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Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: January 12, 2019 12:21PM

I am just about ready to disassemble my engine, and I figured it would be a good time to clean and repaint my tin.

What methods do you like to use to clean them? Sandblasting? Hot tank? Soap and elbow grease?

My tin is pretty filthy aside from the turkey roaster, which I degreased and painted years ago.

Any suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

John Carver
Simpsonville, South Carolina

1964 Monza Convertible


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Re: Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: January 12, 2019 12:24PM

Scrape all the grease off, then clean it with a DE-greasing agent, once clean sandblast, prime and paint, Never blast greasy parts as the grease ruins the blast media.





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1960 4dr sedan caveman car
1961 Rampside (Chetside)
1962 Rampside (Barnside)
1962 Short Rampside (Shortside)
1962 Monza 700 Wagon
1963 Monza 900 coup (General Nader)

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Re: Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: January 12, 2019 12:28PM

I usually soak the part to get the grease off, and once it is softened, it comes off easily. Sand or glass bead to get all the paint off, and then prime and paint, or powder coat.

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Re: Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: Paulsgt ()
Date: January 12, 2019 01:11PM

I soaked mine in a plastic garbage can using simple green. I was in no hurry and soaked it for a few days at a time. Afterwards, I could hose it off. Once, clean it went in to the blast cabinet then painted.

Enjoy the Corvair!

Paul Sergeant
CORSA Central Division Director / CORSA Treasurer <-new title
Lee's Summit, MO
CORSA since 1975
Member – HACOA, Corvair Minnesota, CORSA, Little Indians, POCI



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Re: Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: playerpage ()
Date: January 12, 2019 02:29PM

Funny, I just did that about a week ago and now it's sitting around waiting for me to put the whole thing together again. My method was elbow grease and a whole lot of degreaser. I don't understand Blaster so there was that. But I also took sandpaper to the whole thing. And that was all done I sprayed it down with carburetor cleaner to dry out. I probably went through that process half a dozen times and then painted it with two coats of heat resistant paint on the underside and 6 coats of paint on the top.

Eric C. Player
Porterville, CA
- National Member, CORSA
- Member: Central Coast CORSA & South Coast CORSA
Former Member: Vintage CORSA Orange County. Member, ISA (Int. Screenwriter's Assn.), SAG Eligible, and Producer's Guild Aspirant


* Then: 1966 Corsa 180 Turbo, Red/1965 Monza 110 Purple/
1967 Monza 140 Red/1966 500 110 Black/1965 Monza 110 Yellow
* Now: 1966 Corsa 180 Turbo Project. Blue, Blue/Beige interior.



"Chevrolet's Corvair was a maverick machine, a rear-engined renegade born out of spite and genius." -- Sports Car Graphic, August 1969

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Re: Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: January 12, 2019 05:51PM

Steam Cleaner!smileys with beer

Only difficult part is keeping the sheet metal from flying away with the high pressure hot water.grinning smiley

Then into the sandblaster, perform body work on the tins, then paint.

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: rowin4 ()
Date: January 12, 2019 05:58PM

I say take it to the car wash. Cleans the grease off engines before disassembly also. Wear A rain suit and old shoes as you will get wet and splattered .

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Re: Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: playerpage ()
Date: January 12, 2019 08:48PM

"I don't understand Blaster." HA! I just caught that. I meant "I don't own a sandblaster." Stupid voice-capture.

EP

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Re: Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: 1963RedBrier ()
Date: January 13, 2019 03:47AM

I happen to be cleaning and painting some tins this week. After cleaning off the grease, I bead blast, then use two different RustOLeum products - Rust Reformer for the areas that once had surface rust, then Appliance Epoxy Black.

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Re: Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: Caraholic4life ()
Date: January 13, 2019 07:00AM

I stuck mine in the parts washer that I am storing for a friend. He had two and when he moved, only had room for one so I volunteered to "Store it" for him.
It has come in handy on several occasions.

1962 95 F.C. Van
1965 Monza Coupe
Westminster, Maryland

MID ENG enthusiast &
prior Kelmark owner.

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Re: Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: Setterz54 ()
Date: January 13, 2019 08:54AM

I put down some old newspapers or cardboard,get a old coffee can with varsol in itand old paint brush and go to it. Then dry it off and prep it for paint.

Setterz54
Fulton,MD.

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Re: Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: January 13, 2019 05:51PM

They still sell coffee in cans?grinning smiley

Frank DuVal

Fredericksburg, VA

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Re: Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: hardcase ()
Date: January 15, 2019 08:59AM

I soaked mine in a Harbor Freight parts cleaner with 3 gallons of Zep and the rest water. Then I used Purple Power in a spray bottle (it's what the local farm store had in stock) and a scotchbrite pad. After that, I used some dental pick-type tools and cotton swabs to get at the bits in the crevices. Finally, off to the powder coater and bead blasting.

I think that it comes down to some kind of degreaser and elbow grease.

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Re: Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: January 15, 2019 01:01PM

I usually have some old stinky gas around from Corvairs that have not been running for a long time. I use that with a parts cleaning brush in a pan. I pour the remnants into old logs in my brush burning pile. They burn pretty good. I'm actually getting down to just a gallon or so of bad gas. My wife says I stink when I've been doing it.

Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com

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Re: Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: Setterz54 ()
Date: January 15, 2019 04:09PM

Yeah Jim I get that too when I go back in house!

Setterz54
Fulton,MD.

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Re: Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: 65180 ()
Date: January 16, 2019 08:14AM

My powder coat shop sends my items that have grease attached to a machine shop he uses to hot tank these parts. It costs me $15 more for the service. You might consider checking with your shop.

Mike Lake
Tucson, Az
65 Corsa 180
65 Corsa 140 sold
66 Monza PG
66 Monza 4sp sold
61 Lakewood sold
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Re: Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: January 16, 2019 09:32AM

Copious amounts of elbow grease!tongue sticking out smiley

Corventure Dave

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Re: Engine Shroud Cleaning Methods
Posted by: alan_smithee ()
Date: January 16, 2019 11:56AM

playerpage Wrote:
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> Funny, I just did that about a week ago and now
> it's sitting around waiting for me to put the
> whole thing together again. My method was elbow
> grease and a whole lot of degreaser. I don't
> understand Blaster so there was that. But I also
> took sandpaper to the whole thing. And that was
> all done I sprayed it down with carburetor cleaner
> to dry out. I probably went through that process
> half a dozen times and then painted it with two
> coats of heat resistant paint on the underside and
> 6 coats of paint on the top.

Lets see what that engine looks like now! Love that color shroud!

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