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HOW TO: Remove and paint engine valve cover (TONS of pics)

Old 01-15-2007, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by davedavetC
sweet, any chance they make a gold/bronze wrinkle finish? and where can u buy this?
this was all i could dig up, i dont see a wrinkle though.

http://store.summitracing.com/egnsea...DS=1&N=700+115
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Old 01-15-2007, 05:06 PM
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looks good!!!!!
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the pics don't work for me. any chance you could fix the links
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Old 01-22-2007, 07:32 PM
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pics should be working now. may have been the host having issues.
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nice job. i might consider doing this is wrinkle red.
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Old 08-18-2007, 10:07 AM
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I heard that if you paint your valve cover or any auto parts and heat treat it in your oven, that it is dangerous cause of the fumes that you leave behind in the treating process. Something with poisonous gases the next time you use it to cook food. Is this true or is it totally safe to heat treat your valve cover in the oven and then cook afterwards with it.
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Old 08-18-2007, 10:27 AM
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I spray painted and mine and heat treated it in my oven, been cooking with it for a good while too. Hmm don't know, its worth googling though.
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Old 08-19-2007, 09:44 AM
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Nothing can be found on the dangers of heat treating a valve cover in a kitchen oven. Is there anyone who can clarify this problem for all of us do it yourselfers. I think we all want a sick valve cover but we also don't want to die from it.
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Old 08-24-2007, 03:55 AM
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damn it! what kind of bolts do these ppl use when they make the car! i broke two of them! the middle front and bacl of the vale cover! everything went smooth except when it cam time to bolt the valve cover back on! damn it now i gotta go get some bolts.....
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Old 09-14-2007, 04:23 PM
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^^ dont leave your valve cover in too long, and dont use too high of a temp. Its paint, so it is toxic, thats not gonna change.

mijos87, how many lb's are you tightening your bolts at!
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Back when I did an article on powder coating, they warned me repeatedly to tell people not to use their ovens for food again. A $50 oven can be had that can meet all of your part baking needs. Just my opinion, it's better to error on the side of caution.
I just did my valvecover, and had a bit of a battle. The two staged "anodized" look paints can be a pain. I ended up stripping the initial coat off, then spending quite a few hours smoothing the surface w/ 3M rolloc discs. Red discs first, then finishing with the blues. I"ll get a pick up soon. There's a guy on here offering to PC covers for around $50....I'd seriously take him up on that.

PC is going to off you a higher level of durability. Greater chip resistance too.

Just some thoughts.
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by jetblast
Back when I did a article on powder coating, they warned me repeatedly to tell people not to use their ovens for food again. A $50 oven can be had that can meat all of your part baking needs. Just my opinion, it's better to error on the side of caution.
I just did my valvecover, and had a bit of a battle. The two staged "anodized" look paints can be a pain. I ended up stripping the initial coat off, then spending quite a few hours smoothing the surface w/ 3M rolloc discs. Red discs first, then finishing with the blues. I"ll get a pick up soon. There's a guy on here offering to PC covers for around $50....I'd seriously take him up on that.

PC is going to off you a higher level of durability. Greater chip resistance too.

Just some thoughts.
You are so right! I know alot of people think doing it themselves is the best way to go as far as expense but it is a time consuming process and the heat from the engine may effect the paint and the finish over time. Powder Coating is the best way to go. I am working on getting a sponsorship on SL so i can let you all know what i do at my shop. Just a heads up, tC covers are Magnesium, this metal is hard to work with and my shop is pretty educated on coating them. If you have any PC questions let me know.
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Old 09-26-2007, 10:46 PM
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if anyone got/gets sick, im sorry. do it at your own risk, lol
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Nin, please don't think I was "attacking" you, just trying to help people. We can all learn from each other.
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Nah, np at all jet, i appreciate the info. seriously! saftey FIRST!
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I like it!
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looks freakin killer
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Old 10-19-2007, 03:14 AM
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Default Re: HOW TO: Remove and paint engine valve cover (TONS of pic

Originally Posted by xA_Factor
Originally Posted by ninjastance
Does the xA/xB have a timing-belt or a timing-chain?

From now on, all newbies asking this question will be referred to this pic.


Nice work , BTW!

AH HA so they do use a timing-belt!!!
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This is a great write up and I don't want to make a new topic of this, but has anyone tried just sanding and polishing their valve cover??? I was thinking of sanding and using mothers polish, but I don't know if it's going to work and last or not... Any insight would be appreciated.
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Old 06-10-2008, 07:13 PM
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nice write up.. now i just need to stop being lazy & try this out
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