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Old 01-17-2010, 12:12 PM   #1
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Painting the Engine Cover



To all the Camaro owners who painted their engine covers themselves ($285 option), let me ask:

1. Will the special order dealership 5 oz can of inferno orange spray be enough to paint the cover, or do I need to order another can?

2. After masking, did you spray a primer on the cover or just go directly to color?

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Old 01-17-2010, 12:28 PM   #2
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I want to know this also...and how much was the paint GeorgeM?
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First let me say that I didn't order any GM special color match paint, but my car is RJT so it's a little more common as a base color.

I used dupli-color, which I could not find in RJT, so I took several, ok 7, cans from the shelf and asked the cashier if I could take them out and color compare it to my car...

I found a match, and bought 3 - 5 oz cans of the base color and one can of clear...

If you are painting the silver area of your cover, there is no need to prime it, but...... you do need to scuff sand it. I used 800 grit wet/dry sand paper and sand it until you knock the shine off of it. This ensures your new paint will have something to adhere to. Sand it, wet, dry it off, and if there are any shiny spots, resand that area a little....

As a reminder, sand large areas, don't spot sand, you'll end up with dimples in the finish...
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Old 01-17-2010, 04:21 PM   #4
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I want to know this also...and how much was the paint GeorgeM?
The paint was $12.65 for a 5 oz. can and it had to be ordered. I have not received it yet.
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Old 01-17-2010, 04:28 PM   #5
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First let me say that I didn't order any GM special color match paint, but my car is RJT so it's a little more common as a base color.

I used dupli-color, which I could not find in RJT, so I took several, ok 7, cans from the shelf and asked the cashier if I could take them out and color compare it to my car...

I found a match, and bought 3 - 5 oz cans of the base color and one can of clear...

If you are painting the silver area of your cover, there is no need to prime it, but...... you do need to scuff sand it. I used 800 grit wet/dry sand paper and sand it until you knock the shine off of it. This ensures your new paint will have something to adhere to. Sand it, wet, dry it off, and if there are any shiny spots, resand that area a little....

As a reminder, sand large areas, don't spot sand, you'll end up with dimples in the finish...
Thanks for the help. Now I see I need more paint, clearcoat and 800 paper.
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Old 01-17-2010, 05:00 PM   #6
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To all the Camaro owners who painted their engine covers themselves ($285 option), let me ask:

1. Will the special order dealership 5 oz can of inferno orange spray be enough to paint the cover, or do I need to order another can?

2. After masking, did you spray a primer on the cover or just go directly to color?

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you can get duplicolor clear primer for automotive plasics at any autozone. I did 4 coats with 15 minutes inbetween. Then I used the can of SIM on mine and painted only the sides and I had enough leftto put 3 coats on my fuse box cover.

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Old 01-17-2010, 05:11 PM   #7
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A friend painted mine, but he wouldn't tell me how much it cost.
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Old 01-17-2010, 06:10 PM   #8
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Here is the cover I customized based on views of a few other covers and some inspiration from Camaro5...

I used dupli-color regular paint. After prepping it (cutting out the top with a dremel, and filing it smooth, cleaning and taping and sanding) I painted base coats and then wet sanded it with 800 grit and then heavier color coats and then sanded it again. I then sanded it with 1500 grit wet-dry, and then sprayed it with clear coat. I sanded that with 1500 wet and then applied another coat of clear. I wet sanded that and then buffed the whole thing out with ultra fine buffing compound. It actually has a very deep color appearance...After all else was done, I got some # 8 stainless cap washers and screws and fitted them in the holes running down the center on each side...I used some screen material from Home Depot, gutter screen used to keep leaves out of the gutters, and cut it to fit and then used JB weld to install them...
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Thanks for the help. Now I see I need more paint, clearcoat and 800 paper.
Here are a few more items to consider... and this is part of a large thread on the DIY page for engine covers...Dremel, file, screen material,.......... JB weld... lol...



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What if you have a V6 and want to paint your engine cover? How should I go about doing that since the whole thing is black? I have an ABM Camaro...
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1100 Order accepted at dealer: 9/15/2009 - NPGV41.
2000 Order accepted by GM: 9/29/2009
3000 Accepted By Production Control: 9/30/2009 - TPW 10/26/09
3100 Sequenced:10/12/09
3300 Scheduled For Production:10/13/09
3400 Broadcast:10/22/09
3800 Produced:10/27/09
4000 Available To Ship:10/28/09
4200 Shipped:10/29/09
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Old 01-17-2010, 06:31 PM   #10
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What if you have a V6 and want to paint your engine cover? How should I go about doing that since the whole thing is black? I have an ABM Camaro...
Would like to know too.
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What if you have a V6 and want to paint your engine cover? How should I go about doing that since the whole thing is black? I have an ABM Camaro...

