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Cleaning the front of the Intercooler

 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:08 am    Post subject: Cleaning the front of the Intercooler Reply with quote

Can the front of the intercooler be cleaned with Alluminum Mag Wheel cleaner and a soft plastic brush? The reason I ask is because I want to paint the front of the intercooler but I wanna prep it first so that the paint sticks and looks good for a long time. Thoughts please. Also,I can't find radiator paint in a silver/alluminum color. Can I just use regular alluminum paint? Or any other kind of silverish spray paint? Thanks in advance.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to use vinegar on my Dad's aluminum shed. It has some kind of chemical reaction that opens the pores in the metal and allows the paint to stick. I had to wipe it down like cleaning a window, wait for it to dry and then start painting. It held for about 12 years before it started flaking off.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:31 am    Post subject: try this? Reply with quote

i've never used one but a fin comb looks like a nifty gadget.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwzwboqN5Cw



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice gadge OurPTGT but hat still doesn't answer my question about using alluminum mag cleaner...and I'll look into the vinegar thing but I still need to know what silvery paint I can use since radiator paint only comes in black.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think you are going to have much choice with silver paint, or in other words, they are going to be pretty much all the same. They are basically a clear base with a fine metalflake. If you are determined to do it just buy whatever is available and don't overthink it.

Vinegar is a mild acetic acid solution. If you check the labels at your supermarket you should see that the percentage is marked and some are more concentrated than others, bargain brands being the lowest. Just squirt it on and use a brush to loosen any dead bugs, etc. Rinse it off and blow dry.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2step wrote:
I don't think you are going to have much choice with silver paint, or in other words, they are going to be pretty much all the same. They are basically a clear base with a fine metalflake. If you are determined to do it just buy whatever is available and don't overthink it.

Vinegar is a mild acetic acid solution. If you check the labels at your supermarket you should see that the percentage is marked and some are more concentrated than others, bargain brands being the lowest. Just squirt it on and use a brush to loosen any dead bugs, etc. Rinse it off and blow dry.


OK 2step...thats the kind of diection and guidance I was looking for. I have some generic vinegar jugs that I use to add to the laundry when I wash my dog's blankets and beds so I'll try using that with a spray bottle and a new soft plastic bristle brush then using a different bottle with RO water in it to rinse it off. Is there any benefit/detriment to using high temp alluminum paint on the front of the intercooler?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A paint rated for "outdoor" for sure. I don't have any idea if the High Temp paint is better because I don't see that the temp would be all that high. But what do I know? Razz

I didn't spend a lot of time searching but I found this link in under a minute......
http://www.ehow.com/how_6760636_paint-aluminum-vinegar.html

You could do your own internet search using some key words and get more answers.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:24 am    Post subject: Re: try this? Reply with quote

OurPTGT wrote:
i've never used one but a fin comb looks like a nifty gadget.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwzwboqN5Cw


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it wont work anyway.
i use aluminum mag cleaner on mine all the time

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stay away from high temp paint...

they tend to be more of an enamel that will insulate the fmic... just go with a basic outdoor paint and do on a couple VERY light coats...

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks OurPTGT and Apex!...I appreciate the guidance. So,clean with Alluminum Mag Wheels Cleaner and soft plastic bristle brush,Rinse,Dry,paint with light coats of outdoor grade/non-enamel silver paint...

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