I started the second cleaning pass for the engine tins, this time my soapy-water pass.
I usually degrease first with solvent, then wash with soapy water and dry, then sand and detail work, then wash and clean again, then prime. Yeah, media blasting would save me a lot of man hours in this.
Murbella’s tin needs basic welding repair and that will prove difficult.
I went through my stock of other VW original tin and realized that I had a 1/2 cylinder tin that is not damaged at the #2 spark plug screw mount like Murbella’s is.
I put it through degreasing and cleaning and we’ll have to see how that surface corrosion sands off. I may just replace it with this one if everything turns out fine.
I have been working on sanding down the EGR pipes and prepping them for paint the past few days.
While not the exact gray color, I did find an enamel that is just a tad lighter so I went with this.
I got about 3 coats on and they look great.
You really only see the long pipe when you open the decklid. The electronic valve sits between these two pipes and the smaller one feeds back to the rear of the throttle body where it injects the exhaust gasses (hence Exhaust Gas Recirculation) back into the combustion mix.
They’ll all get coated with a high-temp satin clear as a finish top coat.