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Old 03-14-2013, 15:27   #1 (permalink)
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GETTING READY TO PAINT MY ENGINE AND DRESS UP THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT

Okay, I am about ready to pull the engine out of my Expedition. While I have it out I figured it wouldn't hurt to clean her up and paint here and there. Just looking for opinions about what colors to go with for the different components (block, heads, valve covers, etc.). also if anybody has any experience with different brands of high temp paint, which ones are better than others?
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Old 03-23-2013, 18:27   #2 (permalink)
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I've had good luck with duplicolor paint. I use it on vehicles and small engines. I used it last on an old 14L Detroit Diesel to spruce things up a bit when it was out of the truck for some cylinder work. If I ever get around to it, I want to paint my 360 V8 in my Dodge a nice deep orange. Dupli-Color :: Engine Paint with Ceramic
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Well, brighter colors make it easier to find the leaks, but on the flip side, darker colors make it easier to hide them when your showing off.
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Darker hues are easier to keep clean in general. Out of all the vehicles I've owned, I've never once done up an engine for the purpose of showing it off. I checked the fluids on my Durango before I left work and a co worker was astonished at how big the engine is. That came from a woman who drives a 2.0L gas VW Beetle.

The Cessna I fly also uses a 360cubic inch engine, but with only 4 cylinders and is rather shiny!
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I was actually making a very poor joke, but in all honesty for a daily driver, Ford blue and Chevy orange\red are decent colors for tracking down any leaks. Contrasting colors against the engine and fire wall also make it easier in maintenance and repair.
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I don’t think it was a poor joke, I chuckled. I won’t lie, I take a lot of pride in my truck and if there is someone around when I pop the hood, I wouldn’t mind hearing ooos and aaaahhs. Thanks for the input everybody. I was originally going to go with separate colors for the block, heads and accessories but after looking around, talking to people and y’alls input I think I am going to keep it simple and classy. Bright shiny red for the block and heads, black for the engine compartment (not sure on this), and either black or polished for the rest. I am going to paint the fan and fan clutch so I don’t plan on putting the fan shroud back on. Any issues with that as far as channeling the cooling air? I was also thinking about going with the JLT style of intake, getting rid of the 90 degree turn. Whatchall think?
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