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    Project: Mirror Motor

    I've been wanting to take the blue off of the motor since day 1 of owning my merv, after over a year I have been doing a lot of overhauling and upgrading so I finally did it. Thought I would share since I havent really seen this done much.

    This is after about 2.5 hours of dremel and hand sanding:


    This is after hitting it with the dremel with a buffing pad and Mothers alum polish:


    Also did the front tie bar as my first piece to make sure it looked ok:


    I think it should end up looking pretty sweet once I get everyting back together.

    What do you guys think?
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    looks good


    why didn't you just use a product like greased lightening or easy off oven cleaner to get rid of the anodizing?

    i am about to put in a tacon 540 motor, it is light green..... needless to say, that wont go with my blue, silver, and black theme i have going..... i do like the original stock blue though, but a lot of the aftermarket parts, their blues are inconsistent and usually a lot lighter in color

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    Thanks man. I was afraid of getting it inside the motor, I didn't know if it would mess anything up and I dont know how to take apart the insides of a motor

    Im still a noob I guess lol

    I'm with you on that Tacon green, it is hideous lol
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    looks like you went a little bananas with the sandpaper initially, but it looks good!

    dont be afraid to take the motor apart, its dead easy and thats the best way to learn!
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    It was a sanding piece that I had with my dremel kit, I realized it was too rough after the fact, lol...oops

    From a distance you cant even see the scratches

    I may try to get it a little bit smoother though
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    Looks good! I've been considering doing this for a while now too, especially as my blue is scratched up.
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    Looks good! i've done the tie bars, motor mount and the plate that holds together the slipper and the motor! its alot of work but well worth it if you like the look!
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    Thanks guys, my motor being all scratched up is another reason I finally decided to do it too. Motor mount is next if I ever stop being so lazy, been laying around sleeping all day
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    So I actually redone the motor cause I didnt like all the little scratches in it and made it a lot smoother. I also did the motor plate and the heatsink. Here is everything all finished and just waiting to be put back together...

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    hahah Nice! I should do that for sure, I'm going for the silver look so this is perfect to start
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    just had to look again.. I don't think Ill ever get the motor that shiny by hand sanding
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    Quote Originally Posted by GULLY View Post
    just had to look again.. I don't think Ill ever get the motor that shiny by hand sanding

    not by sanding alone..... also you need a good base, the finer the better...... you still need to polish it

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    1000 grit is the highest I went and polished it 3 times with a dremel.
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    I want to see how this thing looks installed!

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    I second that. Put up some more pics of that baby in.

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    I know the polish but I don't have a dremmel to buff out the tiny scratches,

    Ill see what I can find on thursday, Ill pick up 1000 grit for sure

    wait here's a pick with the dollar store sand paper ...




    I need a real camera.. was trying to show the scratches with the light
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    OOOOOO SHINEY!!! looks pruddy!
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    lol thanks, but not really, I want it to be really shiney like crome
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    use mothers mag and aluminum polish like devildog88 and it will shine. that is the best mag and aluminum polish i have ever used. the more you do it the better it shines.

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    fo sho, hahah

    yeah I've been meaning to pick that up
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    I'll try to get a pic of it all installed soon. I've been really slack with working on it lately and this weekend I was busy tearing my dads slash apart to fix it and dye his chassis along with my new dish rims black.
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    Anybody ever post any Installed pics?
    Whatever I just said.. I'm probably wrong..

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    If anybody uses a chemical approach rather than elbow grease, let us know!

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    I'm seriously thinking about that the last half hour..

    I deanodized a lot of parts with sanitary clog remover, the crystalized form from Drano. It works very well.
    - Be very carefull with this stuff its highly corrosive, protect yourself and use common sense!
    But i'm not sure how to do it on the motor can?
    If I'm not mistaken after pulling out the rotor, the magnets are glued on the can? Would not want to expose the glued magnets to the sodium hydroxide in the cleaner.

    I thought about leaving the motor assembled and covering the endbells, wires and all holes with one or two thin coats of plastidip or liquitape and the dunk it carefully in a container with the deanodizing solution as I usual do. That technique worked pretty good with my once blue alloy bulkhead where i covered the threads and bearing seats.

    Not ready to do that yet..

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    what if u brushed it on? take a old paintbrush or toothbrush and cover the whole motor

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    you should try to find a sealant after a week or so it will start losing the shine

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    Wow devildog that is beeeauutiful!!!!!!!!!

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    Thanks for the tip 50!

    Thank you mindy
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmySSG View Post
    Anybody ever post any Installed pics?
    Edit: I went looking thru pics on my phone and I DID take one of it actually, I just never posted it. Oops!

    I just wasn't finished, I hate the red springs and blue on the servo

    I want to buy some of the silver springs that come on the grave digger truck!

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    I'm using oven cleaner do I have to disable the motor to do it? Or is it save to leave it in tact? Or could I spray it on a rag and just wipe it off?

    Some one please help me with this

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