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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.
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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Me like. Minimalistic and classy. Also, referee colors!
 

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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
 

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yea i agree. I was just wondering if a high gloss that is smooth like that could be achieved simply using spray paint.
 

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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.......
 

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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.
 

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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?
 

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04CTSVFLA said:
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.

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