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DIY - Valve Cover Painting

Old 03-May-2009, 02:28 PM
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DIY - Valve Cover Painting

Hey, this week I repainted my B series valve cover; I took pictures as I went through the steps so here’s a little write up DIY if you’re thinking of painting a valve cover.

Here’s a list of the stuff I used.
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* VHT red wrinkle plus paint (picked up from performance improvements, Toronto. $12-13)
* Paint stripper
* Isopropyl alcohol
---*The following can be picked up at a dollar store.*---
* Small steel brush (saved my life)
* Wet sandpaper
* Sanding block
* Gloves
* Exacto knives
* Painter’s tape


Here is a look at the cover before I painted it.
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Once you’ve taken the valve cover of also remove the rubber gaskets, the paint stripper can ruin them. I put the paint stripper on, waited about 10 minutes, and then pressure hosed it off. I did this about 3 times then sanded or brushed of any small amounts of paint that remained.

Once the paint is fully off your ready to sand. Personally the little steel brush I bought worked better than anything else I tried. It got all the hard to reach places and didn’t take forever, steel wool was a waste of time and sandpaper wouldn't let me get all the tight spots. This is what it looked like once I was done.

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Once all sanding is complete you are ready to mask off the parts of your valve cover you wont be painting. I found out something that will save you lots of time if you have a B series cover. A quarter is the EXACT size of some of the spots you have to mask off, I saved a bunch of time just cutting around quarters. For the purpose of this write-up I also masked the Honda symbol to see if it was worth it, some people mask all the letters. I found it to be completely pointless I wouldn’t waste your time.
Once you’re done masking the cover wipe it down with isopropyl alcohol to remove any debris to allow the paint to adhere properly.

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You’re ready to paint your cover. I suggest spraying about 3 coats. Spray the first vertically, then the next horizontally, then another vertically. Wait 5 minutes between coats. I sat with a blow dryer on hot and low air for about 20 minutes to speed up the drying / wrinkling process, before I put it in the over at 200 degrees for an hour.

After the oven I took most of the masking tape off, then let it dry for another day and a half.

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Finishing up, I used a sanding block to sand away the paint covering the letters. I sanded horizontally to get the authentic look.

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Hope this helps whoever is thinking about doing theirs. Thanks.
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Old 03-May-2009, 03:13 PM
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Looks mint, good **** job.
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Old 03-May-2009, 04:09 PM
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holy moly, thats cool. don't need to buy a new one. I'll just paint mine. hehehe..
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Old 03-May-2009, 04:29 PM
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^^loll @ "holy moly"
Gj man, looks clean. I've heard people using primer before paint, not sure if it helps in any way, and I would guess you need hi-heat primer? Meh, looks awesome anyways.
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Old 03-May-2009, 05:17 PM
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Looks brand new, and dident even cost you $100.
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Old 03-May-2009, 06:06 PM
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damn thats beautiful
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Old 03-May-2009, 06:34 PM
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Yeah man that looks awesome. I've heard about that wrinkle paint, but wasn't sure how good the quality would be, but clearly it's a good product.
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Old 03-May-2009, 06:37 PM
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It looks great! Good job.

Inspired me to paint my paint flaking valve cover
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Old 03-May-2009, 07:31 PM
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With the help of the dollar store this didn't cost more than $20.

I have enough paint to do another one.

Thanks guys.
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Old 03-May-2009, 07:43 PM
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very nice! good job in the d-i-y
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Old 08-May-2009, 03:53 PM
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Thanks for the DIY info, you motivated me to repaint mine!

Here's the final outcome!

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NICE JOB!! to both of you guys, that makes me want to do mine this summer!
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another way to keep the paint off of your lettering : apply a small coat of vasoline on the lettering, simply peel it off when all finished!!! :P
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Old 19-May-2009, 02:07 PM
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^ +1, and the valve covers turned out great ! when i did mine i couldnt find the wrenkle paint so next time ill do this for sure !
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I just picked up the paint today at performance improvements for like $12. Reading the directions on the can is exactly how ehmis did it. So I hope mine turns out as well as his. Should I cover the engine with something while the valve cover is off for that long, or will it be fine with just the hood closed?
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Originally Posted by seanv98 View Post
I just picked up the paint today at performance improvements for like $12. Reading the directions on the can is exactly how ehmis did it. So I hope mine turns out as well as his. Should I cover the engine with something while the valve cover is off for that long, or will it be fine with just the hood closed?
There shouldn't be a problem really with leaving it open. Unless somehow you get water all in there, lol.
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haha, yeah I'll just park it in the garage.
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Did i read that right?? you have to bake it???
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Old 19-May-2009, 07:28 PM
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yeah it cures the paint and aids in the wrinkle effect.
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holy moly!!! nice job lol
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