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Old 03-03-2009, 02:50 PM   #1
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Question Painting intercooler black - good or not?

Hi,

at the moment I am about to install my new ebay fm intercooler. For the stealth look I'd like to paint the shiny little bling-bling-part matte black.

Is this a problem? Would it cause inefficencies? Any other negative side-effects?

I would be grateful for any advice, as I found nothing about that via the search button.

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Old 03-03-2009, 02:54 PM   #2
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no side effects. mine is black.
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I found some threads a while back by searching, but they're mostly just arguments about whether or not the paint affects the efficiency of the IC. I think the general consensus is that the paint is thin enough to not cause a noticeable effect. Just don't put it on too heavily and you should be fine. I'll probably paint mine this summer to make it not quite so obvious.
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Glad you posted this. I'm going to be doing the same. I googled this a few days ago and a bunch of subaru forum threads seemed to indicate that it would be fine. Use Rustoleum BBQ high temp paint and dont lay it on too thick. Spray at a steep angle if you are spraying the fins.
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Mine has been black for a year now. No problems.
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mine's black. just painted the front which is a small surface area compared to the insides of the plates.
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you sure got a mighty big IC in there.....
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Old 03-03-2009, 03:21 PM   #8
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Brain settles it, I need to paint mine black.

P.S. your new sig is great.
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I painted mine black about 5 years ago. no ill efects. no changes to inlet temp that could be measured. grab some krylon "car-b-que" and let it eat.
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I swear I've seen some "radiator paint", or something to that effect, at autoparts stores. I don't know if it's some magical formula or anything, but I'd be tempted to use that over just some regular spray paint.
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my other IC:




bling is for hustler.
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THIS big:



parking is hard.
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O.K. you convinced me... no bling for me...
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**** I need to paint mine. Its just so pretty though. I guess I can paint it when I do my splitter and ducting:
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I'm in the same boat as hustler. metaphorically speaking.

my Begi intercooler seems too nice to paint, but it sure is weird looking having it offset from center like that.
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Uhh, ur intercooler isn't in the middle...

*sigh*

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I'm going to paint one side black and leave the other side shiny. That way I can flip it around. Somedays having a stealth intercooler is boring.
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Whenever I change to a slightly larger one, this will def happen.
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I like the idea of painting one side and leaving the other shiny. Gives you the option to switch.
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