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    rusty engine bay

    Does anyone else have a problem with rusty bolt heads, hose clamps, and other little metal parts under their hood. Mine looks bad. I went around last weekend painting everything with either silver or black paint just to make it look better. Also does anyone know where I can replace these with newer better looking ones. If anyone has a wrecked car with good parts Ill buy em. I cant stand having my car rusty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpAnKy WrX View Post
    Does anyone else have a problem with rusty bolt heads, hose clamps, and other little metal parts under their hood. Mine looks bad. I went around last weekend painting everything with either silver or black paint just to make it look better. Also does anyone know where I can replace these with newer better looking ones. If anyone has a wrecked car with good parts Ill buy em. I cant stand having my car rusty.
    i'd probably just spray them down with some wd40 then remove them and spray some paint on the heads of them that way they wont get rusted...
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    Try using vinegar. I used this technique a few times and my bolts came out nice and clean. It takes a long time to work though.
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    thanks for the replys guys. how long is a long time on the vinegar. ill have to pull some bolts out and try it out. also i know if you take a normal kitchen scuff pad to the intake, alt, or anything, ect. it cleans them up nice.
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    If you have a local machine shop.. a large parts cleaner and some high temp paint can do wonders

    If you don't have access to a machine shop you can look at some of the cheaper parts cleaners around on the internet and if nothing else you can get a fish tank, a fish air pump, a metal collinder, and some engine cleaner or vinegar or coke. It may need to sit for a day or 2 but the parts will come out nicely

    As for getting the bolts off they make some really nice cutting agents to get the rust to break off around the bolts
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    most of the bolts and other pieces are pitted from the rust. just any time i open my hood thats all i see is rust.

    i took a scuff pad to them and just bought a tough up bottle of silver and black. it looks semi good but its not show good. it drives me nuts. which i guess neither is my car yet so i dont have to worry to much about it yet.

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    if you use a scouring pad on them the rust will just build up worse. I'd try some enamel paint on the heads of them, whatever color you want for the color scheme of your car. Since your car is silver i'd either do black or a glossy blues and it will look pretty sharp especially after you degrease your motor, and maybe go with an engine sleeving kit to go around your hoses that will look really sharp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arthowell View Post
    If you have a local machine shop.. a large parts cleaner and some high temp paint can do wonders

    If you don't have access to a machine shop you can look at some of the cheaper parts cleaners around on the internet and if nothing else you can get a fish tank, a fish air pump, a metal collinder, and some engine cleaner or vinegar or coke. It may need to sit for a day or 2 but the parts will come out nicely

    As for getting the bolts off they make some really nice cutting agents to get the rust to break off around the bolts
    I have seen those reverse plating techniques online. They look pretty cool and do a great job of removing rust. This would be a quick way to return your bolts a good condition. It is not a simple solution but in no way is it super hard.
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