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Thread: Idiot move with the spark plugs wires? Need advice...

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    Idiot move with the spark plugs wires? Need advice...

    Alright, I made a dumb mistake today when I was painting my valve cover... I painted the spark plug wires as well... Yeah yea... I'm an idiot...

    I didn't paint the whole thing... Just the part that sticks out from under the engine cover. I didn't pull the wires out. Again, it's just the little bit that shows on the front side of the block.

    Now, let's forgo the fact that I did such a thing. I should have read about it first. My question is how likely is it that I will have problems that will hurt the car? Or, preferably, will I most likely be alright?

    Once more, I prove how gun-ho I can be, and how often I don't think before acting...


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    Re: Idiot move with the spark plugs wires? Need advice...

    I fail to see how that could possibly hurt anything. If you like the look, forget it.

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    Re: Idiot move with the spark plugs wires? Need advice...

    Well, it all started with my dad jokingly saying you aren't supposed to...

    Then I started looking around the internet and found several notes that specifically say not to get paint on the wires because something in the spray can affect the insulation?

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    Re: Idiot move with the spark plugs wires? Need advice...

    Well i guess you can always replace the wires.

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    Re: Idiot move with the spark plugs wires? Need advice...

    what kind of paint did you use? i need to touch mine up

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    Re: Idiot move with the spark plugs wires? Need advice...

    If the paint was not metal flake like aluminum, silver or bronze, you should be OK. For a (relatively) non-injurious check, start the car and gingerly grab a section of the painted wire with a thumb and forefinger. No jolts ?? You're OK.

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    Re: Idiot move with the spark plugs wires? Need advice...

    I can't see the paint doing any more harm than the oil and all the other crap that comes in contact with the plug wires. I wouldn't recommend going out and dipping all your wires in paint for they hell of it either. Don't sweat it and enjoy your ride.

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    Re: Idiot move with the spark plugs wires? Need advice...

    You have no idea how relieved you all have made me feel! Thanks for the test tip, Submariner. Once again, you're knowledge has proven most helpful

    I'll post some pictures eventually of all the work I'm doing in my 'Updating the Look' thread. It's all part of a big 'restoration' and 'update' project I've undertaken.

    Currently, I'm just doing some spot work under the hood to make things clean, rust-free and shiny.

    Again, thanks a lot!

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    Re: Idiot move with the spark plugs wires? Need advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by submariner409 View Post
    If the paint was not metal flake like aluminum, silver or bronze, you should be OK. For a (relatively) non-injurious check, start the car and gingerly grab a section of the painted wire with a thumb and forefinger. No jolts ?? You're OK.
    Oh you're bad.

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    Re: Idiot move with the spark plugs wires? Need advice...

    What? lol

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    Re: Idiot move with the spark plugs wires? Need advice...

    I lick the coil to check for spark.

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    Re: Idiot move with the spark plugs wires? Need advice...

    Why not just spray water in it? That should do the trick

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    Re: Idiot move with the spark plugs wires? Need advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by Warmarshall2nd View Post
    Why not just spray water in it? That should do the trick
    Misting the wires is actually valid method..... Lol

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    Re: Idiot move with the spark plugs wires? Need advice...

    I was thinking more of using a power washer there... At least that was the image in my twisted mind

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    Re: Idiot move with the spark plugs wires? Need advice...

    Why don't you just stand up on the radiator and pee on the wires to see if the insulation is good?

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