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Old August 31st, 2005, 01:53 PM   #1
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Polished Intake Manifold: 3 days of hard labor

Well after three days of freaking hard labor.. and many many multiple rest breaks through out the three days, it finally paid off...







I used different grits of sand papers... 60, 100, 220, 400, 800...
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Old August 31st, 2005, 01:59 PM   #2
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looks blingin...
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Old August 31st, 2005, 02:03 PM   #3
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By hand or dermal? Looks very nice though. How many hours did it take?
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Old August 31st, 2005, 02:09 PM   #4
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Old August 31st, 2005, 02:17 PM   #5
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all by hand... took me 3 days to do this, breaks almost every so often, took about total 16 hours...

fyi: i took a metal shop class in middle school..
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all by hand... took me 3 days to do this, breaks almost every so often, took about total 16 hours...

fyi: i took a metal shop class in middle school..
I have an extra manifold for this purpose, would you do it for me and how much?
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Old August 31st, 2005, 02:44 PM   #7
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o hell no... like this one wasnt enough, you want me to go through that torture once again...

here's a tip, take it to a professional shop to polish it... it's more simplier, easier and faster...
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Old August 31st, 2005, 02:48 PM   #8
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o hell no... like this one wasnt enough, you want me to go through that torture once again...

here's a tip, take it to a professional shop to polish it... it's more simplier, easier and faster...
HAHA....I did, and they won't grind it down to make it smooth........they were just going to "dip" it....
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Old August 31st, 2005, 03:40 PM   #9
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Wow that looks soo good, i might have to break out the sandpaper
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Old August 31st, 2005, 04:29 PM   #10
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dang kiet, that looks really good, nicely done!
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Old August 31st, 2005, 05:43 PM   #11
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thanks guys... i wanna buy another aem v2, strip the paint off and get it polished up as well...

when i get it, i'll see if i want to do it myself again, or just have a shop do it for me... but i'll wait til then, i have other projects in mind...
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Old August 31st, 2005, 08:39 PM   #12
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came out nice, i like
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Old September 1st, 2005, 06:24 PM   #13
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i just bought the sandpaper and now the process begins gonna take me for ever though its worth it
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Old September 1st, 2005, 08:06 PM   #14
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good luck man... make sure you treat yourself to a hand massage when you done.. lol...
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Old September 1st, 2005, 08:11 PM   #15
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lol so far 2 hrs and no difference but its getting there my hands dont hurt either
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Old September 1st, 2005, 09:03 PM   #16
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did you take your manifold off to work on it? hmmmm wet sanding or just straight up dry sanding?
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Old September 1st, 2005, 09:12 PM   #17
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Looks great man, I guess that metal shop class paid off.
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Old September 1st, 2005, 09:15 PM   #18
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haha I tried and gave up on the project like 6 months ago. It didn't seem like making any difference after 1 hour of working so bleh.

Maybe I should try again.
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Old September 1st, 2005, 09:26 PM   #19
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did you take your manifold off to work on it? hmmmm wet sanding or just straight up dry sanding?
straight up dry...

i took the metal shop in middle school, and was one of the top 3 students out of all his classes.. unfortunately i wasnt the best metal shop student becuase i didnt get that plaque, but eh go the stupid school made print out paper, i dont care.. i still would have liked the plaque though.. lol...
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Old September 1st, 2005, 09:58 PM   #20
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straight up dry...

i took the metal shop in middle school, and was one of the top 3 students out of all his classes.. unfortunately i wasnt the best metal shop student becuase i didnt get that plaque, but eh go the stupid school made print out paper, i dont care.. i still would have liked the plaque though.. lol...
do you have any tips for doing this? its a nice project i think i wud like to partake in...
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Old September 1st, 2005, 10:24 PM   #21
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Kiet, you should write a DIY guide for all of us! Like um.. proper grade for sanding and stuff.
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Old September 1st, 2005, 11:02 PM   #22
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did you sand eveything Kiet or just the one that's showing? just curious
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Old September 1st, 2005, 11:57 PM   #23
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i only sanded the parts that was showing.. no point in wasting my time sand areas that arent going to be seen...

