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Engine bay paint?

PostPost by: djb222 » Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:49 pm

Another little update.. I've finally started to look at the prep work needed in order to paint the engine bay.....and it appears quite a lot....

It appears some ares of the engine bay have been primed others have not, resulting in flaking paint. some areas also seem to have a flexible "peelable' rubberised paint. I'll have to strip as much as I can.

What was originally used on the engine bay or what is mostly used now?

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PostPost by: JonB » Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:19 am

Matte black, I think.
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PostPost by: ericbushby » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:20 am

Matt black is difficult to wipe clean. Satin black is more friendly
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PostPost by: William2 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:30 am

I used Car Plan satin black brush on. Works well and dries quickly.
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PostPost by: zog » Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:06 pm

I use truck bed coating paint from Dupli-color. You can brush, roll or spray it on. Available at many auto parts stores and Walmart. Spray leaves the best finish. Other brands I have tried do not work. Do not use Eastwood (they normally have great products) or Rustoleum.

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PostPost by: JonB » Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:00 pm

Sorry you're right I meant satin... :(
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:40 pm

I've done a few black engine bays in the past and tbh my personal preference is to use jet black base coat then egg shell clear, might require a better level of prep but it's much more durable and resistant to scratching, heat and chemicals.
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PostPost by: jasper2347 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:50 pm

Agree with last post. We did a customer Elan 4 years ago and although he supplied the black in aerosols we did a 2pack satin clear coat over it and it is still good today. Make sure you get a really good key to the original base or primer with the black. Not sure if clearcoat satin is available in rattle cans if you don't have spray equipment, though I know gloss is,
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