Date registered: Mar 2008
Vehicle: 1973 450 SL
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I am presently in the process of refinishing my 1973 450SL engine bay to "As New" condition. All parts that originally were Cad plated (that can be re-plated) have been removed and are in the process of cleanup. Hopefully I will get those in sometime in the next week.
I made the mistake of starting to polish the manifold with fine wire brushes and a drummel and have a really nice finish on it, however what I have lost in the process is the original "white gray" appearance. After reading several forums on the subject it was advised to use soft brushes and mild cleaners so that the original finish wouldn't be lost, but it's done now and there is no turning back.
I have the option of re-installing it "as is" and waiting for the natural oxidation to take place, but I have no idea how long that will take or how it will turn out in the end. I have been reading about Eastwood's Aluma Blast spray paint which will restore the original color, and is supposed to withstand up to 250 degrees. I am not sure if the area of the manifold exceeds 250, so if anyone has any advice, I sure would like your comments.
Have any of you used this product, and if so, what is your opinion?
I am also having the original alternator rebuilt and refinished plus the engine bay is getting a new OEM EFI electrical harness and OEM belts. All hoses have been replaced with OEM.
There will likely be a few pieces that won't have the original look because you can't Cad plate electrical/mechanical components, but in the end it should look quite good.
Comments and suggestions would be appreciated.