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Valve chest cover finish

Post  JayBee on Sun 12 Mar 2017, 7:36 pm

I have polished up the outside edges of the valve chest covers fo my engine but am not sure how to finish off and stop them going rusty. I am interested to know what people have done to their covers. I would like them to remain bright and shiny if possible but is the only way to get them chrome plated? Will oiling them work or has anyone used a varnish that will stand up to the heat?

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Post  lynnr on Sun 12 Mar 2017, 7:54 pm

Mine is black and plain metal. No bare metal parts have any rust due to the oiling and cleaning
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Post  JayBee on Sun 12 Mar 2017, 8:25 pm

That is helpful Lynn do you have to pay special attention after you have been out in poor weather. Like you I can't expect too much sunshine and dry weather.

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Post  lynnr on Sun 12 Mar 2017, 8:28 pm

Not really. As Crystal does have a rain hood. Unlike me.

Even when she did not have a roof. When in steam the rain cant really stay long enough and as you clean and oil that sorts it out. Th ebiggest problem was when she was cold display at a couple events the lagging got very wet and fortunately I discovered it earlier enough and removed all the wool blanket and replaced with wood.
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Post  JayBee on Sun 12 Mar 2017, 8:34 pm

Thanks, that also answers another thought that I have had as to whether I use the fibre lagging or go for wood. Looking on this site I think a few seem to have gone for wood lagging.

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Post  Robfishman on Sun 12 Mar 2017, 8:50 pm

My covers were polished and nickel plated.

I also polished all my motion and so far not a spot of rust, I do wipe over with an oily rag regularly which I'm sure helps.

I'll be using wood when I come to do my lagging next year.  I'll have to dig out the invoice to see what was recommended through.
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