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Painting valve covers

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by 86GTMonkey, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. 86GTMonkey

    86GTMonkey Well-Known Member

    Once I get the tool to remove the valve covers (namely a Dremel to get the stripped screws out and the bolt kit), I'd love to repaint them. I'm thinking a glossy black, with red lettering, and the center cover red, considering I'm eventually painting my car black and two-toning the red interior. I'm just wondering what sort of paint should I use, where to get it, and how much I should sand the covers before painting. Also, while the covers are off the head, what should I place over top of it to keep out debris? Would a towel or trash bag work?
  2. CrazyAchmed

    CrazyAchmed Well-Known Member Donated!

    Trash bag will do just fine or some clean rags(Beat the holy shit out of them before you put them in there so no small bits of fabric go in there)

    I usually us a high temp heat paint for the valve cover. (But I like the flat black look) I think your local parts store will carry a nice selection of paints for use in high heat applications.
  3. wickyman

    wickyman Guest

    Hit your local napa, checkers, or kragen. They usually have a lot of selection, also autozone. I almost never go to autozone because ricers like to hang out in the parking lot... lol
  4. Letze

    Letze Well-Known Member

    that they do..
  5. wickyman

    wickyman Guest

    It seems to be the prime place for them to hang out... lol I personally don't consider myself a ricer... I think the classic 4g, 5g's to be more classy... :D
  6. schmooot

    schmooot Well-Known Member

    if you want to spray the lettering a different color than the cover try this.

    After sanding the cover (600-800 grit) and making sure it is thoroughly degreased, spray the lettering the color you want and let dry a while.

    Then sand the oversprayed paint off the cover.

    Now get a bottle of translucent silicon grease (it is a lube so it will come out of the tube like silicone but will not set) (I guess it doesn't have to be translucent maybe a darker color might be easier to see the lines but I don't know if it even comes in a different color)

    Now apply the grease into the lettering...if you have a steady hand you can make a really nice bead.

    Now just spray the valve covers and when that dries wipe off the grease.

    Or you could spray the entire thing and then mask off the letters and spray the letters second but it may be difficult if the covers are black and you want the letters red or something
  7. 86GTMonkey

    86GTMonkey Well-Known Member

    Awesome, thanks everyone. :)

    They do have glossy high-temp. paint right?
  8. wickyman

    wickyman Guest

    Yeah. I am going to grab a can of glossy black soon. I was looking a while back, for my project Caddillac engine, for my 56 f100. :) You can get them in glossy, or satin finish, and make sure you get the right enamel also! The hgiher the temp, the better. I think they impregnate ceramic into the paint, or something, so that when it heats up, it pretty much bakes it on! :D
  9. 86GTMonkey

    86GTMonkey Well-Known Member

    If somebody wants to do this for me I would greatly appreciate it. I need to know exactly how hot the valve covers on a 3SGE get after the engine is completely warmed up and has been driven for a bit. I'd do this myself, but I don't have a laser thermometer and my car's dead out of gas. Thanks. :)

    Alternatively, to save some time: Do you think the temp. exceeds 550F?
  10. Letze

    Letze Well-Known Member

    I've heard of people getting away with the 500 degree paint... (which has more color options)

    or you can just say fuck it and get the 1200 degree paint
  11. 86GTMonkey

    86GTMonkey Well-Known Member

    See thats why I want to know, because only the 500 degree paint comes in gloss black like I want. the 1200 is all flat colors.
  12. wickyman

    wickyman Guest

    I think, if you went with the 500 degree paint, it would be cool... I think, that stuff is mainly a top end application anyhow, and the 1200 is for exhaust, and other bottom end stuff... Mainly, the 500 degree paint uses less ceramic in the paint, for areas that don't need it as much... The other paint has more ceramic, for a much more durable coat... You know?
  13. Re:

    Indeed, this is what I just tried. Ultimately, I left this tape on too long, pulling up some of the base coat that I sprayed first.
    I think it would work fine if you pull the masking off just after a second coat gets tacky.

    This is how it turned out. New aluminum color base, black for the large "toyota" and "2000" and the same blue as my block for the lines and small print.
    I bought a flat foam brush and a small foam roller brush to try to go over the aluminum base coat, without seeping into the letters. Maybe I should go the grease route. Actually in all reality, anything looks a million times better then they did. It would have been a crime to leave them as they were and torque them onto the freshly painted block...
    I'll post again when it's clean.

    P.S.-I think any paint designed for a high temp and/or engine application is suitable for your cam covers.
  14. 86CelicaGT-S

    86CelicaGT-S Well-Known Member

    Great job of the cam covers - they look REALLY good!

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