my old Chevy.

Since you probably don't have access to that, I would go with the aircraft stripper from Autozone or Advance auto. It works well and doesn't damage metal.


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