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Old 05-02-2011, 06:11 PM
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got pretty bored today and decided to paint my valve cover and a couple brackets. here's what i've done so far! lemme know what you think, i'm just waiting for the hopefully last coat to dry then i'll have a picture of the finished product up. hope you enjoy

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did you do any prep work? or did you just take it off and paint it?
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cleaned it up with a die grinder to get rid of the flakey parts and any rust bubbles
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finished project :)
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Paint always looks 100x better when applied to a properly prepared surface. Try getting ahold of an extra valve cover that you can take your time on, and I promise you'll be much happier.
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Paint always looks 100x better when applied to a properly prepared surface. Try getting ahold of an extra valve cover that you can take your time on, and I promise you'll be much happier.
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My first two ludes I did like this. It was ok at best.

However Ive recently aquired an extra valve cover and Ive been cleaning it up and prepping for going on two days. Most likely ill still be prepping tomorrow and wont paint for another two or so!
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I spent 30+ hours just prepping my calipers before I even though about painting them. Took FOREVER, but worth it.
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thanks for the feedback everyone!
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It only looks as good as you make it
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Re: Valve cover

just wondering but i want to clean mine up also and paint it, any suggestions on cleaning and stuff, and also..... removing it do i need to put a new gasket on also? and how tight to retighten bolts?
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Re: Valve cover

Not too bad. But next time go to Autozone or Pepboys and buy a can of airplane paint remover to clear the whole entire VC of any old paint. Then wire brush or sand it down til it's baby smooth. After so buy a can of heat resistant primer n then finalize with the color of your choice after!!!

I'm sure if you started the project of doing this early in the morning then you'll be good by afternoon/evening!!!
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ENG: Another valve cover How To
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Not too bad. But next time go to Autozone or Pepboys and buy a can of airplane paint remover to clear the whole entire VC of any old paint. Then wire brush or sand it down til it's baby smooth. After so buy a can of heat resistant primer n then finalize with the color of your choice after!!!

I'm sure if you started the project of doing this early in the morning then you'll be good by afternoon/evening!!!
When you say "color of your choice", you do mean hi-temp paint right? :P
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DON'T WIRE BRUSH!

I painted a valve cover from my old B18, and for a while I was using normal paint stripper, and wasn't getting anywhere so I used a wire brush in a small parts, and you can see where I did it, it nicked up a lot of the metal in that part, which showed up on the final result.

Get the aircraft paint remover, spray some on, let it sit for a minute, then use a plastic brush to remove it. Every section that I used the plastic brush turned out great.
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I painted a valve cover from my old B18, and for a while I was using normal paint stripper, and wasn't getting anywhere so I used a wire brush in a small parts, and you can see where I did it, it nicked up a lot of the metal in that part, which showed up on the final result.

Get the aircraft paint remover, spray some on, let it sit for a minute, then use a plastic brush to remove it. Every section that I used the plastic brush turned out great.
If you used a wire brush, it would probably be best to use a brass brush, as it's softer than the stainless steel you'll find on a normal wire brush.
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That may have well been my problem. I thought I used a brass, but I really can't remember.

Either way, I do remember when i switched to the aircraft stripper and plastic brush, it came right off. If you've got an electric power washer (or a low psi gas one) you can always put the paint stripper on then hit it with the power washer.
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Paint is crap on the engine. . . Powder coat is the sheeet

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