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Valve Cover finish? Correct for 1973 E series 246GTS?

I'm restoring my 1973 246 GTS 05702 and wanted to ask the forum what the correct valve cover finish is and how I might refurbish mine? Is it a paint or a texturing to the metal surface?

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Years ago I started cleaning them with a scotch brite pad and they started to get a little shiney so I stopped. I believe the correct finish is not shiny, but perhaps a matte or a peened-like surface?
These valve covers have some areas where the surface looks wonderful but also some darker areas of staining and light pitting. An example is over the chain guard area, bottom right and center in photo.
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Not sure if this helps, but when I got mine, a 1969 Tipo L, back in 2004, this is how it looked.

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Stopped by the machine shop that McCaw uses for his race shop VRM (he just bought $35M GTO) and they say they use soda blasting to get the surfacing correct. Chuck mentioned that it is a great cleaner but not too aggressive, doubting it would take paint off.
Called Tom Shaughnessy and he recommended the same
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