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Old 02-05-2009, 06:59 AM   #1
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Underhood Bowtie

What are your opinions on cutting out the bowtie on the insulation material to expose the cars color? Is there a safety factor involved here if removed?
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:09 AM   #2
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The inner panel under there has strengthening ridges, it may not look like you want it to.

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Old 02-05-2009, 07:45 AM   #3
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But you could add a flat piece of sheet metal to those ribs and paint it the same color as the body or even use a piece of polished aluminum or stainless steel. Aluminum would probably be best since the hood is aluminum.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:26 AM   #4
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Or cut a decal to fill in the area.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:32 AM   #5
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Like most things, there is a reason for that insulation over the engine compartment. Maybe not during the 1st year but if you cut out that bowtie and leave that part of the hood without insulation, you run the risk of the heat from the engine affecting the paint on the hood over time. JMVHO though. Something to think about.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:55 AM   #6
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Like most things, there is a reason for that insulation over the engine compartment. Maybe not during the 1st year but if you cut out that bowtie and leave that part of the hood without insulation, you run the risk of the heat from the engine affecting the paint on the hood over time. JMVHO though. Something to think about.
Was just about to say this. I've seen cars where people removed some or all of the insulation under the hood because they didn't like it and it ended up ruining the hood. On a daily driver, the paint will last 2-3 years before it needs to be repainted. On a weekender you can get by for about 5 years though but not much longer.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:15 AM   #7
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Save the cut-out piece and put it behind the panel you paint, it would help with the heat issue somewhat.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:15 AM   #8
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Not to mention that if you are getting vinyl stripes, it may just melt those suckers down. Not good.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:49 AM   #9
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The insulation under the hood is more for SOUND than Heat. think about how hot it gets on the paint on a 90 degree summer day? it is going to be very very hot, I have had many cars without this insulation in the past ( my El Camino has none) and saw no bad effects to the paint from the heat.
but I wouldn't cut the emblem out I like it like it is..
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:50 AM   #10
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Just use heat resistant paint.
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how did they do the one on the camaro cutaway. i dont know how to repost a pic, but for those who remember, there was the orange frame cutaway that had a bowtie on the hood shield. what method was used for that?
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:05 AM   #12
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Just use heat resistant paint.
We're talking about the paint on the top side of the hood where you wax and polish. The place where everybody looks first when checking out the car and admire the glossy paint. The heat from the engine overtime could ruin the finished paint job on the top of the hood.
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:07 AM   #13
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You know, that's why I ask questions, get many great ideas..that's where I got the idea from
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:09 AM   #14
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Seems like alot of work for under the hood design.
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