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Old 11-25-2012, 12:51 AM
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Painting engine components question

I'm wanting to paint my engine bay and parts so that i have a cleaner looking bay. Which parts can i actually paint? And what paint should i use? I dont want to go all out and pull out the engine and stuff, just noticeable things that will make a bit of a difference ex: Valve cover
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To paint the valve cover youll need high temp paint for sure. I used duplicolor engine enamel. What other parts were you thinking about painting?
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Pretty much anything i can paint without damaging something. and anything that is easily accessible to paint
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I had my engine bay steam cleaned, made it look super good.
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AC support bracket, Radiator brackets, Spark plug cover, Valve cover, And bolts, battery tie down. Lots more, any kind of bracket like fuse box bracket, powersteering fluid resviour bracket. EGR bracket...
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AC support bracket, Radiator brackets, Spark plug cover, Valve cover, And bolts, battery tie down. Lots more, any kind of bracket like fuse box bracket, powersteering fluid resviour bracket. EGR bracket...
Thank you! Anything else? What brand of high temp paint should i get and where can i get it?
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Re: Painting engine components question

Autozone pepboys maybe walmart? Even online at amazon. For smaller stuff like the brackets I've used normal spray paint just fine but something like the valve cover you need engine enamel 500+ degree paint. Also paint your heat shield but you need header paint for that.
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Re: Painting engine components question

i have a neighbor who had his alternator, power steering and water pumps blasted and painted confederate gray to match his truck. the brackets etc like 01 said are painted confederate blue.
the truck is a sled pulling truck and it actually looks pretty cool.

another neighbor is doing a 66 mustang restore under his carport. his engine bay is gonna match the car with all black pullys and peices.. chrome bolts and hose clamps
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Re: Painting engine components question

Lol don't do that take out the engine and tape any rubber off and anything that doesn't want to be painted.
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I had my engine bay steam cleaned, made it look super good.
Where did you get this done??
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Re: Painting engine components question

Thins you need to make sure are done before painting anything under there is to degrease the HELL out of everything (2, 3x). Gunk makes a good engine cleaner, perhaps buy a couple cans of that. Once you are all done cleaning, remove anything you want painted. Its pretty straight forward what components are easier to do than others. Most things require a 10mm wrench. Once you have whatever components removed, make sure they are sanded and completly cleaned (best product to use for sanding are scuff pads rather than sand paper) If you can get your hands on some Mirlon 360 that would be ideal.

Do not use heat paint if you dont have to, it takes a LOT more to cure it than your traditional paints and will scratch off if not done properly. The valve cover is really all you will need the temp paint for, and dont get above 500 degrees since anything above that literally requires a serious baking to get it cured proper. Also, dont even take the valve cover off unless you have a new gasket ready to be put on. Once gaskets like that are torqued on they almost always leak after re-use.

Just remember that prepping is the most important part to painting, not exactly the kind of paint you use. I prefer Plastikote, never had any issues with them and seem to have a really nice heat paint that rubs off less.
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That looks horrible and half assed.


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Re: Painting engine components question

I second the VC gasket. I took mines off once to look at an oil leak and ended up getting a oil leak from the VC from reusing the gasket.
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you can paint everything, i did. i used duplicolor engine enamel



also a great cheap degreaser is called Awesome, you can get it at the dollar tree for a buck (by far the absolute best degreaser ever i keep like 2 bottles in my garage at all times)



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That looks horrible and half assed.


Go figure you post a link done by the goat ****er....


It looks awesome, don't lie
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also a great cheap degreaser is called Awesome, you can get it at the dollar tree for a buck (by far the absolute best degreaser ever i keep like 2 bottles in my garage at all times)



I love that stuff, I use it very often
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Where did you get this done??
At a high end carwash. I got it done when I was still in SoCal. Im sure a lot of detail shops can do an engine steam clean.
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Re: Painting engine components question

In terms of the actual process, Mighty Car Mods has a video on YouTube on how to paint your rocker cover, and they do some pretty cool mods as well.

To be honest though, I wouldn't bother painting anything besides the valve cover in the engine bay. If you spray over everything it looks tacky and kind of dumb when you can't see your fluid levels. You can occasionally steam clean it and if you're really OCD, take out everything, clean and respray the engine bay. That's mostly show car territory though. A monthly steam clean should do the job.
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