: Painting the Engine Cover?

11-05-05, 02:56 PM
Anyone know what type of paint to use to get such a bright glossy finish on our engine covers like is pictured below. Do you think thats professionally dont with real automotive paint and clear coats. Or is just a high temp spray that I could buy and Do it myself. Also any negaitve effects anyone can think of. I think it looks pretty darn good.

11-05-05, 02:59 PM
There was a post not too long ago regarding a guy who was doing custom painting of engine covers. It may be in the search function and might have your answer.

I think the guy was painting flames on the cover, but he would certainly be able to do solid colors.

11-05-05, 03:01 PM
so this isnt something I can do? I was thinking: drive to pepboys (8 dollar can of high gloss black high temp paint) and going at it myself. But I dont think I would be able to get the nice glossy smooth look, plus I dont want it to look like cheap shit, I want it too look oem

11-05-05, 03:01 PM
Me like. Minimalistic and classy. Also, referee colors!

11-05-05, 03:06 PM
How handy are you with paint? I've never painted anything that didn't wind up looking like crap.

For the OEM look, take it to a good body shop. It won't cost much and will certainly look better and last longer.

Just my .02

11-05-05, 03:14 PM
yea i agree. I was just wondering if a high gloss that is smooth like that could be achieved simply using spray paint.

11-05-05, 03:27 PM
Consider the need for proper priming and the fact that it is a high temperature environment.

11-05-05, 10:42 PM
Good results like that will only come with skill, good equipment and paint, and good painting conditions. Don't even think of trying it yourself.......

11-06-05, 02:30 AM
anyone know an approximate price on something like that.

11-06-05, 03:07 AM
Anything from $5 to $1000 depends on what you want!

11-06-05, 10:56 AM
I'm still working on a group buy on plated engine covers. Mine is being done now in black chrome. So is the fuse box cover, radiator A/C cover and upper grill strip..all black chrome. As soon as I get my parts back I'll post pics.

11-07-05, 08:52 PM
I painted my FRC's a while back. Here is a link to pics on my site: http://www.blackcts-v.com/Default.aspx?album=CTSV/FRC

I have seen ones that guys painted themselves also. It seems like a lot of them use the plastic paints from Wal-mart; Krylon Fusion I believe.

11-08-05, 12:42 PM
Check out CVP33's engine cover... Looks pretty good to me...

11-08-05, 02:35 PM
Ames did you do that yourself?

Also in reference to the price, I was wondering how much a simple all gloss black finish would cost. Nothing major, no flames etc. Just Jet Black. You think I can do this myself?

11-08-05, 06:59 PM
You think I can do this myself?

Get yourself a smooth plastic box, and some black spray paint, and make believe that it is your engine cover. Paint it the best you can. Then mentally add a level of complexity due to the ridges and contours of the real engine cover, and ask yourself if you are comfortable with putting that level of paint quality as a showpiece under the hood of your $50K car.

Or hell....just give the engine cover a try with the understanding that if you fail you will need to live with it ugly, buy a new one, or send it out to a pro.


11-08-05, 08:39 PM
I'm not "Carnack the Magnificent," but I think I can predict how this story will end!:ill:

11-09-05, 07:39 AM
Here's a V Cover on Ebay. This would give you the oppotunity to experiment with paints and designs.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2004-2005-Cadillac-CTS-V-Engine-Cover-OE_W0QQitemZ8012182794QQcategoryZ46098QQrdZ1QQcmdZ ViewItem