View Full Version : Not bad for stock valve covers

05-09-2006, 08:17 PM
Got bored not doing anything with the car yet so I decided to do some cleaning. I'm not done yet. Gonna give it another round of buffing then start on the other

05-09-2006, 08:24 PM
good @ looks.... :jest:

05-09-2006, 08:24 PM
Wow, looks much better! I am lazy, so I bought a set polished set off of ebay. Nice work though.

05-09-2006, 08:31 PM
Lookin' good man. I painted mine, but wished that they were polished instead.

05-09-2006, 09:29 PM
Cool, bro!

I'm lazy, and broke... so my valve covers are still the same as ever. :P

05-09-2006, 09:39 PM
And here are the 2 together

05-09-2006, 10:35 PM
Looks good! I did mine 2yrs ago and they still look as good as then. Get some nicer bolts for the coil packs and other stuff. Ace Hardware has a good supply of shiney metric bolts.

05-09-2006, 10:37 PM
i did the same mod, no hp. but relocate your coils and you will be OH SO HAPPY!

05-09-2006, 10:41 PM
Ok I'm gonna ask the typical question... what tool and polish did you use?

05-10-2006, 12:44 AM
Ok I'm gonna ask the typical question... what tool and polish did you use?

I did the same to the covers on my '98. I used a die-grinder with a fine wirewheel (made for cordless drills). It's not supossed to go over 2500 rpms, I was turning 25,000. :jest:

Make sure you wear safety glasses and what not.

I also did the outside of my throttle body and outsides of the MAF ends. I've got a new set of 99+ valve covers on the way that I plan on doing the same thing with. I'll post up some pictures of how it's done.

I'm not sure what this guy did, but mine look more or less the same, and it only took about 10-15 minutes per side if you keep at it.

There's some pics in that thread, but they don't give the valve covers credit. I've done 2 different throttle bodies, both turned out nice.

05-10-2006, 06:46 AM
Ok I'm gonna ask the typical question... what tool and polish did you use?
I have a big industrial bench top buffer with 1 wheel that cuts and smooths, the other polishes. Each has a block of clay material that you dress the wheel with. The pic doesn't quite show it but it's almost a chrome/mirror finish. I'll give them one more round of polishing then be done.

05-10-2006, 09:38 AM
I wonder is I took mine off and just used mothers alum polish, rag, and some elbow grease how mine would turn out

05-10-2006, 10:11 AM
That won't smooth it out. You can sand them. Start off using something like a 180 grit and work up to a 600 or higher then try the polish

05-10-2006, 12:22 PM
:| Better than stock, but don't quit your day job.

05-10-2006, 06:22 PM
They're not done I don't want to pay for chrome when I have so much free time :-)

05-10-2006, 08:07 PM
They're not done I don't want to pay for chrome when I have so much free time :-)
I'm just pulling your chain, I'm so glad to see someone actually learn the polishing technique.

I've wrote countless books of advice and products to use through pm's and posts and almost none spend just the minimum $100 needed to get the basic power supplies that I guide them to.

My sig says Chrome+P but the engine in the sig is totally polished.

You just need to sand a bit more in the grooves, go all the way down to 1200 grit paper and use this pad only from Eastwood from start to final buff along with tripoli only and use very light pressure on the part during the final go over with the same buff using your favorite paste polish.

I know you'll get to the next level with just these two items, especially the ventilated buff, it "slaps" the part. Buff Wheel Yellow Treated Ventilated

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