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This is a discussion on Engine Bay Painting within the Appearance Section forums, part of the General Help category; I'm planning on doing a H/C/I swap along with some other small power adders over the summer, and when I ...

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    Engine Bay Painting

    I'm planning on doing a H/C/I swap along with some other small power adders over the summer, and when I have the engine out of the car, I wanted to paint the Valve Covers and Intake Manifold.

    My question is this...what kind of paint should I use? and how should I prep the pieces before hand?

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    If your going to have the engine out I would take the time and have them powder coated. If you want a cheaper route just go to any auto store and you can buy engine paint...you can get it thats good up to all different temps.

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    Definitely powdercoat the valve covers. Powdercoating the intake is not a good idea. There are a few threads in this forum where people painted their intakes. Sand it down real good if you want it smooth.
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    i used engine enamel on that valve cover for my daily driver, and its been two years and looks like hell. though i dont think i properly prepared the surface - i only cleaned the surface with brake cleaner and didnt scuff or prime first.

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    Primer is almost a must when painting anything yourself...and before primer wipe it down with mineral spirits or just rubbing alcohol is fine.

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