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Silver high heat paint close to OE valve cover color?

Spleen8urLSX

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Dec 26, 2017
Elyria, Ohio
Title pretty much says it all. Out of the high heat silver “engine enamel” and other flavors out there, has anyone found anything real close to the OEM silver color on the valve covers. I’d like restore my valve cover back to original colors but was wondering if anyone had any insight on what worked well.
 

Buddy2

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Oct 7, 2013
Helsinki, Europe
It really does not need to be "heat resistant" color for valve cover. just go to any car paint shop and buy correct color and use 2k clearcoat on top of this base. The 2 component clear coat is the most important part when painting valve cover, you can even get this as spray paint clear but costs quite some. For the primer id prefer epoxy spray or wash primer if your using spray paint to do this job. Fuel and oil are much bigger problems on valve covers than heat so 2 component top layer like a clear coat is a must.
 
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Spleen8urLSX

Proven Member
132
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Dec 26, 2017
Elyria, Ohio
It really does not need to be "heat resistant" color for valve cover. just go to any car paint shop and buy correct color and use 2k clearcoat on top of this base. The 2 component clear coat is the most important part when painting valve cover, you can even get this as spray paint clear but costs quite some. For the primer id prefer epoxy spray or wash primer if your using spray paint to do this job. Fuel and oil are much bigger problems on valve covers than heat so 2 component top layer like a clear coat is a must.
Appreciate the response! That makes life a little easier. Last time I painted it I used VHT engine enamel primer, black, and clear I had laying around. I have zero idea what I’m doing, I’m no paint and body guy, it was entirely too cold in my garage to be painting anything, but it turned out well and many couldn’t even tell it was a rattle can job. Before that it was painted purple with duplicolor metalcast (also came out surprisingly well and held up) and before that white with a blue pearl and it was cleared all sprayed out of a gun left over from Honda engine bays my buddy had painted (don’t judge me on the color selection l, these were confusing times). It looked amazing and held up well but over time it started to yellow, and based on your input I’m going to guess that was from the clear that was used. Either way, this go around I want to go with a silver and do the letters red for a “stock appearing” look but plan to do the best I can with a rattle can hoping this isn’t the time that its a flop.
 

Buddy2

Proven Member
129
32
Oct 7, 2013
Helsinki, Europe
Appreciate the response! That makes life a little easier. Last time I painted it I used VHT engine enamel primer, black, and clear I had laying around. I have zero idea what I’m doing, I’m no paint and body guy, it was entirely too cold in my garage to be painting anything, but it turned out well and many couldn’t even tell it was a rattle can job. Before that it was painted purple with duplicolor metalcast (also came out surprisingly well and held up) and before that white with a blue pearl and it was cleared all sprayed out of a gun left over from Honda engine bays my buddy had painted (don’t judge me on the color selection l, these were confusing times). It looked amazing and held up well but over time it started to yellow, and based on your input I’m going to guess that was from the clear that was used. Either way, this go around I want to go with a silver and do the letters red for a “stock appearing” look but plan to do the best I can with a rattle can hoping this isn’t the time that its a flop.
Yeah i paint for living. Just get clear coat spray rattle can that has socket on the bottom. Once you pull there it mixes the hardener in the bottle and is ready to go.
 

Spleen8urLSX

Proven Member
132
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Dec 26, 2017
Elyria, Ohio
Yeah i paint for living. Just get clear coat spray rattle can that has socket on the bottom. Once you pull there it mixes the hardener in the bottle and is ready to go.
I’ve seen those used and wonder how well it works, now I have a reason to try it. Appreciate it that’s the kind of insight I was looking for.
 

chrisman287

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Jul 19, 2021
New_York
You can use an enamel or epoxy primer followed by whatever color of your choice. Doesn’t have to be high temp.

Spraymax 2K is pretty good for clear in a can just make sure you have a good respirator.
 
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