Make your engine compartment look like new
I'm new here and hadn't seen a recent thread on this so I thought I would throw it out here.
My engine is getting replaced by Mustang One here in Oklahoma. While it was out I wanted to get the engine compartment cleaned up and painted. I spoke to Todd and he suggested two options:
1. Pay him to do it
2. Do it myself while the car was in the shop
So I opted to do it myself. I spent 8 hours cleaning, sanding and painting and it looks like new. Here's what i used
1 Gallon of Lacquer Thinner 12.99
1 Box of rags 9.99
1 Pack of Sandpaper 150 grit 2.49
2 Cans of Black Satin Spray Paint 2.99 each
1 Can Krylon gray sandable primer 4.99
1 Strong Putty Knife 5.99
1 Roll Masking Tape 2.49
1 Roll 12 inch Masking Paper 5.99
Total 50.91 plus tax
First off dress accordingly. This process will get you dirty as heck. You can try using latex gloves, but after 10 min it eats right through them. Next, start scraping the flaky/loose paint off all the metal. This does take a while to go through the whole compartment but it's worth it. Now here's the real icky part...Soak a rag in the lacquer thinner....I mean soak it till it's dripping. Then start wiping down all the paint. It will start to come off rubbing it down. It's going to take a little bit but it's a lot better than sanding for hours. You don't need a lot of pressure, just let the thinner do all it's work. This process will take several hours as well as make your hands, arms and clothes black with 40 year old paint.
After all the paint is primarily off use your sandpaper and smooth out the edges of the paint. Also, use it to smooth out any surface rust that you may have. Depending on how bad your rust is...this may take a while. You don't have to remove it all, just smooth it all out.
Next take some clean rags and wipe all the areas down with a little bit of lacquer thinner. Don't want to mess up all your work. Just to clean the surface and get rid of all that sanding dust. Start to prep your paint area. Mask off anything you don't not want over-spray on.
Grab your primer and lightly coat all the areas. One can should be just enough to cover the whole area. If not, then you might be using too much. Once all sprayed then let it sit for about 10 min the air dry. You will find this stuff dries quick. Then start with the black and do a light coating. You don't have to complete cover it. If there is a touch of gray, that's OK. Let it set for 20 min then put on another coat. Just clean up...and you are done.
One thing I would recommend...Put some old cardboard or carpet down under the car. This is a mess to clean up and catching it will make it soo much easier.
I'll post pics once i get home.
Thanks to Todd at Mustang One for the guidence and letting me do this at his shop!
Last edited by BDK; April 9th, 2011 at 04:00 AM.