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Old 08-17-2016, 12:42 PM   #1
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Hood Insulation

I've searched like forever, but could find nothing addressing my issue. My hood insulation is in pretty crappy condition. A new one costs @$140, which I have a hard time buying a piece of insulation for that much, embossed pony or not. So, two questions:

1) Has anyone ever like painted/dyed/plastidipped their hood insulation to make it look new again? Any issues with heat on paint or plastidip?

2) Removing it entirely on a daily driver, issues with temps damaging the paint on the hood over time? Mines a daily driver.

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Old 08-17-2016, 11:44 PM   #2
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You can spray it with flat vinyl spray dye, or just a cheap flat black spray paint and get the same result. The insulation will look like new.

Some people will tell you to spray it with foam tire cleaner. In my opinion, if you have oil and grease on the insulation, you likely have bigger problems than a dirty sheet of fiber insulation.

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...and I would not suggest plastidip.

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Not oil and grease. Looks like at some point in her life a radiator hose blew.
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Not oil and grease. Looks like at some point in her life a radiator hose blew.
Spray paint or spray dye will do just fine. Make sure to follow the directions on the can and it will turn out perfect.

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Spray paint. I have even see guys do the airbrush right on it and looks good. I would buy engine spray paint since higher temp threshold but frankly thats probably overkill
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Spray paint. I have even see guys do the airbrush right on it and looks good. I would buy engine spray paint since higher temp threshold but frankly thats probably overkill
It should never get hot enough under the hood that you should need engine paint on the insulation. Nothing else under the hood, including the underside of the hood, has engine paint. Only the block and other engine components need a high temp paint.

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I daily without one and I've had no issues.


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Old 08-18-2016, 03:25 PM   #9
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If it looks like sh*t, tear that thing off and forget about it. Spend the money on go fast parts.

2 out of my 3 cars run without an insulator and neither has had any issues. I guarantee my GT500 produces more heat under the hood than yours and it's fine.
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Agreed. I took it off. Now the underside of the hood looks like total crap. Lol. This is what it looks like BTW. Maybe I could recover it or something. Had a ground strap on it for some reason. Guess cause the back side is aluminum foil?

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Agreed. I took it off. Now the underside of the hood looks like total crap. Lol. This is what it looks like BTW. Maybe I could recover it or something. Had a ground strap on it for some reason. Guess cause the back side is aluminum foil?

Spray it black and keep moving.

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The ground wire helps with radio reception.


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I'll find out tomorrow.
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The foil is there to block the radio interference caused by the coils.

Try spraying it down with Simple Green, and then hosing it off real good.
Mine cleaned up pretty good when I did it.
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No radio issues. Thanks for the suggestions!! I'll try painting it this weekend. If it turns out ok, I'll put it back on. If not, it's going in the trash.
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