This is what the factory painted cover looks like
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:23 PM   #12
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I had my dealer paint mine for $85. It came out perfect. Didn't have the patience to try painting myself and definitely was spending $285 to buy a new one.
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What if you have a V6 and want to paint your engine cover? How should I go about doing that since the whole thing is black? I have an ABM Camaro...
Check out this thread:
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32380
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:34 PM   #14
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I'm not george but I will tell you that the spray cans from Chevy do not go far. I ordered 2 for my engine cover and fuse box cover.
Prime first due to the texture of the plastic
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Did everyone on this thread use standard paint or did they use any "high heat" type or engine paint ?? I would maybe do my yellow , anyone know the best color match ?? I guess I thought with the heat under the hood especially in the summer when the A/C is on as well....some high temperatures can come....my $.02
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def go with high heat paint, just in case . While I didn't price it I don't beleieve thier was any diff in price anyway
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Did everyone on this thread use standard paint or did they use any "high heat" type or engine paint ?? I would maybe do my yellow , anyone know the best color match ?? I guess I thought with the heat under the hood especially in the summer when the A/C is on as well....some high temperatures can come....my $.02
I'm in south central texas where the heat is pretty extraordinary and have no problems... I used regular dupli-color from autozone... three cans of color and one can of clear...
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Here are a few more items to consider... and this is part of a large thread on the DIY page for engine covers...Dremel, file, screen material,.......... JB weld... lol...




WOW, that is one awesome engine cover!
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First let me say that I didn't order any GM special color match paint, but my car is RJT so it's a little more common as a base color.

I used dupli-color, which I could not find in RJT, so I took several, ok 7, cans from the shelf and asked the cashier if I could take them out and color compare it to my car...

I found a match, and bought 3 - 5 oz cans of the base color and one can of clear...

If you are painting the silver area of your cover, there is no need to prime it, but...... you do need to scuff sand it. I used 800 grit wet/dry sand paper and sand it until you knock the shine off of it. This ensures your new paint will have something to adhere to. Sand it, wet, dry it off, and if there are any shiny spots, resand that area a little....

As a reminder, sand large areas, don't spot sand, you'll end up with dimples in the finish...
I plan on painting the plastic part of the engine so I take it I will need some primer. I would like to paint my bowtie's as well. How would I go about prepping the chrome on the bowtie? Could I just sand that as well?
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What if you have a V6 and want to paint your engine cover? How should I go about doing that since the whole thing is black? I have an ABM Camaro...
I have an ABM 2LT RS V-6 also. I primed my engine cover after masking it off with 2 coats of Dupli color Adhesion promoter, a clear quick drying primer, then used Duplicolor auto spray DSGM438 Medium Quasar(M)[ i guess for metallic]. It looks real close to abm on the cap when I test sprayed it on other plastic and held it up to my Camaro's paint. Not an exact match, but pretty close IMO. The worse thing is that I won't put the cover back on , which has been off for months now. I'll post a few pics later when I can handle the cover
But if you want the correct paints, try this link: They offer 1/2 oz scratch pens up to 128 oz. base coat cans!
http://www.paintscratch.com/cgi-bin/makepaint2.cgi
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Not the best cell phone pics, but battery was dead on my camera, two coats primer, one coat paint(so far).Plan on one more and clearcoat
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I plan on painting the plastic part of the engine so I take it I will need some primer. I would like to paint my bowtie's as well. How would I go about prepping the chrome on the bowtie? Could I just sand that as well?
I will take it that you mean the engine cover... and the simple rule I follow is that if it is painted, you will not need primer as the prep work for the adhesion is already done. If you want to paint the non painted areas, ie... the areas that are not RJT on my cover above, then you will need an adhesion promoter. As for the finish, that depends on what you want. A glossy deep finish will not be achieved on the textured surfaces. if you want that finish, get ready for hours and hours of sanding prior to the adhesion prep...the other option that would certainly add weight is to skim as thin as possible a body filler on it and sand to fit... ??? I would not do this personally, but it is possible... thinking outside that box again...

As for the chrome, I would imagine there are several options... I saw a thread somewhere where in the guy painted the surrounds on his back up lights, which are chrome.... I'll see if I can find that thread...

I'm not terribly familiar with the chromed plastic pieces and what is best for them, maybe someone else will chime in for that...
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