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What kind of spray paint should i use to paint my plastic engine cover?
i used Krylon plastic spray paint for my interior trim and used engine enamel for my calipers an drums.. which would work best or what did u use?
 

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Since I had planned to paint my coil pack and polish the valve covers I just used the high temp paint I had planned on using for the coil pack to see what it looked like and how it held up to heat.

I think the stuff I used was called engine enamel with ceramic coating(by VHT I think). It was rated for 500 degrees, but theres paints that go considerably higher.

Since its just the cover I dont know what temps you need to plan for, but regular paint might not hold up over the long term...Im not positive though.

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this is all I did and it still is on there. My sister has a red cobalt so she has it on her car now and it still looks new.

this was before I did any works to my engine bay btw

 

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any high temp paint will work. just go to any auto parts store and pick the colors you want. anything 500 degrees and up will work. some times the high temp paints dry dull, so you may want to pick up some high gloss high temp clear as well. (anodized paints also work just make sure you read the label to make sure it can handle high temps.

 

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Yea what XFE said ^

 

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Just to correct myself from before, the paint I used was duplicolor engine enamel. I also am not a fan of the cover, but do whatever works for you.

I polished mine while it was on the car and it was a pain even though I have a simpler valve cover than other years/models. I found another valve cover for 20 bucks on ebay so Im probably going to buy it and give it a real professional polishing in my spare time and just throw it on when finished. that way I can get all the hard to reach spots...maybe you can find a cheap one to work on as well as long as youd be comfortable putting it on when ready.
 

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The only reason that cover is on there is for NVH reasons.

Remove it, and paint the valvecover.
 

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Never said it didn't look good. Just saying if you think painting the plastic cover is silly, I think painting the valve cover is just as silly.
I think most people would disagree with you in that one..:notrust: in my opinion getting rid of something made out of plastic to cover the engine valve it's the easiest and cheapest mods in the cobalt!!!
 

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THat blue is VERY nice in my op... subtle and nice cool color

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just wish you could get a blue intake elbow
 

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I think most people would disagree with you in that one..:notrust: in my opinion getting rid of something made out of plastic to cover the engine valve it's the easiest and cheapest mods in the cobalt!!!
maybe if I were more of a car-guy I'd see it your way. so I can see where you are coming from. before this car I didn't even know an intake from a throttle body. I didn't even know what a header or downpipe was. so maybe I just don't appreciate what is actually under the cover enough to care to see it.

and again, I really do like your scheme, the braided hoses are sexy without being too much. if I had more patience and skill to take off the valve cover to paint, I'd probably do it. but with the plastic thing, you can do it in a few days without having to worry about if you need to use the car.
 
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