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Question Differential Cover Cleaning

What is the best cleaner for the aluminum differential cover? I've tried brake cleaner, carb cleaner, various aluminum wheel cleaners, wire brushes attached to a drill,and high presser washer. And still can't get it completely clean. I've gotten the rust off the rectangular block on the back that hooks to whatever bracket it attaches to, but it looks like some kind of grime and the wire brushes don't seem to take it off.

Anybody got any suggestions as to a chemical I can spray on this ans clean it?
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Try a mild acid like a rim cleaner, or you can try a stronger chemical like air craft paint remover. You can pick it up at your local auto zone or any auto parts store.

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Easy off oven cleaner? LOL no really gas could work.
Well I guess I'll try that, I already used a quart of lacquer thinner and that didn't work,
although it cleaned the inside to an almost new appearance.

Gasoline it is then. I'll let ya know if it worked tomorrow, unless for some reason
it catches on fire, then I'll be really, really mad.

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careful......it ate some aluminum stuff i was cleaning on a diff case for a yerf dog, go-kart.
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I did mine by sand-blasting then powder -coated
When you write power coat it, are you referring to the aluminum part or the whole pumpkin case? If it's the whole case then I'll sand blast the steel part then send it to

http://nitroplate.com/

to get it shinny. I'm just looking for the aluminum cover. Please be specific.
Not being nasty, just want clarification.

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Just the back cover , the rest cleaned up well so I just put a few coats on the Punkin A friend at Harvick Racing done the back cover not sure if he used sand or soda .



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Just the back cover , the rest cleaned up well so I just put a few coats on the Punkin A friend at Harvick Racing done the back cover not sure if he used sand or soda .


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....Still just a heavy iron case

Since we got people commenting on weight and diff covers quick question>>> whats heavier the LPW cover or the stock cover with a billetflow or similar custom brace
?

I also agree bead blasting is the best and if you can do that instead then by all means. But if you want to be cheaper about it then you have to resort to more primitive methods like a scuff wheel meant for body work that you can attach to a drill. And just scuff the crap out of it and it will shine with time. There are many wheels that can do this job Im sure just throwing you an idea.

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Okay, gasoline didn't work. Going to try Easy off oven cleaner. I was told that it would work well, and I am a little on the lazy side of this type of job. I will let ya'll know how that works, after I try it. If that doesn't work, I'm going to use acid. And if that doesn't work, I'm sand blasting the darn thing.

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Easy Off worked very well for my truck's engine, it got most of the baked on oil from the leaky push rod cover. However, if you're looking for results like Darren's, you'll probably want to blast it.

On my differential I scrubbed with Simple Green and a small wire brush then hit it with brake cleaner, it left a lot to be desired but it's good enough for now...

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I personally gave up trying to get that "clean look" myself. I dont think it can be done with just cleaning solutions alone. Youll need some physical abrasive.

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I personally gave up trying to get that "clean look" myself. I dont think it can be done with just cleaning solutions alone. Youll need some physical abrasive.
Will, it's already got me P-O, so I think I'll stick it back together and leave well enough alone. It's not going into a car that is for show, and the car is slammed what looks like 2" anyway, so who the hill of beans is gonna see it anyway?


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Will, it's already got me P-O, so I think I'll stick it back together and leave well enough alone. It's not going into a car that is for show, and the car is slammed what looks like 2" anyway, so who the hill of beans is gonna see it anyway?


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I thought a little cleaning would help it too but it didnt all I did was clean off excess grease and dirt. Its better than nothing but the best I got was a dull silver look.

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I'd rather do it right the first time and sand blast. Every time I hear about you guys using purple power or simple green, make sure you're in a well-ventilated area.

I'm not sure about most areas, but there is a place near me that is called "U-Spray". You basically take your part or parts to a place where you sand blast your own parts for a dollar a minute. They use 36 grit Aluminum Oxide (Like sand) or plastic media. Do a Google search in your area for a DIY sand blasting shop.

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I'd rather do it right the first time and sand blast. Every time I hear about you guys using purple power or simple green, make sure you're in a well-ventilated area.

I'm not sure about most areas, but there is a place near me that is called "U-Spray". You basically take your part or parts to a place where you sand blast your own parts for a dollar a minute. They use 36 grit Aluminum Oxide (Like sand) or plastic media. Do a Google search in your area for a DIY sand blasting shop.
If I'm going to go through the time to pull the guts out and sand blast, then I'd send it to this place and have them cover it.


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Just had the diff sand blasted today at a DIY place I was talking about. Only took 6 minutes at $1.75 a minute. $11 something plus tax. Whatever the price, a lot less hassle then doing it with chemicals and wire brush.

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Dude that is fantastic results for that money and not having the mess at home is a plus. Makes me wonder what I would blast??? I dont have any iron to clean and the luminum I run looks 4 years old aka clean.

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Powder coated in less than 24 hours and $40 at a place not too far from me.


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Looking good Josh, now it's time to do the cover!

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Get the cover done in your alpine green would look cool

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Get the cover done in your alpine green would look cool
Thanks guys! I love it, they did a great job.

I was thinking a silver or chrome if it's not going to cost that much.

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