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Old 09-15-2011, 10:50 PM   #1
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Default What to use to protect bare aluminum???

So I am going about the process of removing my intake manifold to do tgv deletes replacing gaskets and such. While I am doing this I am going to sand it down and polish it to a mirror finish, along with my throttle body, and turbo cold side. I have an aluminum polishing kit and it works great. Tested it on part of the turbo, came out looking like a mirror. I have noticed that it collects black dust on it, I assume some for of oxidation. I am wondering if there is a sealant or a wax to use on bare aluminum, or just to now worry about it.
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:57 PM   #2
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Old 09-16-2011, 02:56 AM   #3
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thanks exactly what I was looking for
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Old 10-22-2011, 01:22 PM   #4
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Anodizing is pretty great
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anodizing
might be a little over kill
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Old 10-22-2011, 03:22 PM   #5
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^ I just learned about this in Autoshop.
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Old 10-29-2011, 03:56 AM   #6
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Aluminum is a self preserving metal, oxidizes the outer layer to protect the rest, it won't go any further. You can use a sealant, but it's not necessary.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:55 AM   #7
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Polish it, and powdercoat it clear.

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