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Hey everyone, Im doing some cam work over the next few weeks, and I thought since I have the valve covers off, maybe I should paint them. I saw a pic on here of someones car (can't remember who) that had orange valve covers.. I really like the idea, and the color.

So does anyone have any tips for me? other than make sure they are clean.. Would it help if they where sand blasted?? I have access to a blast booth..

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Sand blasting/media blasting can leave a texture on the metal. If I were you I'd just clean them really well and lightly sand the surface with 800 grit paper.
 

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Powdercoating would be best but I used high temp engine enamel (FORD BLUE). I clean very well with throttlebody cleaner, made sure was dry and sprayed couple layers of paint. I've also seen where someone put down a ford racing decal and then a couple layers of clear on top and it was beautiful.

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Go ahead and remove the oil filler tube while you are there (twist right off) and then just tighten the cap back on. In my opinion looks much better...
 

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If you have a powder coater locally that you can get to do them once you drop them off than you would be in business. It's a much better route compared to paint.
 

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Powdercoating would be best but I used high temp engine enamel (FORD BLUE). I clean very well with throttlebody cleaner, made sure was dry and sprayed couple layers of paint. I've also seen where someone put down a ford racing decal and then a couple layers of clear on top and it was beautiful.

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Go ahead and remove the oil filler tube while you are there (twist right off) and then just tighten the cap back on. In my opinion looks much better...
Yeah I am with you on the powdercoat, but I really don't want to pay someone, I do like the idea of painting them myself, and if they turn out like ass, Ill blast them and send them to a powdercoater.. Thank you for the idea of powder coating them..

As far as the idea of putting a sticker on before hitting them with clear, I LOVE IT.. Freakin awesome, I will be doing that!! Thank you very much for that idea..
 

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My high temp engine enamel paint is chipping and looks like ass..... will be powder coating them soon, dont waste your time.
 

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My high temp engine enamel paint is chipping and looks like ass..... will be powder coating them soon, dont waste your time.
Exactly what happens to generally everyone after a while... My guess is the magnesium doesn't play nice.
 

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Huh.... Well thats lame!!! Stupid magnesium!! Doesn't it know that WE won the war?? Jezzzz.. Well thanks for the heads up, I guess they will be going for powder coat..

Oh well, It was worth a shot, thanks for the info folks.
 

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I've had mine sprayed for almost 2 yrs now without an issue...I did clean the hell out of the covers beforehand though. If you could find some high temp etching primer that could help.
 

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If you have a powder coater locally that you can get to do them once you drop them off than you would be in business. It's a much better route compared to paint.
I agree. Powder coating is the only way to go. A local shop did mine in a couple days while I was doing the cam swap.
 

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I would have loved to have powdercoated mine but it wasn't in the budget nor could I afford the downtime on my DD. I painted mine with engine paint 3 years ago and still looks new so it has worked out fine for me. I prepped mine really well and maybe that is why others are having problems with chipping. Or possibly a crappy brand of paint.

 

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I would have loved to have powdercoated mine but it wasn't in the budget nor could I afford the downtime on my DD. I painted mine with engine paint 3 years ago and still looks new so it has worked out fine for me. I prepped mine really well and maybe that is why others are having problems with chipping. Or possibly a crappy brand of paint.

Looks freakin sharp bro!!! very nice! Thank you
 

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No problem, thanks for the comments. If you decide to paint here is what I did. After removing them I wiped them down to get as much oil off as I could. I then sprayed full strength Simple Green and let it really set in.... about 15 minutes later I rinsed it all off. I did this twice. Then I use a heat gun to make sure it was completely dry. Painted them with Duplicolor Engine paint while hanging from coat hangers. I let them dry over night and then installed them. 3 Years now and they look the same as they did before and this is on a daily driver.
 

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Yep painted mine as well. I cleaned the hell out of them first. Then sprayed about 3 coats of primer on, 4 coats of the (Ford Blue) high temp paint and then put the decals on and sprayed about 5 or 6 coats of clear. Ya it took a while but never had any problems with chipping or fading.



 

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What the hell fellas!!!!!! You guys got all these beautiful valve covers!!! I think there should be a thread for under the hood, seriously, every single one of you guys have done a great job, and they all look very sexy.. Im inspired now, Thank you all for your replys!!!!
 
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