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328 Engine Louvres

Discussion in '308/328' started by RussF, Mar 28, 2004.

  1. RussF

    RussF Karting

    Nov 1, 2003
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    About a year ago a thread had a suggestion that some type of gun blueing applied to the engine louvres would blacken them and restore them to a like new look. I can't find this in a search and am hoping that someone remembers the name of the product.

    Thanks.
     
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  3. hedge

    hedge Formula 3

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    I saw a 328 in a showroom in England on Saturday which had the louvres enamelled black. Apparently this is quite expensive to do, but only needs to be done once and provides a durable gloss finish..looked nice but I personally prefer the matt look (even though getting wax off them is a bugger).
     
  4. paulie_b

    paulie_b F1 Veteran
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    never heard of gun bluing on plastic. how bad is the condition of the plastic? can't you use a "black again" product to revive it? maybe you cna take it off the lid and re spray it semi flat black. if you are going to concours the car don't do anything away from the original look. IMO
     
  5. Dave328

    Dave328 Formula 3

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    They aren't plastic. They are anodized metal. Al I believe. I like the enamel idea though.

    Dave
     
  6. paulie_b

    paulie_b F1 Veteran
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    Dave is correct. Just don't make them too shiny.
     
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  8. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    I wipe 'em down (when cold) with a light oil.
     
  9. jimpo1

    jimpo1 Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Yeah, but what do you do with your louvers? :D
     
  10. GaryReed

    GaryReed F1 Rookie
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    I believe that I posted the info. It's called CLP by Break Free Inc.
    http://www.break-free.com/index.htm

    Just a few drops on a rag will clean up a louver nicely. Cost me $5.49 for a 4 oz. bottle at a local gun shop.
     
  11. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    Oh, sorry!

    The gun bluing must have thrown me! I meant the .357 and speed loaders.

    I don't wash the car at all. Cuts down on visor glare. LOL!
     
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  13. RussF

    RussF Karting

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    Thanks Gary. Breakfree is what I now recall as the name.
     

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