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    As above i want to give my rocker cover a coat of paint as its looking pretty tatty.

    Just wondering do i need special paint as the engine would be to hot for normal paint.
     
     

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    I know Sphinx on here painted his. May be worth asking him what paint he used as I know Tom likes things right....
     
     

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    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/HYCOTE-WRINKLE...#ht_2801wt_754

    This is the stuff that I have use in the passed to get the "wrinkle" finish...

    It takes a little practice, but the results are good.
     
     

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    Steve is right, on both counts lol

    When I did mine all I could find, high temp paint wise, was high temp top coats. In my opinion if you don't use a high temp primer (which I couldn't find) it would be a waste of time and if you don't use primer at all it would also be a waste of time.
    I used some U-Pol acid etch primer for aluminium which I've used before on a couple of things and got good, long lasting results with.
    Also, as the cam cover isn't that shiney, I didn't want to use lacquer...but I did want a metallic silver. Most metallics need lacquer but again, I chose something I've used before. Simonz wheel silver; it's a nice tough finish that doesn't need lacquer.
    Neither of these are strictly 'high temp' but mine's been like it for the last few months and it's still as it was when I did it.
    A word of warning though, the cast finish of the alloy if pretty poor on these cam covers which is half the reason they go so bad to begin with. I used paint stripper to remove everything down to bare alloy and then a very small amount of chemical metal to fill the serious imperfections before paint.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sphinx View Post
    Steve is right, on both counts lol

    When I did mine all I could find, high temp paint wise, was high temp top coats. In my opinion if you don't use a high temp primer (which I couldn't find) it would be a waste of time and if you don't use primer at all it would also be a waste of time.
    I used some U-Pol acid etch primer for aluminium which I've used before on a couple of things and got good, long lasting results with.
    Also, as the cam cover isn't that shiney, I didn't want to use lacquer...but I did want a metallic silver. Most metallics need lacquer but again, I chose something I've used before. Simonz wheel silver; it's a nice tough finish that doesn't need lacquer.
    Neither of these are strictly 'high temp' but mine's been like it for the last few months and it's still as it was when I did it.
    A word of warning though, the cast finish of the alloy if pretty poor on these cam covers which is half the reason they go so bad to begin with. I used paint stripper to remove everything down to bare alloy and then a very small amount of chemical metal to fill the serious imperfections before paint.
    Thanks mate, i will go about painting it with ur method, i have a spare 2 litre engine so ill use the cam cover off That so ill have as much time as i need for prep and painting, then once its done ill swap them round.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Whittaker View Post
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/HYCOTE-WRINKLE...#ht_2801wt_754

    This is the stuff that I have use in the passed to get the "wrinkle" finish...

    It takes a little practice, but the results are good.
    Any pics of urs painted with a wrinkle finish Kevin?
     
     

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    I will try and dig some out, it was on a Lotus twin cam cover
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Whittaker View Post
    I will try and dig some out, it was on a Lotus twin cam cover
    Thanks kevin
     
     

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