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Old 02-20-2011, 11:10 PM
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painted om617 valve cover!






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Old 02-20-2011, 11:18 PM
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You souls have polished and clearcoated it, but that's b/c I think shiny metal is sexy. And it depends on what the theme of the car and engine combo is. I would have at least polished the he'll out of the star and then taped it off. Then clearcoated the whole thing after painting the rest. But that's MO. FWIW, hehe
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:20 PM
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My valve cover has a leak at the oil cap that slowly lets oil out.

Although that is still a sexy look nonetheless
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:24 PM
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I am OK with the Painted Valve Cover.

There is that Powder coating that is also an alternative to painting. I believe it is more durable.

Take another pic after it is on the Engine for about 6 months or more to show us how it holds up.

I am embarrassed to say that I never noticed the firing order on mine; when I needed to know that I spent time looking it up; now I can see that it was right their on the Valve Cover all the time.
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:27 PM
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You souls have polished and clearcoated it, but that's b/c I think shiny metal is sexy. And it depends on what the theme of the car and engine combo is. I would have at least polished the he'll out of the star and then taped it off. Then clearcoated the whole thing after painting the rest. But that's MO. FWIW, hehe
i actually tried polishing first. here was my process once the cover was off its engine:

-simple green
-engine degreaser
-simple green with a toothbrush
-engine degreaser with a toothbrush
-more simple green
-fine wire brush
-coarse wire brush
-fine wire brush again

i'm not sure what it is but those 30 year old blemishes from old oil being baked in and such just don't go away. i got this thing more than 100% perfectly clean, and even removing the surface with a wire brush does not remove the stains. it defies explanation.

so i used engine primer which is meant for this stuff, then engine enamel. i was going to mask the star off but its just not practical to do a good job. what you see is the ridges of the star and the lettering have been sanded to be bare metal. it looks REALLY good in person. i'm debating whether it would be worth it to do a few of these and offer them for sale, it's really truly a thing of beauty.
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:29 PM
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I am OK with the Pinted Valve Cover.

There is that Powder coating that is also an alternative to painting. I believe it is more durable.

Take another pic after it is on the Engine for about 6 months or more to show us how it hold up.
it is painted with primer and enamel that is both chemical and heat resistant, and intended for exactly this application. i'm no longer driving anything 617 powered but i had a couple valve covers around to experiment. i'll do this with the cover on my 616 which is going into a car soon, and will try to remember to update this thread.
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Brave!!

I was told 22 years ago "car parts stay outside "!!!

Yet here you have a 617 valve cover on a white counter top
Resting on a cutting board no less !!

Oh yeah...... The painted cover looks good.
I second the star thing make it shine like the firing order does.
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Yeah, the aluminum is very porous metal. oil will soak deep down into the surface. you'd have to remove quite a lot of metal to get the stains out.
polishing compound does a nice job.
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it is painted with primer and enamel that is both chemical and heat resistant, and intended for exactly this application. i'm no longer driving anything 617 powered but i had a couple valve covers around to experiment. i'll do this with the cover on my 616 which is going into a car soon, and will try to remember to update this thread.
May be you can loan the 617 Valve Cover to one of the Members in your area to test how the paint job holds up.
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I'm planning the same on a 603 valve cover, but was looking for a black wrinkle finish. Looks good.
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:05 PM
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I'm planning the same on a 603 valve cover, but was looking for a black wrinkle finish. Looks good.
What like Hammerite?
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I was able to lift the oil stains using naval jelly then fine steel wool.

Hammerite is a paint with a bit of a textured finish, lots of time used for painting frames.
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The bigger question here, is what did your wife think when she got home and found engine parts on the kitchen counter?
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The bigger question here, is what did your wife think when she got home and found engine parts on the kitchen counter?
my girlfriend thought it was pretty. my mother said it smelled.
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did the cover for my OM616, came out much better this time around!




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