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#1225850 - Mon Jul 17 2017 01:35 AM Engine paint  
mick53  Offline
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northern Indiana
I want to paint my engine a metallic color. Does anyone make such a thing? I've seen pictures of them, how is it done? Thank you.


Old enough to know better, too young to resist.


#1225871 - Mon Jul 17 2017 03:34 AM Re: Engine paint [Re: mick53]  
52Carl  Offline
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If you use a high temp primer on a clean engine, you can get away with just about any automotive rattle can paint, including metallic.


#1225896 - Mon Jul 17 2017 01:48 PM Re: Engine paint [Re: mick53]  
Norcal Dave  Offline
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Carl, which high temp primer have you used? I used VHT high temp primer on a couple of things and had a really bad outcome after I applied engine paint over it. I'm not sure why- perhaps I laid it on too thick? It went soft after I laid paint over it...!

Last edited by Norcal Dave; Mon Jul 17 2017 01:49 PM.

Dave

Clutch head screws have stolen too many hours from my life....

1950 Chevy 3600 w/ '59 261 & T5 Tranny (resto-something in progress...)
https://goo.gl/photos/8t5mLuj4JZebvGq49

1963 GMC Widebed

1951(?) GMC flatbed that is now a flower garden:
https://goo.gl/photos/H79pvKhHLxjNiR149

1968 Chevy II Nova- not running, waiting for me to finish the '50 3600

#1225973 - Tue Jul 18 2017 01:07 AM Re: Engine paint [Re: mick53]  
52Carl  Offline
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I begin by removing all traces of oil and dirt. You know its clean enough to paint when it flash rusts.
I then spray on Ospho and leave it on for 24 hours. I then wipe the white residue away with a rag wet with Ospho.
I then wipe the engine down with paint thinner or acetone.
Then I spray it with Rustoleum High Temp primer.
I have 10,000 miles on my 235 painted this way and it still looks like new. This truck is stored outside.
Carl


#1225980 - Tue Jul 18 2017 01:24 AM Re: Engine paint [Re: mick53]  
Norcal Dave  Offline
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Excellent. Thanks Carl


Dave

Clutch head screws have stolen too many hours from my life....

1950 Chevy 3600 w/ '59 261 & T5 Tranny (resto-something in progress...)
https://goo.gl/photos/8t5mLuj4JZebvGq49

1963 GMC Widebed

1951(?) GMC flatbed that is now a flower garden:
https://goo.gl/photos/H79pvKhHLxjNiR149

1968 Chevy II Nova- not running, waiting for me to finish the '50 3600

#1225997 - Tue Jul 18 2017 02:07 AM Re: Engine paint [Re: Norcal Dave]  
mick53  Offline
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northern Indiana
Thanks from me too Carl.


Old enough to know better, too young to resist.

#1226039 - Tue Jul 18 2017 11:34 AM Re: Engine paint [Re: mick53]  
tom moore  Offline
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Thanks, Carl.


#1226050 - Tue Jul 18 2017 12:38 PM Re: Engine paint [Re: mick53]  
MPandC  Offline
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Leonardtown, MD
For engines/components, I've always used the same prep and paint as exterior panels on the vehicle. Good prep, epoxy primer, and a good SS urethane.


Here's a repair job on some dented valve covers that shows the process...



https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/valve-cover-dings-and-dents.768674/




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