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Old 09-15-2010, 08:25 PM   #526
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I havent read anything from anyone about the covers getting so hot that they peel or blister the paint. I know mine never even gets uncomfortable to the touch. I checked it several times before and after the paint. I think we would have heard by now if there were any problems. I painted mine several months back and it looks exactly the same as the day I painted it. Very happy with it. I did use paint designed for plastic.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:28 PM   #527
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Mrvnmartian that cover is awesome man!
Thanks, I have to do some touch up though.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:31 PM   #528
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Thanks. I actually used a piece of flame retardant felt that I got at a local hobby shop. Took a little trial and error to get the exact measurements. I added the Chevrolet lettering that I got on Ebay. It isnt professional but I actually like it better than most of the ones I have seen for sale. Or at least the ones that I can afford! I still plan on adding more chrome, like on the strut towers, relay box,etc.
Here's a better pic of the homemade underhood bowtie....taken before a lot of the other mods.
Cool, it looks like a good fit
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Old 09-16-2010, 05:53 AM   #529
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I feel pretty confident about the paint being able to handle the temps. I popped my hood after some freeway driving yesterday, and a lot of sitting in traffic (there was a huge wreck on the way home). I put my hand right on the engine cover, and although it was warm, it wasn't even uncomfortable to the touch. I did use Rust-oleum paint that specifically mentioned plastic though.




Lookin' good. I went with the Injen too, but I got the short ram. Also have a black car with the engine cover painted silver.

What did ya paint the red chevy logo with?
I was talking about the chemicals in the paint melting the cover, not the heat underhood... Some paints are not compatible with plastics and the solvents will actually melt the plastic.. but in that case you would notice it within a few minutes of spraying the paint. I used The Krylon paint and have not has any issues at all since i put it on 6 months ago...
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Old 09-16-2010, 07:04 AM   #530
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I was talking about the chemicals in the paint melting the cover, not the heat underhood... Some paints are not compatible with plastics and the solvents will actually melt the plastic.. but in that case you would notice it within a few minutes of spraying the paint. I used The Krylon paint and have not has any issues at all since i put it on 6 months ago...
Ahhh...gotchya. That would make for one heck of a messI've read good things on here about the Krylon.
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Old 09-17-2010, 04:36 PM   #531
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i want to do it. but i have a few questions.

what paint is needed?

is sanding required?

i have black car. what color should i do?
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Old 09-17-2010, 05:01 PM   #532
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i want to do it. but i have a few questions.

what paint is needed?

is sanding required?

i have black car. what color should i do?
If you read through the thread, there's quite a few different variations to how people painted them.

Personally, I just wiped the cover down with a lint free rag and rubbing alcohol, taped the cover off with blue painters tape and applied several light coats of Krylon Fusion paint (meant for plastic).

I did it almost 2 months ago and still looks as good as new.
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Old 09-17-2010, 05:18 PM   #533
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If you read through the thread, there's quite a few different variations to how people painted them.

Personally, I just wiped the cover down with a lint free rag and rubbing alcohol, taped the cover off with blue painters tape and applied several light coats of Krylon Fusion paint (meant for plastic).

I did it almost 2 months ago and still looks as good as new.
Thats what I did 6 months ago.. and it still looks as good as the day I did it.

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i want to do it. but i have a few questions.

what paint is needed?

is sanding required?

i have black car. what color should i do?
I would probably go With Red.. Black and red go good together.. then again I am partial to yellow..LOL...
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Old 09-17-2010, 05:25 PM   #534
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Thats what I did 6 months ago.. and it still looks as good as the day I did it.
Good to know!
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Old 09-18-2010, 07:56 AM   #535
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iam do mine sparker blue!
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Old 09-18-2010, 09:43 AM   #536
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I finally got around to getting stainless bands to replace the plastic ones and match the other stainless accents...

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Old 09-18-2010, 02:14 PM   #537
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where did you get it ?? the stainless bands and what color paint is that ( can you be detailed ) ( like brand and such )
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Old 09-18-2010, 02:23 PM   #538
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The bands were custom-made and the paint is just rattle-can, factory-matched (GAP=IBM) from NAPA (engine cover only; other IBM bits are from Showstopper).
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Old 09-18-2010, 02:33 PM   #539
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For people who did vinyls on their engine covers, how does it handle the heat? Does it peel off after awhile? or something?
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I finally got around to getting stainless bands to replace the plastic ones and match the other stainless accents...

Kool,,, Looks better than the plastic did
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Old 09-18-2010, 08:07 PM   #541
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the stainless looks pretty sweet, Tony. I did think of an idea for filling the flutes and emblem spot, without using fiberglass- still will require some work, though. The cover does look and feel to be ABS, which meas that if you use ABS cement, and 'melt' abs shavings into the cement, you can then use that as a permanent filler/weld-in. would just then need to sand/fill/primer the black section to blend it in. I've seen this trick used to add custom gauges to dash interiors before. Gives similar results to fiberglass, but it's sturdier, as it's actually chemically bonded/permanent, rather than a patch.
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Skyman: Thanks. This was the plan all along. The plastic was a stand-in.

Toasty: I like that idea! I'll check the recycling codes to verify.
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Skyman: Thanks. This was the plan all along. The plastic was a stand-in.

Toasty: I like that idea! I'll check the recycling codes to verify.

I looked at mine, and I didn't see any recycling codes? just the p/n and various casting numbers, etc. -- perhaps George has the scraps that he cut from his engine cover that you could practice on
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I looked at mine, and I didn't see any recycling codes? just the p/n and various casting numbers, etc. -- perhaps George has the scraps that he cut from his engine cover that you could practice on
ha-ha, I got scraps.
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LOL I'm glad you replied first! I don't call you The Surgeon for nothing!
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Whoa! He even does reconstruction! See!
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For people who did vinyls on their engine covers, how does it handle the heat? Does it peel off after awhile? or something?
It holds up perfect. Have used it all summer. I've got the vinyl in couple areas of my bay. Works great.
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lol, I just posted a pic in my journal of the life of my bay this summer.

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Old 09-18-2010, 09:39 PM   #550
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I just got my engine cover painted. This is just the start though, I plan to get some lights in there and the Fuse box painted =p But i'm going through a design process, haha

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