: Painting valve covers



Rocket88
05-30-10, 04:42 PM
I always figured the Northstar deserved to look prettier than it is. Some nicely painted valve covers and some detailing under the hood would make a heck of a difference.

Has anyone ever done this? Anything to worry about? Any potential pitfalls?

Thanks!

Submariner409
05-30-10, 06:57 PM
2000+ or earlier ??? Two different styles. ( 2004 Pontiac ???)

Other than the screaming bitch of removing the cam covers, no reason not to. Just make sure the head surface is clean with no nicks, replace all the spark plug well O-ring seals, and be careful when installing the new formed silicone cam cover seals ("gaskets").

Rocket88
05-30-10, 09:35 PM
Yup, 2004 GXP.

I haven't even checked the material yet on them, but I would probably like to do a crinkle finish red or something like that.

As I said before, that engine deserves to look prettier!

codewize
05-31-10, 10:32 AM
I say body color.

Rocket88
06-05-10, 07:46 AM
Body colour is medium gray metallic. Don't know how well that would work.

Anyone know what the valve covers are made of?

Submariner409
06-05-10, 09:43 AM
My guess is some sort of thermoplastic.

Krashed989
06-05-10, 02:09 PM
Valve covers are powder coated aluminum. I did mine, you really have to clean the crap out of them for it to work. Once the powdercoat chips off, underneath it is unmelted powder. So it get's kind of annoying and tedious.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c296/Krashed989/100_1252.jpg

thewireman*
06-06-10, 10:42 AM
Valve covers are powder coated aluminum. I did mine, you really have to clean the crap out of them for it to work. Once the powdercoat chips off, underneath it is unmelted powder. So it get's kind of annoying and tedious.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c296/Krashed989/100_1252.jpg

No A/C?

Krashed989
06-07-10, 02:07 AM
Haha.. No need, It's Hawaii! :p