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Hate your raw cam covers? Polishing is an option!

I had a guy give me a set of cam covers off his 06 GT Mustang since he knew I do polishing of various parts. He wanted to see what a set would look like polished up since most people just hate the raw covers Ford put on these cars.
I was a bit board after making a big sale the other day, so I took one cover and put it to the wheel to gauge the quality of the metal and casting. There was a fair amount of porosity, it was nothing that is going to be insurmountable and just a rough prep and slight buff shows an outstanding promise to make a VERY quality piece when fully prepped in a more through sequence.
Here are the results of the quick job. Bare in mind that was just to give me an idea of what the end product will look like.

Sorry for the poopy pics. My Camera is out of batteries and had to borrow my partner's camera in his office.

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In working in earnest on the cam covers on Sat, I've come to the conclusion that these ARE made out of magnesium. There's just no way that aluminum will have the color that these do. While testing other buffing compounds, the wheel loaded up differently with the rougher compounds than they do with aluminum.
There is a fair amount of porosity in the casting, but I don't think it's insurmountable.......just pizzing me off a bit! LOL!
I should have a pair finished tomorrow sometime................maybe!

A BULLITT owner that was with me on Sat said I should tease you guys with the buff I have on the covers right now.
Since he saw these covers Sat morning, he said these are HIS and I'm not to sell them to anyone! LOL! It's pretty funny watching him salivating at these cam covers as I make progress on them and him making REPEATED comments like, "Damn! Those are gonna look killer on the car!"

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Very nice... And you are correct about them being magnesium.


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I like the first set of pictures better since they are made of Gold.




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Very nice... And you are correct about them being magnesium.
It's been a while since I played with magnesium. I like the finish. It's between chrome and highly polished aluminum.
I'll bet that I'll need to ZoopSeal these to keep them at this level, but I can't remember how well my old wheels held up to oxidation way back when.

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It's been a while since I played with magnesium. I like the finish. It's between chrome and highly polished aluminum.
I'll bet that I'll need to ZoopSeal these to keep them at this level, but I can't remember how well my old wheels held up to oxidation way back when.
They will oxidize fairly rapidly without a coating.

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Very nice... And you are correct about them being magnesium.
Wow... no kidding.

Would make for one hell of an engine fire.

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They will oxidize fairly rapidly without a coating.
But only a little quicker than aluminum. I'm still going to seal this first set with ZoopSeal. One other guy that came by is more of a show car guy and I'll bet that he'll want them uncoated and hell just maintain them with Mother's Billet polish for the highest shine.

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I'll be curious to hear how long they last.

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I'll be curious to hear how long they last.
With ZoopSeal, well over a year on 04 Cobra cam cover I done..........and then it was just a simple polish with no buffing.

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With ZoopSeal, well over a year on 04 Cobra cam cover I done..........and then it was just a simple polish with no buffing.
Do you have to reapply periodically?

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Do you have to reapply periodically?
Not with ZoopSeal.
Normally the stuff last about 2 years with just a wipe off with windex or detail spray.

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So where do you find this magical stuff?

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So where do you find this magical stuff?
I DID get mine from Eastwood.
ZoopSeal Deluxe Kit

Direct is cheaper
http://www.zoopseal.com/products.htm

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:kooky: looks very good. I am debating powdercoating or polishing myself

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:kooky: looks very good. I am debating powdercoating or polishing myself
If you get them coated, be SURE to check the baffles! I've heard of them not being cleaned and the engine craps because of it.


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