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Old 09-21-2010, 01:50 AM   #1
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Hey all, looking to do a good engine bay detail soon. I'm curious what everyones processes are for cleaning up the TMIC? Maybe a diluted apc ? Then settle + rinse? Should car be warm when this is done? Would it be easier to remove the IC and do it by hand?
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:11 AM   #2
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To add to the freshening....

What would be the best method of straightening fins? When I take the time to clean my TMIC I also want to do this, I am thinking of using a dull flat head screw driver. Any better methods? Radiator comb?
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Old 09-21-2010, 06:26 AM   #3
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I took mine off and filled it with E85 and cleaned it and then used tweezers to straighten the fins out.
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:43 AM   #4
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+1 on tweezers for this, never done a full one TMIC fix so to say but I have had luck with those for a touch up..
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:33 PM   #5
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to fix the fins use a pair of needle nose pliers, easiest way. and to clean the tmic get some aluminum cleaner. if u cant find tht get some aluminum foiler and water and use the foil as sand paper then wash off. it works wonders trust me
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Old 09-24-2010, 11:06 AM   #8
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wtf? Do they sell these in the store?!
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:53 AM   #9
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to fix the fins use a pair of needle nose pliers, easiest way. and to clean the tmic get some aluminum cleaner. if u cant find tht get some aluminum foiler and water and use the foil as sand paper then wash off. it works wonders trust me
^Really? you sir, are resourceful. Next detail day, im gonna give this a shot
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:15 AM   #10
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I can't believe that they have a special tool for that! Harbor Freight is awesome.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:34 AM   #11
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i leave mine on as its a pita.(spearco) but i use aluminum acid wash. i get it free from work. anyway i use that a couple of times and then dry it, then i use, i beleive bluemagic liquid polish, and go to town on turning it into a mirror shine.. and u can use the acid on anything alum. block,intake manifold, ect......
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:12 PM   #12
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Thats perfect ... theres always a tool to do a proper job.

If there isn't, what better time to make one!
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denatured alcohol works pretty well too. get it @ Home Depot.
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radiator fin straightener isn't gonna be worth your while...its designed for things with long columns of fins like a home AC unit. you're better off using a scribe or a pair of tweezers
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:53 PM   #15
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I modified a metal nail filer and carefully ran it in between each individual fin, while also running hot water through it using the kitchen sink faucet. It took awhile (about 30-45 mins total) but the tmic came out amazing! Looking like new...but obviously not since it was used.
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