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intake paint

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bigbadchev84, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. bigbadchev84

    bigbadchev84 1/2 ton status

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    i am wanting to paint my aluminum intake to make it pretty again, countless times of greasy hands, gas and oil sure dont do anything for the looks, i found some aluminum spraypaint at walmart but it looks totaly fake, i would like to keep the natural aluminum color, anyone know of a brand that will make this thing look new again?
     
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    if you are going through the trouble to do it right, you might as well take it off, tape off the machined surface and get it media blasted. I have done a few for friends and it makes them look as good as new
     
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    the only media blaster around here is the ex-girlfriends dad........not a good deal, everyone else has sandblasting equipment, im pretty set on painting this with a quality paint if i can find one, i am wanting to paint the water pump also
     
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    the best way is to blast it then coat it with "emeron" clear dont know if thats spelled right but it repels all kinds of gas oil and handprints, it also wipes clean sell your intake on the internet and buy a new one then coat it in the clear.
     
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    I had mine bead blasted, then hit it with two coats of clear. It stayed nice looking and wipes off very easily now, as opposed to when the oil and stuff seemed to soak right into the rough bare aluminum.

    The bead blasting cost me about $20...

    Rene
     
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    I concur with the bead blasting to get the aluminum color back, but go with clear powder coat, tuff as nails. VHT makes an aluminum engine paint that is pretty close to aluminum
     
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    blast it..

    I'd say having it blasted with glass beads or fine sand works the best,with clear coat over it to protect it..Imron clear might yellow under engine heat,so I'd stick with high heat rated paint if they make a clear coat ..

    I've used Seymour "Cast Blast" spray paint on intakes with good results--it looks just like freshly sandblasted metal..not sure how good it repels greasy fingerprints though..:crazy:
     
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    Walmart sells clear coat spray bombs for engine parts. Its held up just great on my water pump.
     
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    If this is what I think it is, I would like to have my entire engine painted with this stuff. A guy at work put it on his exhaust manifolds and it has held up good so far.
     
  10. goldwing2000

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    If you can be without your intake for a little while, you can send it to these guys: http://www.exoticcoatings.com/

    They do excellent work but they're pretty slow. They're always busy and always short-handed. :rolleyes:
     

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