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Polished Fuel Rail Cover

Old 03-26-2007, 05:50 PM
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Default Polished Fuel Rail Cover

So I decided that I would try and polish my fuel rail cover.

I will let you all know now that if you don't have any power tools to help you when you do this it is some tough work to do.

Here is my brief writeup. Sorry no pictures of the process.

Tools Needed:

1. Sandpaper (60,150,220,320,400,600,800,1000 and 2000 for wetsanding)
2. A couple rags
3. A metal polish I used, MOTHERS Mag & Aluminum Polish.
4. Soap, Nothing to harsh. Hand soap will do just fine.
5. Water, of course for the wetsanding. Might want to have a small dish too or just use the sink.
6. Paint stripper, I used Aircraft Coating Remover.
7. Sanding block
8. Steel Wool


1. Remove the Fuel Rail Cover from the engine bay. It is very easy as it just pops right off.

2. Clean any dirt and grime off now with some soap and water and then dry it off with a rag.

3. In a well ventilated area lay the fuel rail cover out on some newspapers or inside a box top of some kind.

4. Spray a medium to heavy coating of the Aircraft Coating Remover on. Let it sit for 30 minutes.

5. Rinse the fuel rail cover off good and start to sand using the 60 grit paper. You will have to sand kind of hard to start taking off the clear coat that is on the fuel rail cover.

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all that is left is bare Aluminum. Inbetween sandings with the 60 grit clean the fuel rail cover of all grime and dirt etc... This took me a better part of a day to do. I also used up almost the entire can of Aircraft Coating Remover.

7. Now we can start sanding with the other grit sandpapers. Take your 150 grit now and start sanding away. I would suggest going over the entire piece twice then rinsing it off and drying it and sanding it again with the 150, rinse it off again and sand again with the 150 then rinse off again. So basically sand the fuel rail cover three seperate times with the 150 grit.

8. Do the same as in step 7 with the 220,320,400,600,800 grit sandpapers.

9. Once you have finsihed with the 800 grit sandpaper your ready to wetsand with the 1000 and 2000 grit sand papers. Again clean the fuel rail cover off again but don't dry it this time. Leave it wet. In the dish and or a sink fill wil water and put the soap in it as well. Soapy water is what we are looking for here guys and gals.

10. Squirt some extra soap onto the fuel rail cover as well. Now dunk your 1000 grit sandpaper in the soapy water and let any extra water drain off before sanding. Now sand the fuel rail cover with the 1000 grit paper. You will see it starting to get grey looking. Keep sanding it. Now rinse the fuel rail cover off and sand the fuel rail cover another three times. Just repeat step 10 three more times.

11. No repeat step 10 with the 2000 grit paper.

12. Once your done with the 2000 grit paper dry the fuel rail cover off. Your ready to rub it down with some Steel Wool. Do this a few times and then wipe the fuel rail cover down.

13. Now apply the polish you picked out. Wipe the polish off then...

And your done!

Here is a before picture.

Here are some after pictures before I went back and sanded it again because I wasn't happy with the outcome.

Here are some pictures after I resanded it today.

The lighting is bad in my room.

Reinstalled Pictures

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