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Polished Aluminum Valve Covers
#1
Has anyone tried or have experience trying to clear coat or have a clear powder coat applied to polished aluminum valve covers? I like the look of the covers I ordered but am concerned about trying to keep them looking nice under the hood.

73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

- Jason


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#2
I'm going to do the same, interested to see any ideas.

Larry
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#3
These polished covers had hard water spots that would not polish out.

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I'm not a fan of polished aluminum from that experience and looking forward
to clear coat options.

Paul
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#4
http://www.sharkhide.com/

I haven't used their products so can't comment on effectiveness.

73 conv. 460, D0VE large valve heads, Performer RPM manifold, Voodoo 227/233 cam, Holley 950 HP carb, C6 trans, 3.25 trak-loc.
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#5
Well heck they even use a shot of a '73 in part of their advertising.

73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

- Jason


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#6
There's a product called shine seal. You can buy it at Summit Racing. There's also videos out there. I don't know how it holds up the heat but you can call the manufacturer and ask

- Jim
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#7
sdstang;289378 Wrote:There's a product called shine seal. You can buy it at Summit Racing. There's also videos out there. I don't know how it holds up the heat but you can call the manufacturer and ask


Here is that video link: BTW this is not an endorsement by me - just thought I'd provide the link...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4yLav0_3a8


Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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#8
Wow. Thanks for the suggestions. I also talked to my local powder coat place and they asked if I could bring down the valve covers for them to look at. I will post up what they say as well.

73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

- Jason


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#9
Got an update on this. Stopped down at my local powder coat place to talk about the valve covers. They has a sample polished alum valve cover that they had coated 4-5 years ago for an employee. He ran it on his car for 2+ years. It still looked like new. Only thing that they wanted to really point out to me was the clear powder coat will make the aluminum appear just a shade darker. (not much). Being OK with this I said lets go for it. They are going to polish them up, smooth out the finish and clear powder coat them. All for $65 plus tax. I will be able to pick them up next week and post up some pics.

73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

- Jason


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#10
That sounds like a great deal.

351w - Ford racing GT40X 178 cc aluminum heads - Ford racing(crane) 1.7 roller rockers - Comp Cams 280H magnum cam .544" / .544" lift - ARP hardware - hedman longtubes - magnaflow exhaust with X pipe - Duraspark - MSD digital 6al box - MSD TFI coil - optima red top battery - tuff stuff 140 amp alternator - weiand stealth intake  - edelbrock 1406 600 carb  - march pullies and brackets - Be cool fan controller - derale electric fan - FMX trans - motive 4.11 gears - traction lok - lakewood traction bars.                                            










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