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Old 09-22-2012, 10:25 AM   #1
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Painting my coil cover!

I bought some high heat red paint to paint the cover of the coils. Should i sand it first or just go straight to painting it? I have a race red so i thought that the cover red would look nice and different? I am also going with a carbon fiber cai and a boss manifold.
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Why not get the CF coil covers to match?
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I did know they had them lol, it would look nice, but i dont like that they dont say anything on top, would a sticker survive the heat in there??!
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I bought some high heat red paint to paint the cover of the coils. Should i sand it first or just go straight to painting it? I have a race red so i thought that the cover red would look nice and different? I am also going with a carbon fiber cai and a boss manifold.
Let me save you the time and trouble because I destroyed mine the first time. I would Just buy them personally, but here is what works well. Others have skipped the sanding and priming and have been ok, but the dry time is crucial.

Sand it
Primer it or use adhesion promoter
Sand the primer
Apply a light coat
Sand if needed
Apply two more coats
Sand if needed
Let it dry for 2 days if you can

Clear is very hard to apply, because to do it right, there is sanding and buffing involved, and lots of drying time. I put my coil covers back on after 24 hours and the clear started melting and running after a 30 min drive. I'm not sure if it was because it wasn't fully dry or from the heat. I ended up buying chrome coil covers. Here's a pic before they melted.
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Yea the guy that sold me the paint at auto zone told me to stay away from clear coat bc it was going to melt like butter, he said i should be fine with just the red paint because it was made to paint engines.
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Was it hard to take the cover off
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I did know they had them lol, it would look nice, but i dont like that they dont say anything on top, would a sticker survive the heat in there??!
Stickers in the engine bay in general will survive!.. Take a look at the ones from the factory that are there!.. But I personally wouldn't put any on your coil covers!.. That's a more direct source of heat!..
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Stickers in the engine bay in general will survive!.. Take a look at the ones from the factory that are there!.. But I personally wouldn't put any on your coil covers!.. That's a more direct source of heat!..
I am getting kooks headers so i wanted to put a nice discrete sticker of kooks to show what i got lol.
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? You think it will melt as well? Have a friend going to plasti his, but I told him about the heat...
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What i dont like about the cf is that make it all look to dark, i want a little bit of color. Lol
I am just going to paint it red and if i dont like it just get the cf
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I am getting kooks headers so i wanted to put a nice discrete sticker of kooks to show what i got lol.
I like doing similar things!.. Lol. I've got a couple of stickers in my engine bay!.. But mine are just over and in front of the radiator!.. Not sure what all you guys got in that area on your cars though!.. Lol
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Yea the guy that sold me the paint at auto zone told me to stay away from clear coat bc it was going to melt like butter, he said i should be fine with just the red paint because it was made to paint engines.
Yeah I think you'll be ok with that.
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? You think it will melt as well? Have a friend going to plasti his, but I told him about the heat...
Ooh hahahaha thats funny, plasti dip with catch fire under that heat because it is rubber.
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Was it hard to take the cover off
They snap right out. When you put them back in, make sure you completely move all the hoses out if the way, they will scratch the paint. It's mainly on the drivers side that you'll have to worry about.
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Re: Painting my coil cover!

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Good thing he didnt do it!!!!

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They snap right out. When you put them back in, make sure you completely move all the hoses out if the way, they will scratch the paint. It's mainly on the drivers side that you'll have to worry about.
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What i dont like about the cf is that make it all look to dark, i want a little bit of color. Lol
I am just going to paint it red and if i dont like it just get the cf
Post pics when your done!.. Would like to see the finished product!..
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I dont like the carbon cover for some reason!

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I will post pics
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It is coming out SUPER good, way better than i expected.. They dont look painted, they look like the plastic is red. Will post a pic of them on the car tomorrow..
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Re: Painting my coil cover!

Awesome, can't wait to see
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Re: Painting my coil cover!

Should look good....I am always looking for ways to enhance the look of the engine bay
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Came out good...
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It matches the car perfect!
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Looks good...hopefully the paint holds up
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I just took it for a short drive to get the engine hot and nothing happened. The paint is made for engines.
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Sweet....I am doing a black with a splash of red theme on my Stang...don't know where I am going to put the red under the hood yet....interior is going to be all black except a red and black shifter knob....exterior is all black except the silver GT/CS stripes and I am going for red Brembos in the future.
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Sweet....I am doing a black with a splash of red theme on my Stang...don't know where I am going to put the red under the hood yet....interior is going to be all black except a red and black shifter knob....exterior is all black except the silver GT/CS stripes and I am going for red Brembos in the future.
I also want to get a red and black shifter knob.
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Came out good...
Looks good!..
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Let me save you the time and trouble because I destroyed mine the first time. I would Just buy them personally, but here is what works well. Others have skipped the sanding and priming and have been ok, but the dry time is crucial.

Sand it
Primer it or use adhesion promoter
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Apply a light coat
Sand if needed
Apply two more coats
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Let it dry for 2 days if you can

Clear is very hard to apply, because to do it right, there is sanding and buffing involved, and lots of drying time. I put my coil covers back on after 24 hours and the clear started melting and running after a 30 min drive. I'm not sure if it was because it wasn't fully dry or from the heat. I ended up buying chrome coil covers. Here's a pic before they melted.
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Follow the process or you waste time and money

Could you possibly use engine paint? On my 300zx, the upper plenum stays hot, even an hour after the engine is off. I sanded-primed&painted the throttle cable cover and used engine paint and primer, 6 months later, still looks brand new.
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It is coming out SUPER good, way better than i expected.. They dont look painted, they look like the plastic is red. Will post a pic of them on the car tomorrow..
So in the end, what was the actual steps you used ie did you sand and prime or just straight wash and paint?
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That looks great
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So in the end, what was the actual steps you used ie did you sand and prime or just straight wash and paint?
haha. You found a thread that was a year old. Atleast we can say you used the search function. I can say this. I just pulled them off. Washed and dried them than sprayed them with spray paint made to withstand heat.
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haha. You found a thread that was a year old. Atleast we can say you used the search function. I can say this. I just pulled them off. Washed and dried them than sprayed them with spray paint made to withstand heat.
I appreciate the response brother! I assume they have held up well? I'll post pics when I'm done.
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haha. You found a thread that was a year old. Atleast we can say you used the search function. I can say this. I just pulled them off. Washed and dried them than sprayed them with spray paint made to withstand heat.

Are these current pictures after a year of use?
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