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Old 05-06-2010, 11:14 AM   Thread Starter #1
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I am not an expert or a pro, I am not telling you this is the way it is done or has to be done.

This is what I did and used to polish my plenum, I made this thread to help others.

If you know a better or faster way to do this by all means post how, we are all here just to help each other.

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This job took me 25 hours over 4-5 days. If I had done it over 2 days and had a larger compressor I think I could have done it in much less time, around 16 hours possibly.

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I have seen a few zeds online here with a polished oem upper plenum and liked it so I decided to do mine. Some have done them themselves others have paid around $300 to get them done professionally.

Here is some of the equipment I needed to complete this project
-Safety glasses
-respirator
-ear protection
-gloves
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I bought an extra plenum to polish that way my car would still be drivable. What it looked like when I stared, rough and dirty.

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After 4 hours of using an air grinder with a 40 grit flap disk and a Rotary tool with a grinding stone. (should have took less time but even with 2 compressors I still had to wait for them to keep up)

Here is some of the equipment I needed to complete this project
-Air grinder
-40 grit flap disk
-Rotary tool with and assortment of grinding stones
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On a small part of the plenum you can see I did a few more steps to see some shine, (I wanted some motivation lol)

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After another 4 hours of using an air grinder with a 80 grit flap disk and a Rotary tool with a grinding stone and 80 grit flap wheel. (should have took less time but even with 2 compressors I still had to wait for them to keep up)

Here is some of the equipment I needed to complete this project
-Air grinder
-80 grit flap disk
-Rotary tool with and assortment of grinding stones, sanding wheels and flap wheels.
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On a small part of the plenum you can see I did a few more steps to see some shine, (I wanted some motivation lol)

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After another 6 hours of using an electric orbital sander with 80 grit sand paper, 120 grit sand paper and 220 grit sand paper. A Rotary tool with a 80 grit flap wheel and wire wheel. (should have took less time but even with 2 compressors I still had to wait for them to keep up)

Here is some of the equipment I needed to complete this project
-5 inch electric orbital sander
-80 grit sand paper
-120 grit sand paper
-220 grit sand paper
-Rotary tool with and assortment sanding wheels, flap wheels and wire wheels.
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After another 3 hours of wet sanding by hand with 400 grit and 800 grit. A Rotary tool with a 80 grit flap wheel, wire wheel and sanding wheel.

Here is some of the equipment I needed to complete this project
-400 grit wet sand paper
-800 grit wet sand paper
-Rotary tool with and assortment sanding wheels, flap wheels and wire wheels.
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After another 2 hours of using an air die grinder with a felt/cloth wheel and a black compound/bar.

Here is some of the equipment I needed to complete this project
-Air grinder
-an assortment of felt/cloth wheels
-black compound/bar
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:16 AM   Thread Starter #2
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After another 2 hours of using an air die grinder with a felt/cloth wheel and a White compound/bar.

After another 2 hours of using an air die grinder with a felt/cloth wheel and a Red compound/bar.

After another 2 hours of using an air die grinder with a felt/cloth wheel and Metal polish

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Here is some of the equipment I needed to complete this project
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-Red compound/bar
-Metal polish

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I also polished my strut bar. The bar is made of steel not aluminum so it can rust. The bar is not on the bar and was finished 4 weeks ago. It has been stored in the garage since then and shows no signs of rust. I am thinking/hoping that if I keep a protective coating of polish on the car it will not rust. If it does rust I will sand it again and clear coat it, or just reinstall my other oem bar.


Here is some of the equipment I needed to complete this project

-5 inch electric orbital sander
-Rotary tool with and assortment sanding wheels, flap wheels and wire wheels.
-Air grinder
-an assortment of felt/cloth wheels

-220 grit sand paper
-400 grit wet sand paper
-800 grit wet sand paper
-1000 grit wet sand paper
-black compound/bar
-Red compound/bar
-Metal polish

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i am not sure how long this took me, maybe 2-4 hours total.

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WOWWWWW that came out great... I dont have 25 hours to polish..
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im so doing this on my vacation next week
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im so doing this on my vacation next week
SSIM + Polish = Super di Duper!! lol
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WOWWWWW that came out great... I dont have 25 hours to polish..
Thats what im sayin but it looks great. Thanks Eddy
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I don't even have the patience for that long.
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man i polished the lip on my motorcycle wheel by hand and if i had to polish again its going to a shop. alot of work there
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I wouldn't have the patience for this. It looks awesome though.
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