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Old 12-17-2008
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Doesnt matter if you know about Hondas or not.

How would I paint the piece that says "Vtec" ? Along with any other part of the engine, just lots of sanding and coats of paint? Also, what kind of paint?

Engine will be dark purple(or red) and black soon (intake is being replaced for one thats made for the car and then repainted, came out really pinkish)
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High temp paint or don't waste your time with it. Make sure you do your prep work get nice and clean them put some primer and high temp paint on it.
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To do it right you would be taking the engine out and dis-assembling everything, sand/mediablasting it, primer, and engine paint :)

But who's counting? I vote leave it.
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Now do you think she has the means of pulling and tearing down a motor???
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Soak it in degeacer for a while (couple mins), wipe it off, rinse it thoroughly, dry it. Scuff it with a scotch pad, rinse and dry again. Mask and spray some high-heat engine paint and dry in a warm dry place where the fumes won't blow anything up.

Spray with clean if needed or if the paint recommends primer or clear.
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That's the valve cover correct? Go to preludezone.com pretty much the same car.. little different tho I read an artical about that on that site. Why do you want to paint it anyways... looks fine the way it is, just my .02
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Duplicolor Engine enamel, or any high heat treated paint. Readily available in spray cans at your local Vatozone.

Degrease it with some degreaser, lightly scuff it and then wipe it down and spray away.
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he has a point, a honda forum will have a sticky on this, and tell you the right way to do it, maybe even tricks... as for paint I say stick to Krylon fusion, but I'd need to know what it is made of...
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Soak it in degeacer for a while (couple mins), wipe it off, rinse it thoroughly, dry it. Scuff it with a scotch pad, rinse and dry again. Mask and spray some high-heat engine paint and dry in a warm dry place where the fumes won't blow anything up.

Spray with clean if needed or if the paint recommends primer or clear.
wrong don't do that ****. that intake is dirty as hell scuffing it wont work. and just soaking it in degreaser is a no no. you need to remove the cover from the car. take some simple green and a scrup brush and go to town for a while. then sand the hell out of it and clean it very good. i would say sandblast it or media blast it like mentioned b4. but most people dont have access to that like i do. then put a few coats of primers on then if you want the Vtech part to be a different color spray it on a few coats and let it dry. then spray on the other color that the rest of the cover is gong to be let that dry then take a orbital sander with 1000 grit sand paper and gently sand the other color off the vtech till the color underneath shows threw then clean it all up and clear coat it. the clear will get rid of any scratches that are left from sanding with the 1000 girt sand paper.


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Katie..

That valve cover is made of an Alloy. Aluminum of some sorts. you could clean it up with a wire-wheel on a drill and then use some hi-temp paint.

Watch for oil leaks afterwards though. It does happen.
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D has the best way for you. Wire wheel on a drill and then some Duplicolor High Heat Enamel. Prep is the key
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wrong don't do that ****. that intake is dirty as hell scuffing it wont work. and just soaking it in degreaser is a no no. you need to remove the cover from the car. take some simple green and a scrup brush and go to town for a while. then sand the hell out of it and clean it very good. i would say sandblast it or media blast it like mentioned b4. but most people dont have access to that like i do. then put a few coats of primers on then if you want the Vtech part to be a different color spray it on a few coats and let it dry. then spray on the other color that the rest of the cover is gong to be let that dry then take a orbital sander with 1000 grit sand paper and gently sand the other color off the vtech till the color underneath shows threw then clean it all up and clear coat it. the clear will get rid of any scratches that are left from sanding with the 1000 girt sand paper.


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Yes, of course I am wrong, that's why my 400EX's motor and valve covers and intake manifold on my Cleveland still look great from being painted with that method. I gave the most simple and inexpensive method, not everyone has access to a sandblaster, and I never said to leave it on the car to clean or paint, hell you can't even see the whole damn thing in the picture. Before you go out of your way to try to make me look dumb, ask me to clarify what I said instead of assuming the answer (I did leave a lot of detail out, assuming she knew it).

EDIT - Who in the hell paints anything on their car without removing it?

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To do it right you're going to have to take it off the car...

Powder coating would be the best option but also the most costly.

To clean it, start with a degreaser, then either paint stripper or bead blast it. If you used paint stripper, use a scotch pad to scuff it. Then masking, primer, and high temp paint.

I personally dont like using wire wheels on aluminum.
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The cheap way, and I've done this before, is after you get it cleaned up, I prefer the simple green and scrub brush method, is to use model paint and a brush. You can just paint the letters, and if you clean it well before you start, it will last for years and look nice. If you use engine paint on the intake, and want the color to match perfectly, just spray a bit on a plastic dish (pringles can lid works well, and then brush it on. This will give you more control on where the paint goes than trying to tape it off and spray it. Once again, this is only for if you just want to paint the letters.
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Ah. I dont think I know any body with the tools for this.

I might go the lazy way and buy one already painted.

But thank all for the help :)
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I might go the lazy way and buy one already painted.
Just a thought...........

You seem to have done/be doing a lot of work to the Honda... where was this money/drive when you had the truck??
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Take it off, prep it WELL, and sit down with a roll of painters tape and a razor blade and work. It will take a while. Prime, paint, and enamel it with high heat paint.

I was just messin around before. :-)
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Clean the letters with acetone. Come back and paint with your favorite nail polish color to match the intake. Simple.
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uh you mean like the post telling someone to use plastic paint on an aluminun engine part? Sounds real bright to me lets see how long it last. Wonder how well the color will hold up?
Seeing how it's only the valve cover, it'll probably hold up decently. I painted a set of aluminum rims with Fusion and they still looked great 2 years later when I sold them.
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Go to honda-tech to find love and tons of pics on custom valve covers. but since you posted here. Paint use a high temp paint or it will flake, I would get wrinkle black or red as Honda has factory, and smooth or glossy paint will look out of place, since its only a sohc f23 painting it custom would look less desirable.

One of the most popular and easy ways of painting the raised vtec and honda emblem on the cover is to take chapstick and neatly cover the tops of the letters, be careful that your neat with your application, paint, then wipe off after drying.

if anyone thinks that technique is not worth while go to honda-tech and tell everyone how retarded they are.

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IMO powder coating would be the most efficient method. Bad side is that it's not the cheapest. You could tell them how you want it and they will paint it as per your instructions. Probably around $50 to $75 to do. But for sure the most durable solution.
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Ray it's not the cheapest but it's the best way to go it will look great powder coated
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Ok, I just deleted four pages of bullcrap from this thread. I don't know what stage of puberty you people are all in or what grade of elementary school you still attend but that was pathetic. I don't need to work all day, come home in a blizzard, and find this crap here waiting to be dealt with. Grow the hell up or go the hell away. Pick one.

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Katie..

That valve cover is made of an Alloy. Aluminum of some sorts. you could clean it up with a wire-wheel on a drill and then use some hi-temp paint.

Watch for oil leaks afterwards though. It does happen.
+1 when my sister bought her civic someone painted the valve cover and now oil leaks outta there, so i would just leave it or get someone to do it thats done it before with no problems
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+1 when my sister bought her civic someone painted the valve cover and now oil leaks outta there, so i would just leave it or get someone to do it thats done it before with no problems
Replacing the gasket or resealing it should have been on the priority list.
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