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Old 09-24-2009, 10:15 PM   #1
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DIY - ENGINE COVER PAINTED

Ok, so I was contemplating buying a painted engine cover (RED) from GM, or Doing it myself.. If I bought one. It would cost $380, and WASTE a perfectly good engine cover. Plus, the GM engine cover is really bland looking. So I collected up some info on C5 and decided to do it myself.. So if your wondering about buying one or DIY... and you think this came out ok... go for it.. PAINT.


remove the heat shield from the bottom
Cleaned / Degreased
sanded (NOT chevrolet letters)
CLeaned / Degreased
masked (4 hours - I'm extremely anal)
800 grit Sand
Cleaned / Degreased
Base coat (high heat 500* Duplicolor)
Wiped off "Chevrolet" letters with wet paint thinner LINT FREE towel
Cleaned lettering with wax / degrease remover. (see pic)
Dry (24 hours)
Clean / Degrease
WET sand (1500 Grit)
Clear Coat (high heat 500* - This clear does NOT make it Glossy)
Cleaned / Degreased

WARNING - If you're looking for a Glossy finish, don't use this paint or clear.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:26 PM   #2
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Nice write up however I highly suggest to use a adhesion promoter and plastic primer.

Also I wouldn't worry about the high heat paint. Plain jane automotive paint will work with no problems.

It is all about the prep.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:45 PM   #3
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Old 09-25-2009, 07:29 AM   #4
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Thanks for the write up and pictures! I'm looking into doing something similar with my engine cover, but kind of reversed. I'll post pictures if/when I get it done.
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Old 09-25-2009, 08:43 AM   #5
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Nice write up however I highly suggest to use a adhesion promoter and plastic primer.

Also I wouldn't worry about the high heat paint. Plain jane automotive paint will work with no problems.

It is all about the prep.
You are 100% correct on the adhesion promoter and primer on bare plastic but the areas he painted are already painted silver from the factory so really it not needed there as long as its sanded.
My bad except for the V8 section
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:15 AM   #6
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now you guys got my scared about my v8 section.. hope it holds up. if not, I'll just knock off the rest of the red and keep it black. We'll see.
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:29 AM   #7
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Inspiration From Camaro5Forum

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That was a great write up you inspired me to do the same check this out.

Then i got crazy with the cheez whiz
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:27 AM   #8
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lookin good guys. I like it.

I may want to try it. But, I'll use glossy paint
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:27 AM   #9
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$380 for an engine cover OR DIY???? I think I will go this route.

But a quick question. I have a V6 and the engine cover will flex coming off of the engine. Does the Duplicolor Engine Enamel allow for flex?
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:23 PM   #10
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That red looks nice...
It would possibly look nice with some more color on some other areas like the elec cover or air cover...if they are staying...nice job.

I too have heard of the high adhesive plastic Krylon paint on another C5 thread.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:06 PM   #11
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Since that paint , I've wet sanded and added 3 more coats of Clear.. it looks 3 times more shinny. Engine cover will flex, and this Dupli color is supposed to be ok for a little flexing.
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Old 12-08-2009, 03:54 PM   #12
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Since that paint , I've wet sanded and added 3 more coats of Clear.. it looks 3 times more shinny. Engine cover will flex, and this Dupli color is supposed to be ok for a little flexing.
Cool, thanks. I just don't want to paint it, pull it off and have to start over!
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Old 12-26-2009, 07:18 PM   #13
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Idid mine also and thuoght iit came out ok.Name:  decepticon motor.jpg
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:18 AM   #14
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very good write up! i painted mine as well a couple weeks ago because i wanted ABM and, of course, gm doesnt make one with that color. i used actual automotive base coat/clear coat from sherwin williams. it matches beautifully! ill post up some pictures this evening when i get home from work.

one piece of advice i can give on this is if you are using base/clear...BE CAREFUL around the oil cap recess. trying to get clear down in there is a little difficult. i ended up with a nice run on the side of the cover next to that area that i had to sand out!
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:33 AM   #15
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looks awesome, I think I'm going to try and do mine.
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:41 AM   #16
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Idid mine also and thuoght iit came out ok.Attachment 82647
Did you use a stencil for the "Decepticon"? That looks positively awesome!
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Old 01-13-2010, 10:40 AM   #17
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$380 for an engine cover OR DIY???? I think I will go this route.
Congrats to anyone who has the time to DIY and make it look GREAT ! I, unfortunately, am not gifted with a steady hand nor the patients to take on a job like this let alone have an eye to accept any of my shotty work when it comes to my baby ... so for me, RPI's painted cover was the best option by far!

For only $295 I reveived a professionally 2-tone painted V8 Engine cover that meets my high standards and still I get to keep my original cover as well. For the pirce RPI charges, I really don't think you can go wrong here since they will pretty much do any colour combinations you could ask for!

1 colour covers ( fuel rails ONLY ) I believe cost around $229 which is a far cry from what GM charges at $400 for the same yet you don't get ABM, IBM or White from GM as RPI will gladly do for you!

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Here is mine RPI did for me in IBM & Cyber Grey. Frankly, it looks HOT and I know I couldn't of done any better myself!

I believe their site is offering a 10% Off sale on these right now!

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Old 01-13-2010, 10:55 AM   #18
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Old 01-13-2010, 11:45 AM   #19
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Old 01-13-2010, 12:03 PM   #20
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First thing I did to my Camaro. Having done this on my previous car, a Honda Element, I was comfortable in doing this modification. Simple to do with immediate gratification!

I'm going to do something with the fuse box cover next but not sure if it will be painted or CF. I have my Airaid awaiting installation.

Anyway, I would suggest this mod to anyone who wants bling under the hood.

BTW, I'm a new member and slowly finding my way around. This will be my second Camaro that I've owned having had a '82 Z28 and I used to drive my sister's '72 which was like an olive green if not mistaken. I do know it had the split bumpers and it would run. Of course I was an unlicensed driver who couldn't resist the temptation to move the car while washing and waxing it for her. Loved that car!
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Old 01-13-2010, 01:09 PM   #21
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I've already bought the $300 Chevy replacement cover and installed it. To be quite honest, the yellow paint on it is not as nicely done as it could be. I would totally advise everyone to paint their own and not buy the GM one.
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Old 01-13-2010, 01:49 PM   #22
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I am with Retro on this one. It isn't that much to have a professional do it and it looks much better. Retro, your's is about the only other one out there next to mine that looks AWESOME! Here is a link to my custom painted cover. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39038
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:23 PM   #23
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heres a couple pics of my engine cover that i painted a couple weeks ago. [IMG]http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a329/tightextreme03/DS****45.jpg[/IMG]
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:10 PM   #24
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Here is how mine turned out.
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:52 PM   #25
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