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Old 08-13-2009, 11:29 AM   #1
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what color should i?

what color should i paint the engine parts? Not quite sure what color would match my car. it's frost gray
maybe navy blue? or a dark purple?
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Old 08-13-2009, 11:56 AM   #2
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I dunno. How about frost gray?
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Srsly tho, don't paint engine parts. Powder coat them. Powder coating will endure engine heat. Most paint, save for specific engine block paint, won't. And most engine block paint is pretty bland.

Pic of my engine bay:


Ceramic coated header, powdercoated valve cover.
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don't you think that would be kinda hard to find in paint?

and i don't mean like the engine its self, like all the other parts, pipes, Dc, engine covers, filters, etc
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Not sure what frost gray looks like (pics would help) but they do make different shades of gray in powedercoating.

I would not over do it. Too much and it'll look ricey. :barf:

For pipes, I would simply polish. You can get it to look almost like chrome without the expense of chrome.

Just my $.02 worth, but I wouldn't paint pipes, hoses, DIC, or filterboxes, etc.
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Don't ya love how marketing names colors? Frost Gray = creamy blue.

Looks great, btw.

As said earlier, just don't overdo it under hood. Tasteful treatments to me are simple and subtle. I'd perhaps do the valve cover, DIC optionally, but not necessarily.

I wouldn't do purple. I'd look for either a match, or a contrast. Red valve covers always look good (think crinklecoat on a Ferrari), but that is often too common. Might think of going with a true gray. There usually is a local shop that'll do powdercoating and they should have samples to give you ideas.

Keep in mind, you have to take that valve cover off, clean it (remove all oil) and leave it with them to do it. If you can't take the car off the street for more than a week, then I'd find a donor valve cover from a junk car so the most the car is out of service is about 20 minutes while you swap.

Again, just my opinion. But it's your car. Do what you want.
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Frost grey engine parts like this?


2 years with regular paint, no issues so far.








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For pipes, I would simply polish. You can get it to look almost like chrome without the expense of chrome.
for pipes like headers etc i like the heatwrap look. i know not so much a look but some lite polishing and then heatwrap looks good and will actually assist in performance a little bit.
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