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Old 03-15-2019, 01:47 PM   #1
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What is the coating on the valve cover? Clearcoat? It is peeling down to metal in a few spots, I'd like to wire brush the spots and rattle-can spray it silver.

Do you think Rust-Oleum would stick? Or do I need some high temperature paint?

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Old 03-15-2019, 04:34 PM   #2
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High-Temp is the only stuff that won't burn off fast.

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Old 03-15-2019, 04:41 PM   #3
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The valve cover does not get very hot. I bet rustoleum would be fine.

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Old 03-15-2019, 06:39 PM   #4
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1997 SL SOHC

What is the coating on the valve cover? Clearcoat? It is peeling down to metal in a few spots, I'd like to wire brush the spots and rattle-can spray it silver.

Do you think Rust-Oleum would stick? Or do I need some high temperature paint?
Yep, should work or pick up a can of engine silver. Do not use high temp as you can not properly bake it as required.

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Old 03-15-2019, 08:43 PM   #5
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Dupli Color Engine Paint
https://duplicolor.com/product/engin...l-with-ceramic

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https://www.rockauto.com/en/parts/du...ne+paint,52523

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Old 03-15-2019, 10:50 PM   #6
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Usually I'll spend the extra time powder coating the valve cover if I rebuild the engine. If you have the option available, it lasts around 10 years.
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Old 03-16-2019, 06:03 AM   #7
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As Mattwithcats showed,

Dupli Color Engine Paint
https://duplicolor.com/product/engin...l-with-ceramic

It's a high temp (500 degree F) paint, not Rust oleum stuff

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Old 03-16-2019, 07:42 AM   #8
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Any high temp engine paint (available in any auto parts store) will work fine. I'd just give it a good cleaning, then sand or wire brush any loose paint until you've got a smooth surface. Wipe down with solvent to dissolve any remaining grease/oil/wax and paint 'er up.

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Old 03-16-2019, 08:50 PM   #9
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I wanted to paint my new used aluminum valve cover but got lazy and time is not my pal so I left it. I looked at all the deep recesses around the word Saturn and got scared off. I think sand or glass blasting it would’ve been the best. (Next time)

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I stripped mine and used high heat engine paint. Looks great!
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Old 03-18-2019, 01:01 PM   #11
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I wire brushed it, and degreased it, ready to shoot Duplicolor as soon as the garage attic is >75 degrees
Yes those photos above look good!

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Yes those photos above look good!
Yep, that does look good. When I did mine, I got a small 3" paint roller from HomeDepot and lightly rolled on black paint on the letters without getting any drips on the sides to give the letters some contrast. Very low nap roller and very light touch over maybe 2-3 coats. After it dried, I shot the entire cover with two coats of high temp clear.

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