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Old 04-11-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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Default valve cover paint?

does anyone know of a good paint to use on valve covers? one that will last and not chip off after a month
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Use heat paint of some kind If you do it right and prep real good it won't chip
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VHT wrinkle black or red.. should be able to google it.

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I use that metallic high heat paint in the spray can from advance Auto parts works like a charm just make sure I sand it good and prime it before using the color paint
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i used red high temp brake caliper paint on my valve cover, been painted for 6 months or so and no chips or weird deformations
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Krylon paint hasn't chipped I cleared it too
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Here's a shot of how VHT wrinkle comes out

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did u get ALL the old paint off and prime it?
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Ive always been a fan of powder coat, but really any type of paint is usable, as long as you prep the right way.
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^^ This is how my powder coated valve cover came out, back in the day

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This looks awesome.
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Ive always been a fan of powder coat, but really any type of paint is usable, as long as you prep the right way.
Powder coat IS awesome. But for the investment of a can of VHT and a can of Tal-Strip I can get really good results four times before I equal the cost of taking it to a powder coater once.
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This what my valve cover and intake pipe look like with the right prep and VHT paint from advance.
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Anyone using regular spray paint and adding clear coat?
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Anyone using regular spray paint and adding clear coat?
You should use high temp, not just regular spray. Engine bay temps will maul regular spray real quick.
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Even with a high temp clear?
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Tal-Strip, mask, acetone, VHT, bake. Came out perfect.
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Nothing but powder coat touches any of my valve covers.


Post your POWDERCOATED, PAINTED, ANODIZED, GOLD DIPPED, SHAVED, ETC. VALVE COVERS!!
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Yes. Different chemical compositions to the paint.

Personal opinion: Powder coating is a waste of money, and a played out scene. If I'm showing off my valve cover, I'd rather show off the time and effort I put into painting it than show off how much I can spend on having someone else do it for me.
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Sorry but the wrinkle is nasty just use highroad temp engine paint just make sure.its preped right and you'll have no problems
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srry to thread jack but would the spark plug cover on b16 be bad to have plastic dipped black? I mean its plastic and I don't think it'd get nasty... I painted mine with the plastic dip. Still have to get engine to run then I will see what happens lol
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This is my last car....I used paint thinner to get off the crinkle3 .

Not really a fan of the crinkle.

Then sanded a bit and used some regular ol rust oleum to paint.

I did 3 coats with the white rust oleum and then applied 2 coats of clear.

I think it turned out pretty good.
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Sorry but the wrinkle is nasty just use highroad temp engine paint just make sure.its preped right and you'll have no problems
Ehh its a matter of opinion, I personally don't care for valve covers that aren't a stock color. But yes, it can't be restated enough... the prep is the most important part.
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