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painting engine block

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by adamforsythe, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. adamforsythe

    adamforsythe 1/2 ton status

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    Do I just sand the engine then paint it or what.
    thanks
    adam
     
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    sand it
    degrease it
    prime it
    then paint it
     
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    and paint it orange.... unless you want to match the color of your truck....
     
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    Can you use the same paint that you use on the exterior of your truck or does it have to be special paint due the heat?
     
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    Auto parts stores sell "Engine Block" paint that is designed specifically for block heat and has the correct color depending on the make of your engine... Of course, if you aren't using a Chevy engine, you should get the proper color. =) Anyone have any idea what all the other colors are?

    Pontiac - Light Blue
    Ford - Dark Blue
    Chevy - Orange
    Cadillac - ??
    Plymouth - ??
    Dodge - ??
    Chrysler - ??
    GMC - Orange again??
     
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    Aren't those just "classic" engine colors?

    Later (80's-90's) Oldsmobile engines were black, while earlier Olds could have been green, gold, red, bronze, and blue based on year, application, and CID.

    Aren't most/all later SBC's black as well? I know my centerbolt valve covers and vortec heads are.

    I figure black is the best, since it's going to get dirty anyways. Oil doesn't show up on black like it does on orange. :)

    Have the engine "baked" by the machine shop if that's where you are going with this. Will make it a HECK of a lot easier to start with a clean block. The can do that when they bore it and such.

    I tried "regular" semi-flat black POR-15 on my oil pan just to see what would happen, so far it's holding up fine.
     
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    yes 86 or so and up are black, chevies

    i always power wash at car wash and let dry then paint, i never degrease, and paint sticks just fine

    i use plastic grocery bags to plug anything i need to,

    this is how i wash and paint trannies, and axles, etc, its real easy..


    good luck
     
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    Hmm... my dad asked why I painted the block red instead of orange, and I said to match the truck... he thought it should have been orange too... oh well... I don't really like black anyway... the red looks pimp... pictures later. =)
     
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    I was thinking red also. My friend has a 454 that is pushing just under 500HP. He painted his block and it is started to chip. The funny thing about it is he spent like $7,000 on this engine. He stuck it in a 1998 1500 chevy with a 3300 stall coverter in it with a Th350. I can't have mine chip because I can't keep on taking the engine out and repainting it. I want to just paint it once and then maby in like 5 years paint it again if it needs it.

    Does anyone know where I can get cheap but good polished pulles, and Accessory Brackets for the front of my engine? I have them priced out on summit for like $500.00 :crazy: .
     
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    Personally, I'd check around at your local parts stores or a friendly mech... they can usually get the parts for wholesale for you... I just had the local engine builder offer me that deal... any parts I need, he'll order for me at no extra charge. Pretty cool deal if you ask me.
     
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    i painted my engine with the cummins beige :D

    cant tell ya how its holding up cuz i havnt put it in the truck yet
     
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    POR-15 sells a paint specifically for painting engines. The stuff is awesome.
     

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