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what is the best way to clean up the black deposits on valves? can i soak 'em, brush 'em? i'm not replacing them, just want to clean them up before dropping them back in the head.
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There are two methods I use. One method is to buff them on a bench grinder with a wire wheel, but it can get pretty messy and it takes a lot of time and elbow grease if there's a lot of buildup. The way I prefer is to bead blast them which will remove all of the deposits much quicker with a lot less mess and physical effort (he he he). I hope this helps you out. Scott

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I have a floor mounted wire wheel that cuts that crud right off. It is better to do it
outside if you can. Most of that caked on white stuff has a high lead content. Better to
get the lead right into the environment instead of in you and then into the environment.
jimbo
p.s. if the crud is newer than 1980 ignore the part about the lead.

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Back in the days before I had a bead blaster, I recall dumping the valves into a bucket of carb cleaner for a couple days and most of the stuff came off with just a hand wire brush....

It was amazing that some of those engines even ran with the mountains of carbon on the valves...*G*

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i dont have glass bead media for my blaster. would 120 grit aluminum oxide media be too aggressive?
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Just do not blast the stems, I cover the stems with a lot of tape just in case I get careless.

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Another way to cover the stems is to use a piece of 3/8 fuel hose that is the length of the stem. It slips right on and keeps the stems nice and safe. Scott

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