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Old 06-29-2005, 11:52   #1 (permalink)
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Painting engine cover ?

what process and cost would be involved in spraying the engine cover of an EL XR8 ? The one thats the top half like metal and the bottom plastic ? Nothing fancy just a nice coat of navy blue to match the car ?

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Old 07-09-2005, 18:11   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Painting engine cover ?

if you're talking about the rocker cover, its simple...
go down to your local car parts shop (Autobarn etc) and pick up the colour of your choice in 288c temp engine enamel. you will also need a new rocker cover gasket for safe keeping, remove the bolts holding the rocker cover in place, take off rocker cover (whilst remoing any other cables/hoses than may stop you from doing this.

give the cover a clean with heavy duty degreaser, then make sure you clean all degreaser off before spraying. wait til its dry, and spray in light even coats until desired colour is reached :)

now make sure you remove all of the old rocker cover gasket, and replace with your new one, fit rocker cover on top, reattatch any hoses/cables, and bolt down the rocker cover bolts, if you dont have a torque wrench, and you've got a rubber gasket, go fairly tight, not overly tight, and definately not loose!
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Re: Painting engine cover ?

theres a brand of paint called VHT and they make paints which are designed for high temps for painting engines etc, they have fair range of colours which should do the job for you..
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Re: Painting engine cover ?

EF,
if your not into painting that much, go with as suggested VHT out of a can.

The biggest issue here is cleanliness...even VHT can be affected by silicone, and as its in a can you can't add silicone drops.

Clean with every material you can!....the texture on that cover dictates that it will hold oils (and that don't help)

Many paint supply shops these days can supply colours mixed to code in a can.....go in, tell them what you want to paint..even show them, and they will advise you better than what you can get here!

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