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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 06-21-2012, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Painting Valve Cover

This week end I'm going to paint my valve cover (engine) in orange since my car is black and has orange stickers. Has anyone done it? I'm looking for tips to get the optimal result. Also, if you wanna post your result it would be appreciated.

Finally, should I paint my CAI too?



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Well, I've done it. here some pics.






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Can you give me a quick how too?
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Can you give me a quick how too?
My way wasn't the easiest because I was too lazy to remove the valve cover.

I washed my motor with n2000 (any engine cleaner would be fine)
1.Remove spark plugs
2.Remove CAI
3.Remove the wires (so you just see your engine)
Should take approx. 15 min.

**You must mask the spark plugs hole with maskin tape**

4.sands the whole valve cover with 400 grinds
5.sands with 600 grinds to have a perfect finish
Took me approx. 3 hours

I isolated my engine with maskin tape and newspaper then I painted

6.Give the first coat of high temperature paint
7.wait 10 min.
8.redo it until you like the result (4-5 coats)
9.wait 1 hour
10.remove all the maskin tape and newspapers
11.wait 1 hour (because you want the paint to be perfectly dry)
12.reinstall the cai and the spark plugs

But as I said it would have been easier if i removed the valve cover but it would have been longer.

It's a 5 hours job.



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Just remove the valve cover by taking out the bolts or is there more to it
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Just remove the valve cover by taking out the bolts or is there more to it
just remove the bolt, but the problem is when you put it back...you have to tighten crossover and all bolts must be all as tight. Also if you remove it you have to make sure that nothing goes in your motor so you'll need to put bag or something to cover it.



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Yea I figured it wasn't just an easy thing to do. Kinda sketches me out doing stuff that could eff my car
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Just take your time. It's not that hard to do. Remove the fasteners (all 10mm) Clean the hell out of the valve cover. good degreaser and sanding. Once everything is clean and dry, start with primer. Give like 2 or 3 coats with 15 minutes between coats. Once the primer is dry start spraying color. Go really light and do a LOT of coats. This way you get a better finish, and less chance of any runs. Once you are satisfied with your color, wait for it to dry then wet sand with 3000 grit sandpaper, clean then let dry. Once everything is dry, start spraying clear. Give it a few good, wet coats of clear. Once it's dry, wetsand again with 3000 and finsh with 6000. You should be finished in a few hours.

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The main thing is that if you make a mistake, just wait for it to dry, sand it out and add another coat of paint and you are good to go!

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Is putting the cover back on that worries me. And having the engine exposed.
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