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Old 12-15-2009, 07:21 PM
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Painting aluminum intake?

Alright, so i wanna do a "red" theme in my lude, red headers, red valve cover, and red intake.

BUT, ive tried everything to paint the aluminum intake, and nothing sticks, ive sanded the HELL out of it, and tried using primer, nothing...... so has anyone does this b4? if so, what kind of paint did u use, and what did u do to prep?

-i also have no idea where i should have posted this.....
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Re: Painting aluminum intake?

Well when I painted my rims I sanded the metal down and clean them of any dirt and grease. Then I primered it and sanded the primer down alittle. Then I used engine enamel to paint it and the used clear coat. Like 2 coat of paint and 3 of clear coat. It should work. And you wanna paint you header?!?!? Uhhhh ok well it's you Lude and your taste so go ahead. I never seen red headers so it should be unique.
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Re: Painting aluminum intake?

yeah i did my rims a while ago, and those turned out good, but the aluminum intake wont let the engine enamel stick, its a pain in the ass, and i dont know wat other paint to use
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Re: Painting aluminum intake?

Well idk bro. Go to a paint shop and see what they recommend for aluminum.
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Re: Painting aluminum intake?

for alum i think a sand blast might do it... take it to like a auto collision or painter and ask them is a sand blast would help.... idk but thats my thought... and as for the headers idk what paint your gonna use those things get set on fire when the engine is hot...other then that... good luck hope i helped or maybe not... lol
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Re: Painting aluminum intake?

okay i guess ill also explain a little more... i say sand blast because i believe for new paint jobs on the alum panels they sand blast the car... i could be wrong so keep us informed
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Re: Painting aluminum intake?

alright thx for the input, i guess ill try a bunch of different methods and see what works
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Re: Painting aluminum intake?

ya, they dont sandblast huge things like that lol. how fine of sandpaper were you using? paintnig aluminum is just like painting any other metal or carbon fiber (dont believe need for speed) if you wanted, you could bring it to a powderhouse too, they probably wouldnt charge you a lot for that
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Re: Painting aluminum intake?

i was usin 320 grit
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Re: Painting aluminum intake?

probably too fine. use 180, primer, paint, clear. high temp would make sense. (wetsanding the primer and paint is optional)
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Re: Painting aluminum intake?

ok, ill try that
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Re: Painting aluminum intake?

Lol thank you for shutting me down! ha ha jk.... its just what i figured might work... not an expert what so ever but i try to help...
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Re: Painting aluminum intake?

what kind of paint technique.....spray can? and yea id recommend priming aswell
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Re: Painting aluminum intake?

Have you tried using hi-temp paint already?
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Re: Painting aluminum intake?

yeah, ive used high temp engine enamel
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Re: Painting aluminum intake?

I use the rustoleom high performace enamel (silver can) from home depot and its sticks just fine.
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