I often thought about painting my Clifford aluminum intake, then sanding the raised lettering.
Curious is anyone here may be able to shed some light on what to use? The intake is a porous cast aluminum, likely subjected to heat and gas (Random dribble).
I have some aluminum outdoor furniture, and know the paint has chipped and flaked easily.. but think Rustoleum may have something is there tool box in this day and age to cover almost all applications.. Just not sure, and hate to go back for a rework..
A black wrinkle finish would be the cats...arse!
You could Powdercoat it in high temp. And it's very durable. But, once chipped no touch up.
I used a Harley Davidson high temp wrinkle paint on a Bmw valve cover once and it turned out great. It's in a rattle can, you have to put it in your gas grill with a temp gauge at about 200 for an hr. And voila it "done". You could put in your inside oven if your wife's likes all the off gassing. But, save the alimony and use the outdoor grill. Your local pro painting shop sells ultra thin masking tape to cover the letters up, I block sanded my raised letters with 400 to 1000 when done.
I'm pretty anal on this stuff.
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I've painted many a thing that was made of aluminum. The key is to "pickle" the aluminum before painting. I think I used straight white vinegar back in the day before painting but mostly do powder coating now on aluminum.
Paint right over your raised letters and when the paint dries, use a wide flat bastard file to remove the paint and allow the letters to shine through. I did that on my powder coated valve cover on my Jeep this way and many other projects in the past using that method.
Here's a few pics of my son doing a high school project of restoring our old 1980 Yamaha dirt bike and using the file method on the raised letters. This was about 10 years ago.