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Cheap DIY fan refurbish

I currently have my fan and fan shroud out due to alternator problems so I figured that I would try to clean them up a bit. I'm not looking to paint them or anything like that but I would like to know if there is anything I could do myself to get rid of the corrosion to get a more solid(ish) grey look. Is it possible to sand of polish it away?



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glass bead blast. Then there is a product that everyone says is great (cant remember the name some type of oil I think)
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I think that the Gibbs Penetrating oilt is what some people have used.

GIBBS Brand Penetrating Oil

From the pictures that I have seen, the fans come out pretty good.
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I hand sanded mine with many grades of paper. Lots of fun.
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Thank you for replying! I'm in Sweden so I guess that the Gibbs oil might be hard to find over here but I'll look for something similar and try that. Maybe I can combine it with some sanding...

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Björn,
I used a fine steel wool and Scotchbrite pads to clean mine up. While it isn't perfect, the fine patina it retained matches the rest of the engine bay quite well. I didn't want an over-restored look or a painted look if I could avoid it.

Before (as I found the car = filthy!):



After (lots of work, not just the fan):

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I currently have my fan and fan shroud out due to alternator problems so I figured that I would try to clean them up a bit. I'm not looking to paint them or anything like that but I would like to know if there is anything I could do myself to get rid of the corrosion to get a more solid(ish) grey look. Is it possible to sand of polish it away?



Cheers, Björn
My 75 tranny looked like this. I cleaned the heck out of it with degreaser. Then I sprayed the hell out of it with gibbs (ebay) and let it sit (still sitting as it's too cold to install) and the tranny looks almost new.
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Bead Blast

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Chet, that is almost exactly the look I'm hoping for, as the rest of my car is kinda worn and a painted fan would look out of place. Thanks for the tip about steel wool.

Tobluforu, Hadn't thought about finding Gibbs on e-bay, good idea!


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A good buffer with compound 3 hours later polished spray with clear done
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