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Items Needed:
1. Masking Tape
2. Sandpaper (300,350,400 are all fine)
3. Dish soap or Paint Surface Prep (depending on how dirty the pieces are)
4. 8mm Socket if you want to remove the cam cover
5. Primer/Spray Paint (1 can of each did my entire project. I used Duplicolor Metalcast, Adhesion Promoter, and Ground Coat)
6. Lamin-X or other clear cover if you want to protect your finished paint job
7. Rubber Gloves

Install Time: 2 Days

Difficulty Level: 5

Step 1
Start by removing all parts that you want to paint. For this project I painted the SVT coolant cover, batter cover, fuse box cover, windshield fluid cover, passenger engine mount cover, transmission fluid dipstick, coolant cap, strut tower covers and cam cover (for easy removal of the cam cover, first remove the coolant tank and power steering reservoir to access the four bolts holding it on, then heat it up with a hair dryer to ensure it doesn't crack while taking it out)

Step 2
Clean the parts with either the dish soap or if your like me and have a dirty engine bay. The paint surface prep worked wonders on the grease and dirt buildup. Use rubber gloves if you'd rather not have surface prep all over you. After you finish removing all the grime give the pieces a quick rinse with clean water.

Step 3
After the parts are clean lightly rough them up with the sandpaper. Your just looking to give the paint a better surface to hold to so you don't have to spend to long. Just a couple wax on and wax off strokes on the entire surface to be painted.

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(Surface prepping the pieces)

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(Parts are dry, sanded down, and ready to be masked off)

Step 4
Rinse the part again to remove any sanding residue and dry the parts thoroughly before proceeding. At this point you want to have as little physical contact with the parts as possible or you'll transfer the oils from your hands to the plastic and the paint won't adhere as well. Rubber gloves work well for not touching the pieces.

Step 5
Now that the parts are dry go ahead and mask off any areas you don't want to get paint on. I masked off the inside's of all the covers like the coolant cover etc and the inside fuse box cover so I could keep the diagram intact.

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Step 6
Your now ready to paint. Set up a well ventilated area you can work in and spread out some newspaper so you don't get spray paint everywhere. Word to the wise, the metal flake in the ground coat will go everywhere...luckily it wipes off easily. Work in an area with low dust if possible..so it doesn't land on the parts while you paint. I used the duplicolor metalcast spray paint but any high temp paint should work fine..all depends what color and look your going for. Just be aware that since it's plastic you do need to use some kind of plastic primer so the paint will adhere.

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Step 7
Start by applying the duplicolor adhesion promoter. I used two coats and allowed 5-10 minutes in between coats. You just want a nice even coverage of the entire piece so that the ground coat will adhere to the plastic. If your worried about your spray painting technique practice on something else first so you can get familiar with it. Try to keep your hands off any painted areas as this can cause the paint to run or smear.

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Step 8
Wait 10 minutes after you apply the adhesion promoter coats and your now ready to apply the ground coat. The ground coat contains the metal flake and gives the metal like background to the paint. I went three coats with this and made sure it had a deep shine before applying the paint. My first coat of this was a little thicker than normal so I could get good coverage of the entire piece. You wait 10 minutes in between coats and 30-60 minutes after you apply the last coat before applying the paint.

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(Pieces after final paint is applied)

(You can see the difference in the sun. The metal flake from the ground coat really catches the light)

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Step 9
For the paint I applied two coats with some final touch up work to get even coverage. The metal flake is very apparent in direct sun and the final touch up should be done in direct sun so you can really see how the paint looks. My garage light just didn't cut it. After your happy with the finished product walk away and let the pieces dry. I brought them inside overnight and let them dry in a warm room.

(Notch taken out of the cam cover for easy install)

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Step 10
Now that the paint is done and dry your ready to put them back in your car. This is a good time to clean the engine bay if you haven't already (simple green and rags works wonders). The paint should be dry to the touch and you should be able to handle the parts easily without gloves. Try not to scratch up anything as you put it back in . If you painted the cam cover use that hair dryer again and think about putting a notch in the bottom of it to make it easier to get back in.

(Battery cover with clear cover applied and cut to fit)

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Step 11
Optional step: applying lamin-x or other clear cover onto the painted parts. I chose to do this on my battery cover and fuse box because I constantly take off my battery cover and knew I would scratch the paint. It's easier to put them lamin-x on after the paint is dry but before you install the parts again. Simply cut out a piece slightly larger than the part and apply. Then cut away the excess with a razor blade and your done. The paint still shines through and now it's protected.


Step 12
Sit back and enjoy your newly painted engine bay.

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Old 12-22-2010, 11:08 AM   #2
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Default Re: How to Paint Your Engine Bay Covers

or bring them to me. as u can see in pictures it looks 100% perfect but you wont see the runs and bubbles...

this is a cheaper way to do it and it will come out okay and you will like it.
only time you will see a difference if you have one done at a shop side by side.
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chulo where in jersey do you live and how long would it take you to do?
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Engine cover looks GOOD!! Gotta paint mine once I decide on what color my car is gonna be in the future.
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Nice. I lije it.
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nice , this is most def my next to do thing
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Gunna get mine done soon as well. Waiting for my boy to come thru to pick them up.
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I am trying to get the covers , anyone know where to get them ?? i have the engine cover and the radiator one by the condenser , i need the other two covers.
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Does it really matter how smooth you sand the surface first? I tried doing this project the same way even same color and came out like shit...although I didn't use the ground coat is that where I went wrong
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When I've done mine....oh better not give advice because your kitchen floor would be a new color too...LMAO
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I did mine and they came out just okay. But I plan on removing the paint and starting over. However I did realize later that you paint in a sweeping motion NOT a constant spray.
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However I did realize later that you paint in a sweeping motion NOT a constant spray.
That's painting 101.
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That's painting 101.
Yep, learned the hard way.
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