Gone Flaky

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QThe en­gine in my Honda Dom­i­na­tor is look­ing scruffy. What is the best way to re­move flak­ing paint with­out dis­man­tling the en­gine and work­ing on com­po­nents in­di­vid­u­ally? The en­gine is out of the frame. I’m afraid that wire brushes in a drill or ro­tary tool will be too aggressive and I don’t want to start us­ing chem­i­cals that might cause is­sues with seals or gas­kets. Pete Hardin, email

AAlan See­ley says: What­ever you do, don’t be tempted to blast the en­gine – you’ll never man­age to mask ev­ery ori­fice to pre­vent ingress of blast me­dia.

Brass or ny­lon brushes are your best bet along with care­ful ap­pli­ca­tion of cel­lu­lose thin­ners. It’s a time-con­sum­ing process, af­ter which you might won­der whether it wouldn’t have been worth par­tially strip­ping the en­gine any­way.

Just be thor­ough and me­thod­i­cal and you’ll get there in the end.

Con­cours en­gine fin­ish of no real ben­e­fit here

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