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Some of you might have read an earlier post of mine where people look under the hood and think my silver painted Maggie is just a stock part of the engine. :thepan:
I regret not originally ordering it polished and now am looking to have it done. My performance guys (Big 3) said they can remove it and send it back to Magnuson to have it polished. I'm not against doing this but just wondered if any of you have ever gone through anything similar? I've never "polished" anything before and am not sure if this might be a good winter project or if it would be a real pain in the A*! :thehand:
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Seems like act of stripping the paint would suck along with keeping either the chemical or abrasive out of Maggie's guts. With all the intricate detail of the Maggie casting? Ack. Doable but time consuming.

Polishing itself isn't hard especially on big flat surfaces like a snowmobile tunnel where I use a Mother's PowerBall (big and mini). Another good polishing ball is a Flitz Ball.

And then there's the upkeep - if left "raw," repolishing will be a regular job; a clear coat would be good for low maintenance.

Good winter project? Fire up the two-stroke and enjoy the snow.
 

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I did the one I put on my Impala SS.











Like doing anything, ya gotta have the right tools/supplies. I used paint stripper. Then a lot of different carbide burrs to rough it out. Lots of small air gun abrasive pads of decreasing grits. MUCHO "elbow grease" because there are places you just can't get with tools. A high speed dremel tool with all the polishing attachments of various sizes and configurations. It took two 18 hour days and some final touch up by a professional. I went back and took the SVT off and put an SS emblem on the front. It takes a lot of time to do it right.
 

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I did the one I put on my Impala SS.











Like doing anything, ya gotta have the right tools/supplies. I used paint stripper. Then a lot of different carbide burrs to rough it out. Lots of small air gun abrasive pads of decreasing grits. MUCHO "elbow grease" because there are places you just can't get with tools. A high speed dremel tool with all the polishing attachments of various sizes and configurations. It took two 18 hour days and some final touch up by a professional. I went back and took the SVT off and put an SS emblem on the front. It takes a lot of time to do it right.

That looks great! I guess for that matter I may be better-off sending it out. Did you do anything to protect the polishing or is it raw? If it's raw, does it require much maintenance/upkeep??
PS--Your words on top of the piece of tape are hilarious!! Do they sum up the experience of the polshing process??
 

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I'm surprised that no one arround here has taken there silver painted maggie and just painted it with "BLACK KRINKLE PAINT". Same for the valve covers, and then install the red MSD coils. That would look absolutely sweeeet. :thumbsup:
I'll give ya that--I just think the polished maggie looks hawt and eliminates the gawkers from thinking its some type of fancy air cleaner!! :thepan:
 

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LOL, I almost forgot about writing on that tape. Yes, that sums it up. It was like 3 in the morning and I could barely hold the camera up to take the pic.

It was nice to be able to say, "I did it", but I'm not sure it was worth it. Definitely learned more about polishing aluminum than I really wanted.

I coated the polished blower/intake/fuel rails/A/C drier and my polished OEM wheels with several applications of ZoopSeal after they were finished. Only had to do touch up cleaning for the next 24 months.
http://www.zoops.com/zoopseal.asp

My favorite blower conversation at the gas station usually went like this (closed hood):
Them: "Yo, that car looks cool!"
Me: "Thanks, man!"
Them: "But whats that grinding sound your engine's makng?"
Me: "Oh that? It's just a bad bearing in my alternator. Need to get around to fixin that one of these days."

Shoot, almost forgot about doing those stupid turbos, too. Much easier job since they didn't have all those ribs that are on the charger.

 

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Here's a polished maggie. Should have it on within the next few weeks. :thumbsup:
That was not nice of you to post that picture!!! I'm so very jealous!! :mad:
 

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LOL, I almost forgot about writing on that tape. Yes, that sums it up. It was like 3 in the morning and I could barely hold the camera up to take the pic.

It was nice to be able to say, "I did it", but I'm not sure it was worth it. Definitely learned more about polishing aluminum than I really wanted.

I coated the polished blower/intake/fuel rails/A/C drier and my polished OEM wheels with several applications of ZoopSeal after they were finished. Only had to do touch up cleaning for the next 24 months.
http://www.zoops.com/zoopseal.asp

My favorite blower conversation at the gas station usually went like this (closed hood):
Them: "Yo, that car looks cool!"
Me: "Thanks, man!"
Them: "But whats that grinding sound your engine's makng?"
Me: "Oh that? It's just a bad bearing in my alternator. Need to get around to fixin that one of these days."

Shoot, almost forgot about doing those stupid turbos, too. Much easier job since they didn't have all those ribs that are on the charger.

Dude, you're out of control!!! :thumbsup:
 
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