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Hi.
Just wanted some thoughts on how to make the valve cover look better.
12 years ago I restored a 1970 230.6.. And then I used wet-sanding paper at first, then Autosol chrome polish to finish it off...
And I think that it might have been a little "overkill" with the Autosol..
Judge for yourself:






How would you make THIS valve cover look much better ?

 

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Polishing compound and...

a buffing wheel; however, bear in mind that when the car was brand new it did not have a "polished" valve cover, but more of a matte finish.

As an alternative, spray the coven down with brake cleaner to get most of the gunk off, and call it a day...

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Ok, I kind of hoped that it would be possible to get that "matt" finish back again..
Because I think the polished look was a bit overkill..

Maybe just wetsanding will du the trick.. ?
 

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Actually...

Aside from some corrosion at the front of the cover, it does not look too bad.

A fine "bead blasting" will return the matte or satin finish, but would likely be more costly than locating a good used cover in near new looking condition.

I think I would worry more about the rust issues, etc., at this juncture, and just thoroughly clean the valve cover for now.

Good luck on the project.

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Check the wheel cleaning products at GrandKragenPepZoneMart, and look for one that's not for painted or polished wheels. They're fairly-mild acid, and will return the surface to a clean, just-cast look.
 

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The OP is...

in Norway. Good idea, but I don't think "GrandKragenPepZoneMart" is going to work for him.

JR

Check the wheel cleaning products at GrandKragenPepZoneMart, and look for one that's not for painted or polished wheels. They're fairly-mild acid, and will return the surface to a clean, just-cast look.
 

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"GrandKragenPepZoneMart" ??
Doesn't mean much to me .. But thanks for the sugestion..
 

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Try Olaf's Otto Goodes.:D
 

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I always believe in originals and if you plan to sell this classic in the future, collectors would rather have a none shiny engine. Just probably clean it with gunk spray cleaner and then change the rubber tubings . I hope I have been of help.
 

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I hope to get the original matt-look finish yes.. Shiny "chrome"-like is no good ..
 
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