as for diy, its pretty simple...

buy different grits of sand paper.. one of those sand blocks are recommending too.. helps sand faster..

i started out with a 60 grit. the 60grit will just basically sand down all the bumps and grooves of the manifold so that its some what smooth...you want to get an even sand on the sand paper.. meaning, if you sanded on an area that has been sanded down already with a used sand paper, and you get a new sand paper and sanded that area, the scratches would be deeper and not even... you want to make sure this is all the same with the other sand papers as well...

when i was done, i used a 100 grit sand paper. same thing, you sand it down evenly....the scratches will still be visible at this point, but you work your way down... keep on sanding and getting even sanding areas... as you sand up higher to a different grit, you will also notice the dust getting more finer and finer... you will also start to notice the manifold getting smoother. less lines, and a little shinier..

then i used a 220 grit, same thing with the rest of the sand paper.. keep on sanding..... by this time, you will notice areas where you will catch fine lines that a 220 grit would probably not sand away.. i mean, you can try to get it off with a 220 grit, but it'll take you a while, best then to do is go back down to either the 60 or 100 grit and sand your way back up to remove that one fine line until you get back to 220 grit and you dont see the line no more... but like i said, you have to sand with the sand paper in a even spot...

after this, i used 400 grit... same thing like the rest... keep on sanding....

then with 800, keep on sanding... this is where i stopped sanding and started polishing.. i got the "Mothers" polishing compound, or something like that name... polished it and it got really really nice....


at 800 grit, i stopped... mine was shiny enough for me... i didnt want something chromed out or ne thing... just polished, so at this point, it was good for me, but i can always go back in with a higher grit and finish it off....

as for where to buy the sand paper.... i bought 60, 100, 220, 400 grit sand paper at home depot... i thought i was gonna be ok with 400 grit since that was the highest grit they had at home depot... but coincidentally i was at autozone and i saw that they had 800 and 1000 grit sand paper and i picked them up, and ended up returning the 1000 since i didnt use it...

the higher the grit sand paper you use, the more shinier it will become... 800 is good enough for me at the moment....

um, i think thats just really it as for a diy.. nothing to it really, common sense i guess...

like i said before, this is a project that takes A LOT of time and dedication... so if you think you will not finish this half way to it, dont even bother and take it a to professional shop...

edit: to help with the dust... use your mouth to blow (lol..) or have a blow dryer right next to you... when you start using the finer/higher grit sand paper, its best to use have a terry cloth to wipe up the finer finer dirts...

fyi, if you have a strut bar, its best to cover it up with a terry cloth, as the sand paper might scratch up your bar while sanding.
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Old September 2nd, 2005, 12:01 AM   #24
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Best DIY of the year!
I haven't read it but it is long so it must be good


I'll try it over this weekend and see how it goes
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Old September 2nd, 2005, 12:05 AM   #25
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lol... i think it is the most i've ever typed before too....

just to cut it down a little....

SAND and keep on SANDING....

fyi: your skin on your fingers will look retarded because of the sand paper and there will be dust on your fingers as well...
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Old September 2nd, 2005, 09:38 AM   #26
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use a vacuum instead of blowing on it. dont want that **** to get in anywhere.

looks pretty good for only going up to 800.
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Old September 2nd, 2005, 09:55 AM   #27
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the only word that can describe this....AWESOME!!

props bro
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Old September 2nd, 2005, 10:22 AM   #28
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thanks.. i guess you can use a vacuum too....

anyways, i painted my eye brows last night and finished up with my m3 lip.. Bought custom filled paint my tower paint.. they are awesome.... i'll post pictures later...
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 03:04 AM   #29
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thanks.. i guess you can use a vacuum too....

anyways, i painted my eye brows last night and finished up with my m3 lip.. Bought custom filled paint my tower paint.. they are awesome.... i'll post pictures later...
hahahaha at first, I thought you painted your own eye brows... I mean... YOUR eye brows. wth haha
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kiet i started doing mine its going well so far was wondering if you have like pit marks on yours tiny dots
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