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Old 12-14-2010, 09:24 PM   #1
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Attempt to Paint Engine Cover

Well, a year a go my wife opted out of ordering the car with the matching engine cover. Dealership said it would add 3 months to the delivery time. So, 12 months later, finally have the gutts to do it myself. Have been reading others DIY and feel pretty confident. Here we go!

First, I washed engine cover with mild dish soap. Wiped dry. Air dried with compressor.

Im going to use Rust Oleum's sunrise red. But first, I took 150 grit sandpaper, wrapped it around a rectangular object and used it to take the original finish off the "Chevrolet" revealing a satin black finish. A pretty simple process, I advise using an object with a short width, skinnier the width, the more precise you can be with the sanding. I went over the edges a couple time and scratch up areas I didnt need to. But no big deal because it will be covered in red soon. 15 minutes later I had both sides done. With working all week, and a new baby, im crunched for time. Im planning on having the Masking done tomorrow, might even paint. We will see. Would be nice to have it done before the Central Texas meet on Friday.
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Old 12-15-2010, 12:06 AM   #2
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Cool Dude...looking forward to see the results on friday

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Old 12-15-2010, 07:27 AM   #3
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dude if you want to match the pain exactly there is a place in waco that mixes custom spray paint for 16.95 a can. Do a search for Carquest waco and it will come up. It is called NPI or something similar. It is carquests official paint shop.
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:02 AM   #4
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Well, I'm going to paint the fuse box cover today before I do anything else to the engine cover, will see for sure if the paint i have is gonna match ok, if not i will definitely head to Waco and. appreciate the tip
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Old 12-15-2010, 06:44 PM   #5
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Post some pics when its done

heres mine, not painted by me
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:18 PM   #6
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Yea thats bada**! mine definately wont be so extravigant. Tested paint on fuse box today. Color looks good. Gonna paint cover tomorrow. Once im done, depending how it looks, ill decide to cut sections out of top and put mesh screens in place. Definately want to do the bolts for sure.
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:04 PM   #7
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Alright so like I said, fuse box cover ended up a nice color, so tomorrow, tackling the engine cover.
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Looking good man
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Old 12-16-2010, 06:52 PM   #9
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All ready for paint.
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:27 AM   #10
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Just got mine back from the shop here in Houston!!!!
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:46 AM   #11
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Looks good, gonna check on mine when I get home from work, Im thinking the 3 coats I put on it should leave a nice finish. Ive heard some people say that if you put a clear coat on top it could react with the paint and mess it up. Not sure if im willing to risk it. We will see.
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:29 PM   #12
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So I took the tape off, and the cover looks great. Im still planning on sanding the "chevrolet" back down to reveal black letters. Just letting the paint settle a little longer. Also planning on going to home depot and getting some bolts to replace the fake ones.
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:40 PM   #13
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Nice job, did you hit it with clear too?
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Old 12-17-2010, 06:43 PM   #14
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No clear coat, looks pretty darn good without one
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Hose, that looks great!

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Here is my painted cover.
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So I took the tape off, and the cover looks great. Im still planning on sanding the "chevrolet" back down to reveal black letters. Just letting the paint settle a little longer. Also planning on going to home depot and getting some bolts to replace the fake ones.

RdRokt before you sand down the letters check out www.reflectiveconcepts.com this is where I got my letters from. They are made to fit exactly and come in any color you want. i paid around $19.99 and that came with the free V8 for the front of the cover as well. Then put clear coat over the top. good luck
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Hey RdRokt I see that color is very close in the pictures and was wondering how close it was in person? I think I may do this this weekend.
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Ended up real good...now all you need is some 'Allen' head bolts from "Lowes" or "Homedepot" to replace the fake ones.

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Old 12-18-2010, 12:20 PM   #20
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Mech, sitting in the garage i cant even tell a difference. Its a nice sunny day out today, so ill pull her out and see how she looks in the sun.

lugo, yea im contemplating whether i want to or not, i kinda like the simple look, we'll see

satx, ill definately check them out, i havent sanded the letters off yet bc im kinda scared ill scratch the surrounding paint. if anything ill just tape everything around it off.

thanks for the replies, was a fun little project that saved me 300 bux to spend on something else!
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:20 PM   #21
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Went and got some #8 1/2" metal screws today with #10 washers and put them in. I like the look. I also tested out one washer and painted it black, leaving the screw with the zinc finish and that looked great too. Waiting on the other 9 to dry, then going to toss them on and see what I like more.
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Looks great You will want to put a few coats of clear that thing though, or a couple clears and a satin if you like the duller look. Protect the paint.
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