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Unread 08-09-2013, 07:26 AM   #1
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Painting Engine block

Okay, I just got my block back from the machine shop, baked, magna fluxed, bead blasted, bored out 40 over, crankshaft alignment, freeze plugs and camshaft bearing pressed in. I am now ready to paint the engine block. I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas on prepping the engine for paint and what type of paint to use.

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Clean with a degreaser simple green or something similar. Mask off what you don't want painted. Auto parts stores have a specific spray paint for engines in many colors. Have some fun be creative with the colors. I went black no problems two coats. I also used an aluminum color on the intake trans and transfer case.

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Clean with a degreaser simple green or something similar. Mask off what you don't want painted. Auto parts stores have a specific spray paint for engines in many colors. Have some fun be creative with the colors. I went black no problems two coats. I also used an aluminum color on the intake trans and transfer case.

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DO NOT USE SIMPLE GREEN to degrease just before painting. It will leave a residue that can allow your paint to bubble and peel. Go to a professional paint supply and buy a can of prep degreaser and cheesecloth. OR go to home depot and buy a can of MEK Substitute and lint-free microfiber cloths and wet the cloths with the MEK and wipe down your surface prior to painting. Let it dry completely before you start painting. I highly recommend using a "Direct to metal" primer or Self Etching Primer on any surface prior to rattle canning it.

80% of any paint jobs longevity is determined by the prep work. Don't skimp on the prep or you'll pay the price later.
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DO NOT USE SIMPLE GREEN to degrease just before painting. It will leave a residue that can allow your paint to bubble and peel. Go to a professional paint supply and buy a can of prep degreaser and cheesecloth. OR go to home depot and buy a can of MEK Substitute and lint-free microfiber cloths and wet the cloths with the MEK and wipe down your surface prior to painting. Let it dry completely before you start painting. I highly recommend using a "Direct to metal" primer or Self Etching Primer on any surface prior to rattle canning it.

80% of any paint jobs longevity is determined by the prep work. Don't skimp on the prep or you'll pay the price later.


+1 Def us a etching primer and Pre Prep Cleaner First
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