Using a Carbide Bead Burr (comes with Deluxe Kit)
A carbide burr can speed your work by quickly leveling rough pits or casting
flash. Keep the spinning burr moving when in contact with the surface to
avoid creating an uneven surface. Exercise care not to cut through the
casting wall on older severely rusted manifolds.
TIP: If you are using a pneumatic die grinder, regulate the air pressure down to the desired speed so that the trigger can be completely
depressed, assuring a secure grip and better control of the tool.
Using Abrasive Rolls Smooth the manifold using the die grinder with the included 4" mandrel and
80 grit cartridge rolls and tapers. If you used a carbide burr to begin the
smoothing process, work the 80 grit cartridges at about 90° to the previous
TIP: Using 60 grit flap disks on an angle grinder can speed up smoothing on
large, flat surfaces and curves. They are available in
4" and 41⁄2" sizes.
NOTE: Exercise care to avoid damage to gasket surfaces. Eastwood’s Gasket Cleaning Kit (46055) is ideal for removing old gasket material without damage to the surface. Caution: If the old gasket material contains asbestos, use paint remover and scrape by hand to prevent asbestos from becoming airborne. Dispose of asbestos material in accordance with local regulations.
NOTE: If you plan to match the cylinder head exhaust port to the gasket size: current high performance engine building practice indicates the exhaust manifold opening should be larger than the cylinder head exhaust ports to create a step that inhibits exhaust gases from flowing back into the combustion chamber. The Eastwood Porting Kit (46056) provides complete details.
• Once the pits have been smoothed out using the 80 grit cartridge rolls go
over the 80 grit scratches at right angles with the 120 grit abrasive rolls until
all 80 grit scratches are removed and blend in surrounding area.
Final Preparations for Coating
• Any remaining rust can be removed by abrasive blasting.
TIP: If you wish to impart a natural rough sand castle look to the smoothed
surface, try this technique: use a piece of 36 or 40 grit sand paper to hold
against the surface and gently hammer to transfer some roughness to
NOTE: If using rust remover, be sure to check manifold every
20 minutes and remove rust remover when part is rust free.
Leaving manifold in contact with rust remover longer than necessary
will damage the manifold.
• Wash manifold with and allow to dry
• Follow directions on can of high temperature manifold coating for
Eastwood provides durable manifold coatings in four colors: Satin Black, Factory Grey, and Silver.
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