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Old 03-05-2004, 06:30 PM   #1
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What kinds and/or brands of paint are you guys using under the hood?

I want to do some beautification, put don't want the paint peeling because I bought something cheapo.

Thanks for the advice.
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Pick a color. I'll tell you what it is. The only things I've painted are the Strut Bar, intake pipe (over the powdercoating, SC cover, EGR cover, and the mesh in the SC cover (it'* the same as the SB and intake now).

bonnie94SSE has done the most underhood painting so far.
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I was thinking of going with a WHITE & YELLOW combo under the hood with some chrome (steel braid) accents for some of the rubber piping (radiator hoses, etc.).

Probably pull the plastic engine cover (3800 s2) do it all white and chrome the words on it, yellow for the coils and wires, chrome the throttle body down to the air filter.
Chrome the valve covers with yellow highlights in the channels. Then braid the rest of the rubber in the engine, probably chrome the support bar in the back along with the alternator housing (still debating that one).

Sounds like a good start!!!
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Just make sure you use high temp paint and you'll be fine. But don't plan on painting the exhaust manifolds unless you take them off and do some major cleaning. I thought I did a good enough job on my manifolds with them on the engine, but it started peeling a few days later even though it was rated at 1500 degrees. All the other paint I used is holding up just fine.
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I used old old old model paint i had for the lettering on the engine cover. Looks brand new, and slightly reflective.

Other then that, make sure you let it cure!!!!
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Well I've painted just about everything under a hood of a car at one time or another.....
As for Engine itself, Use a high temp paint with a good base coat first. If you just paint it (top coat) then it will fade! If you want the exhaust manifolds a different colour, then I suggest ceramic coating them for lasting endurance. The other non'heat related parts are not as critcical, as long as they parts are clean first though.
Here'* what my engine has looked at over the years: http://www.cardomain.com/memberpage/250343/2
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Wow, there'* a lot more that can be done to an engine than I thought...I had no idea you could paint so much without causing problems! I love the chrome braid idea too...not sure I can figure out how you'd get it on there though (unless it was wide enough to slip over the ends of everything).
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Just make sure you use high temp paint and you'll be fine. But don't plan on painting the exhaust manifolds unless you take them off and do some major cleaning. I thought I did a good enough job on my manifolds with them on the engine, but it started peeling a few days later even though it was rated at 1500 degrees. All the other paint I used is holding up just fine.
Pete'* gold paint looks wicked though...I was looking at it when you all were working on the Runner on Saturday...Does the peeling actually really show anyplace?
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Only down on the manifolds. You can't really see them anyways.
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ok....I was wondering if I was just blind...someone pointed out a tiny bit of chipping because we were talking about the high-temp paint...but it still didn't show much....
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