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Old 08-02-2007, 06:18 PM   #1
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Default Want to paint valve cover black -any ideas?

Hey guys,

I want to refinish my valve cover in black before reinstalling it on the car.

What is the best type of paint that wont peel off?

I was thinking BBQ paint?
Maybe the crinkle paint if I can find it, any ideas where to purchase in Canada?


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Old 08-02-2007, 06:40 PM   #2
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GOING TO SOUND KINDA WEIRD BUT HERE GOES:

go to advance buy a can of black engine enamel (the 1200 degree stuff if they've got it) and a can of spray on truck bed coating (for the textured..crinkle...finish)....

Clean your valve cover really well...

Do a few good coats of the engine enamel and then one thick coat of the truck bed coating after it's dry.

When the truck bed coating has set up spray a LIGHT coat of the engine enamel on top of that.

Been running mine painted this way for almost a year and im turbo so there's a good deal of heat right there at the V/C and it has held up really well.
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Old 08-02-2007, 06:53 PM   #3
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You can get VHT products in Canada (Very High Temperature) they work very well.

I have used some 'crickle' paint on parts of my cover (Center part,spark plug area and on the Belt cover area) and it has lasted 3 years. The rest is polished.
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:01 PM   #4
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I would not recommend the bbq grill paint. I used it all over my engine, and while it seems to hold up fine in most places, once cured it is more of a charcoal black than a deep black. It is not holding up well on my ic charge pipes.

I like KPLAFIN's plan.
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no need for truck bed liner or engine enamal. I used just a can of wrinkle stuff from napa, wipped off the valve cover, and sprayed it on. make sure it's a warm day, or you put the valve cover under a few lamps with 100w bulbs. this is required for a good wrinkle.

it's held up for quite a while now with the turbo, although I scratched it real bad installing my heat shield.
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:26 PM   #6
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get engine block spray paint with ceramic. Prep the surface good, possibly use a primer first.
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I used wrinkle black paint on mine. I got it at a local auto parts store. Although its not advertized as heat resistant, it still works great and looks good as well.

oh yeah... i used a blow dryer to dry it quicker. It also help the paint wrinkle better and faster.
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:48 PM   #8
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Get a powder coating kit?

I'm a bit ashamed to say that I saw it on tricked out...

But the result looked very good, too bad the powder coating kit costs a fair bit more than just a can of paint, but imagine the fun you would have with it!
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DIY powdercoat is only cool if you have a spare oven. You don't want that **** in the oven you cook your Thanksgiving turkeys in.
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cool valve cover painting method. I might do mine the same way but with a meatwad motif.

http://www.homemadeturbo.com/forum/i...?topic=76834.0

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no need for truck bed liner .

although I scratched it real bad installing my heat shield.
that's why i used truck bed liner...it holds up to ALOT of **** in a truck bed doesn't it? use truck bed liner, you wont be dissapointed i've beat the hell out of that valve cover working on the car and not even a chip in it yet...
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:50 PM   #12
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Thanks guys,

Ill let you know what i decide to do
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use the ceramic duplicolor. You don't need to prime.
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KPLFAFIN, lets see some pics duuude. I liek the idea
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I can't post pictures because im to cheap to pay to use the site...actually paypal doesn't like me because they tried to screw me out of $150 and i would never pay them..therefore they dont like me anymore...so that's why i haven't paid phillip
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mail him a check,

Free image hosting my friend. DO IT
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best picture i've got right now...don't give me any **** about the duct tape...or cardboard...or masking tape, LOL.......look at the rest of the picture closely and you'll get an idea of why that's there....

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best picture i've got right now...don't give me any **** about the duct tape...or cardboard...or masking tape, LOL.......look at the rest of the picture closely and you'll get an idea of why that's there....

Valve Cover PIC
I'm still not seeing the reason for the tape on the headlight cover?

Also, you're low on brake fluid :gay:

Looks good tho, just a little dusty and such
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I'm still not seeing the reason for the tape on the headlight cover?

Also, you're low on brake fluid :gay:

Looks good tho, just a little dusty and such
well...my headlight cover is now made of cardboard...my BOV flange is covered in duct tape b/c i took it out....all b/c of the same reason that the steering wheel is now the highest point on the road...

in other words...miata's don't care too much for being run off of interstates at 5:00 in the morning by semi's...and no before anyone else says it on here i wasn't trying to pull some F&F **** and go under the semi...the guy fell asleep.
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I used regular wrinkle finish and a primer. I think I should have used a high temp primer, Mine flaked off in about 2 years.
http://public.fotki.com/doink/sunbur.../dsc04637.html
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