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Old 11-18-2007, 06:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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DIY - Valve Cover Painting

Okee, this is a bit old and my picture host took a crap on me. If anyone wants me to fix it let me know.

Okee dokes, since this is fun to do and clean up the engine a lot, and I just did it, we'll do a little walk through.


Wire Brush
Sand Paper
Spray Paint (I used wrinkle finish)
Cotton Swabs for the Old Ears
Petroleum Jelly

Oh, the lengths I go to to call things what they are and not by their common brand name.

Anyway, here we go...

1. Wire brush the stuff up, sand, do whatev, clean it the heck off to bare metal, cuz there you go. If you need pictures, lemme know, I'll move some over here, it's mainly a before after type of shot.
2. Get your materials together to cover up the stuff you want shiny with petroleum jelly.

3. Here's what mine looks like post-jelly but pre-paint:

4. Stuff holes you don't want paint in with paper towels so stuff doesn't get in there.

5. Admire your paint choice and get ready to live with it!

6. If you're wrinkling, note that it doesn't leave the can wrinkly, . Here are various stages of dryness:

7. It begins to wrinkle!

8. I removed the petroleum jellied parts with a very sharp pencil like cutting instrument, just to get it out of the way, then sanded the clear surface:

9. On the engine:

Good luck, all!

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Old thread, but it deserves participation. I did the following.

1) removed valve cover and gaskets including valve bolt seat grommets.
2) hit the cover with a light coat of paint remover
3) used a medium grade sand paper to remove most of the paint
4) applied another light coat of paint remover
5) last stage of light sanding
6) wiped entire cover down with Final Lean
7) plugged holes to avoid paint contaminating engine internals
8) used a flat black ceramic engine paint that is safe for up to 2000 degrees. Applied 3 coats.

Turned out decent. It was still damp in a place or two when i took this pic

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