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    Default Lacquer a cylinder head

    I'm planning to rebuild my panhead this winter. I got an okay matching head but for whatever reason it is a bit shiny. Someone decided it was a good idea to paint, clear or lacquer coat it.

    With a razor blade I took off a bit on the underside of one of the fins. Fairly inconspicuous spot I figured. It came off just fine.

    Why would somebody do this? Is it an old hotrodder's trick?

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    Tom

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    No trick at all, people just like to paint things all the time....... Why I don't know.................


    Take the paint off it will look better and it's easier to clean.............

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    Maybe someone thought it would prevent corrosion. There's no mechanical or thermal reason to add a layer of clear paint to a head.

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    Thank you. I figure that it was just a dumb thing to do. It will give a lot of extra, unnecessary work to remove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomsoftail View Post
    Thank you. I figure that it was just a dumb thing to do. It will give a lot of extra, unnecessary work to remove.
    If you have access to a glass bead cabinet it would be a piece of cake.............

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    I wish! I see they have them at China Freight for about $275, that includes 40lbs of media. Not a lot of money but then again I'd need to seriously upgrade my compressor. Mine is a 120v 5 gallon type. I run a lot of tools with electricity versus compressed air.

    The heads will eventually get to a machine shop that can perform this service.

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    Or save $250 and get two aerosol cans of Aircraft paint remover. Spray em down, wait 30 minutes and hit then with a soft brass or copper brush.

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    try brake clean it might just spray that stuff right off. also check you tube for the cheap coke bottle sand blaster have not tried it yet myself, its 20 degrees and snowing. heard aquarium sand is finer and might work better for motor parts, gears and flywheels ect.

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    I had mine vapor blasted for $125 and looked better than new.


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    Geez. That came out fantastic! It looks like a nice service for sure.

    I did look at several DIY methods on YouTube and am slightly more encouraged today than yesterday.

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