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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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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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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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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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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 :worship:

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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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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I lick the coil to check for spark. :alchi:
 

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

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

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Maybe I'll try that on my neighbor's ricer
Let us know how that comes out... and remember when your peeing on that High Energy Ignition System you need to be singing... at the top of you lungs... that Door's song... "Come on Baby Light My Fire"
 

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What the heck.............50,000 volts up your right arm is good for blood circulation.
 

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Its nice to have a home defibrillator under your hood. Especially on the way home from White Castle...
 
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