Aluminum Intake manifold cleaning

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  1. 97stanger

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    This winter I'm going to be setting up a breather catch can on my setup due to getting some blow by. I'll be ripping the passenger valve cover off to have some bung work done for the AN fittings, and while I have this apart I need to get my Edelbrock Vic Jr manifold cleaned up. I have done some research on what guys recommend doing, but just looking to see if anybody on here has ever had their aluminum manifold cleaned up? Powder coated? Jet Hot? Sand blasted? Painted/cleared? I read mixed things on just about every option out there...

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    polish it. your fingertips will hate you
     
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    I know it's not a mustang but on my Charger I sanded the top surface to smooth it then had it powder coated sparkle silver

    Before and after

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    That looks great. Now how is powder coat supposed to hold up to heat?
     
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    Powdercoat holds up worlds better then paint, the actual PC process involves baking the part in an over at 350-400 degrees so yeah, an intake will be fine

    I ended up going with the chrome fuel rails, didn't like the way the red looked once installed so I swapped them

    Someday I will figure out how to get a pic that shows the sparkle in the sun but this gives you a good idea

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    powder is also better for spills, it should be powdered already.
     
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    That looks great man. So far I'm leaning towards a bead/sand blast to get it all cleaned up, and than having it powder coated. Thanks again!

    Thats a good point. Edelbrock's don't come powder coated, unfortunately. Just a dull aluminum cast finish