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gectek
02-28-2008, 06:41 PM
ok didnt know where to put this, so ill post here. does anyone know of a good paint to use on engines. id like it to be in a spray can. i have some of the regular high heat engine enamel at work, but i was wondering if there is a better paint out there that will last longer and not fade so much...i want it to look good for a while.

oh BTW im going with red haha, i was just going to go back in black, but decided on red instead. some of the stock paint is flakin off in places, so i was also wondering if anyone had some input for what i could use to take the old paint off so i can have a good surface to paint on...

Ajaxus
02-28-2008, 06:57 PM
Powdercoating would probably last the longest.

And for cleaning, use a citrus based degreaser. The non-citrus based degreasers can damage the rubber parts of your engine in the long run, drying them out and making them crack.

cmtapanes
02-28-2008, 07:43 PM
powdercoating for sure will last you longer but if you want to use spry can use the heat resistance and after painting use a heat resistance clear for better finish.

gectek
02-29-2008, 01:21 AM
this is a completely bare block right now, and citrus wont make the factory paint come off...i need something harsh to take the enamel off so i can start with a new clean surface...i never thought of powder coating tho, i have a place in town that can do that tho...

kse73
02-29-2008, 02:36 AM
this is a completely bare block right now, and citrus wont make the factory paint come off...i need something harsh to take the enamel off so i can start with a new clean surface...i never thought of powder coating tho, i have a place in town that can do that tho...

You can try a commercial grade paint stripper.

PhantomLover007
02-29-2008, 02:41 AM
What about using some sandpaper or sander to remove the enamal?

lightningGA
02-29-2008, 05:50 AM
I just used a chemical paint stripper found at Home Depot when I stripped my S/C down. Stuff worked great.
It's called "Citristrip Safer Paint & Varnish Stripper"

http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImage/f71ea97e-c785-4914-a9ab-020d7d02fa83_400.jpg

Spray it on and leave it for a while, scrap it off with a plasic/rubber putty knife, wire brush (if needed) any left over paint

coupe
02-29-2008, 08:12 AM
You dont need to remove anything.
Just clean it extremely good and paint it with any high temp paint.

gectek
02-29-2008, 10:28 AM
well i was just wondering because some of it is starting to chip off, so maybe ill just take that off and repaint it black...i think thatll be the easiest color

cmtapanes
02-29-2008, 02:33 PM
you can also get a fine wire brush for your drill and strip the paint with that.

AaronGTR
02-29-2008, 07:17 PM
You dont need to remove anything.
Just clean it extremely good and paint it with any high temp paint.


Yeah, I did the same thing.

When I had my engine out the paint was flaking and it had a little rust on it. I used a citrus engine degreaser first, then I used a wire wheel to remove any loose paint and take some of the rust off, and last I wiped it down really good with mineral spirits. I painted it with Duplicolor high heat engine enamel with ceramic. I used their
primer first, then the paint. I only used clear coat on the parts I was leaving bare aluminum like the cylinder heads. The iron block looked glossy enough with just the paint, and it still looks perfect.


edit: why go with just black? That's boring, pick something more interesting. :) I used chevy orange, since the engine is based on the original chevy 60 degree v6. You could use the old pontiac blue though, or anything you like...

http://inlinethumb58.webshots.com/15865/1445354685052938416S600x600Q85.jpg

gectek
02-29-2008, 10:35 PM
i was thinking the pontiac light blue also, what did u do to ur valve covers to make em shiny?

AaronGTR
02-29-2008, 11:05 PM
I had the front valve cover and UIM polished and clear coated at a metal finishers. :) Didn't do that myself. I painted and/or clear coated the block, oil pan, heads, alternator, front cover, and LIM.

gectek
03-05-2008, 01:26 AM
ok so update, my girlfriend and i would have posted pics, but i forgot the camera, we got half the engine stripped so far, we found the best way to get the paint off is to let the paint remover work for about a day first, then u just wipe it right off, works very nice. she is helping me right along with it. ill post pics tomorrow if i can. i got some citrus strip at walmart...works very good, i only need to use one can even...its very good. then i have the high heat 1200* primer, the red 1200* paint and the high heat 500* clear coat...hopefully itll be done by this weekend, we will strip the other side tomorrow, then on to the back(im leaving the area behind the timing cover black due to the fact that i dont wanna worry about messing it up and getting something in the oil system

cmtapanes
03-05-2008, 07:50 AM
I been polishing some valve covers that I got from ebay. It's not easy, it's actually a pain in the ( | ). Hopefully I'll be done with the polishing this weekend.

I had the front valve cover and UIM polished and clear coated at a metal finishers. :) Didn't do that myself. I painted and/or clear coated the block, oil pan, heads, alternator, front cover, and LIM.

gectek
03-06-2008, 11:44 PM
pics of the before, during and after...
before, right and rear,
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/1887/cimg1003hl1.th.jpg (http://img158.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg1003hl1.jpg)
http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/865/cimg1011hc0.th.jpg (http://img201.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg1011hc0.jpg)
and after all sides, ill get to the back tomorrow
http://img352.imageshack.us/img352/7453/cimg1009zc4.th.jpg (http://img352.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg1009zc4.jpg)
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/2666/cimg1004gn3.th.jpg (http://img213.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg1004gn3.jpg)
works dang good, just let it sit for a day and off it comes, no prob

silvergtjrad
03-07-2008, 06:34 AM
Wow, that works pretty good. The color of that stipper reminds me of the fusion orange metallic paint on some GAGTs. Your block would look pretty nice in that color. Polish the valve covers, and paint the manifolds black. I think that would look pretty damn good.

lightningGA
03-07-2008, 07:01 PM
stuff works great...don't it!
Takes all the work out of it.

Can't wait to see it all painted up....just make sure you get all the stripper off. I scrubbed everything with soapy water and a brush....then I wiped everything down good with mineral spirits.

gectek
03-07-2008, 09:31 PM
im just gonna use brake clean and be done with it...that get it off

gectek
03-12-2008, 12:41 AM
all stripped now...used a few cans of brake clean to get t rest off and the residue off. then one more time with the brake clean, let it dry and put first coat of primer on engine...got almost the entire engine coated just laying on its front...looks good. me and my gf will go over the spots i missed last night, then scotch brite it to give some texture, another coat of primer, then on to 3 coats of paint, and 2 coats of clear...give me about 3-4 days and we will be done...
pics tomorrow

lightningGA
03-12-2008, 04:25 PM
FYI.....If your using DupliColor engine paint you are suppose to get the next coat on within an hour or wait 7 days for the paint to cure.

gectek
03-12-2008, 08:52 PM
i forget what paint it is, but its just primer right now...ill follow the labels and thanks for the heads up...ill get pics of it in primer then in color

gectek
03-14-2008, 01:25 PM
primed already and got 2 coats of bright red paint...ill get some pics tonight. then im going to clear coat it with 2 coats of that tonight and let it sit for a few days to cure and what not, then ill go back with reassembly and all that good stuff, ill make sure to post them later

gagtguy
03-29-2012, 11:51 PM
I know this is really late to the party but for anyone like me who reads this 4 years later looking for answers I thought I should add this...

Stove paint, the type used on cast iron fireplace stoves is extremely durable and very high heat. they best ones are $15-$25 a can and made by a company that makes paint for heavy industrial applications like deep sea oil rigs and commercial airplanes. I'm using it on my exhaust and it works great.