[200q20v] valve cover gasket ...questions along the way

Kneale Brownson knotnook at traverse.com
Thu Aug 10 20:02:18 EDT 2000

There's also always that OTHER option:  chrome plating.

At 05:42 PM 08/10/2000 -0400, WARATAP at aol.com wrote:

>In a message dated 8/10/00 5:22:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
>pjrose at frontiernet.net writes:
> > (2) Is there a safe,  painless, non-abrasive aluminum cleaner that will
> >  brighten up the valve cover? I've sprayed the outside of it pretty
> >  thoroughly with brake cleaner and scrubbed with a cloth. The excess 
> oil and
> >  dirt are gone, but the cover still has a somewhat dingy look, which I
> >  suppose is probably unavoidable--given the oxidizing tendency of aluminum
> >  and the roughness of that casting.
> >
>Hmmm...isn't the valve cover actually painted and not exposed aluminum?  If
>so, your options would be to clean it up as best you can (I've found Esprit
>wheel cleaner and a wheel brush or equivalent work very well).  Or you could
>have it sandblasted and polished (if you really wanted to go that route), and
>then you'd probably want to dress up this and that and before you know it,
>you'll want to drive around without the hood ;-).
>'91 200q20v with a few mods...
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