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« Reply #60 on: May 19, 2013, 07:55:37 PM »
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All wire wheels are not created equal and there were several approaches to cleaning things up. Wire wheels come in coarse, medium, and fine, and in brass and steel. I put the head to the wire wheel that is on my bench grinder. Instant shine with no scratching. I'm not sure what grade of coarseness that wheel is but it's gentle. All the small wheels for the electric drill I've used leave scratches, so test a small area first if you use one. 

For the jug it was just a very thin bottle brush and solvent. Working and working it in between every fin. Finished with a rub down of acetone using a scotch brite pad.

For the fan housing I started by hand cleaning with acetone and scotch brite.  The housing was unpainted and, I thought, pretty clean. But the rub brought up a lot of black.  Once the scotch brite pad came clean I used a variable speed buffer with a 10" wool wheel, that's what gave it the shine.  I might have used some Mother's aluminum polish, don't really remember. But the shine would be there regardless, the buffer is what makes it happen
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« Reply #61 on: May 20, 2013, 06:42:24 PM »
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Yeah your right about the wire brushes. A couple that I have tried have left little grooves in the head and various other pieces of the engine that I used as a test. Rummaging through my tools I did however find a wire brush that works with a drill that is fine enough that it doesn't cut or hurt your fingers when touched. I just tried it out and cleaned up the recoil cup real nice, leaves a good look once the grease has been cleaned off.

A visit to Home Depot today yielded not much in the way of selection for wire brushes. The only ones listed as fine were the bench kind you used. Any of the drill mounted brushes had no listing at all and the packaging is designed so you can't even get at the brush to feel it. An explanation of paint removal as one of the uses is kind of broad when looking for something more than just that as in this case.

Thanks for the info and I will pick up some acetone.

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« Reply #62 on: May 21, 2013, 01:31:33 AM »
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With my 299 cylinder which is all steel painted black, my boss who rebuilds and tunes mini motors, has a tank with heated caustic soda, set it in there for a while, took off all old paint and rust, nice job!! cleaned in between the fins nicely. ready for paint.
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« Reply #63 on: May 21, 2013, 04:12:29 PM »
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That sounds a lot easier and more thorough than a bottle brush Bill
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« Reply #64 on: May 21, 2013, 09:27:07 PM »
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Good system, he made it himself, hot water tank cut the top of and a way you go, but don't put aluminum in there!!! My motor should be going in soon, just timed it last night, still got som exhaust work to doo.
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« Reply #65 on: October 16, 2013, 10:38:04 AM »
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very nice work ..you'd get along great with my buddies who are doing a tin cab clone....
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