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Brighten Aluminum Engine Parts?

Anyone know of a good way to brighten the aluminum engine parts besides a blasting method?


I'm not really looking for a super finish, but I just want to brighten up some parts before I put them back on. They are still very dull and dark looking after I cleaned and degreased them.


Basically most of the engine is broken down and apart so the parts I wanna brighten up are off. So if I gotta fully submerge them or whatever I can do it.
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the old wire brush and elbow grease never fails.
It doesn't seem to help much. I got wire brush on a drill and it doesn't phase the rocker pan covers.
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Don't whatever you do have any engine part sand blasted. You will never get all of that stuff out and it will end up inside your nice new engine.

You can polish Aluminium and then coat it for a mirror finish or just carefully clean it up a bit with some scotch brite pads, again being careful about debris, for a nice satin/mat finish. The finish will deteriorate and begin to oxidise eventually but the smoother you get it the easier it is to clean up the next time.

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truckers use a acidic spray on there tanks and dump beds sometimes. this actually etches the part. It doesn't leave it shiny but a consistent whitish aluminum look. Some wheel cleaners are based on the same thing.


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