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DIY: strip your valve cover and repaint (56K probably not)

Discussion in 'Exterior / Detailing / Bodywork DIY How-To's' started by Shea, Nov 2, 2006.



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  1. Shea

    Shea bored Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    I decided to repaint my valve cover because it began to crack and pieces were falling off and i have a lotta spare time in college, lol, so here goes...
    *** I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, THIS IS SIMPLY A SUGGESTIVE WRITE UP***
    Supplies/Tools:
    -Paint thinner
    -Aircraft grade paint stripper
    -Paint (Krylon 3380 RED WRINKLE)
    -Painters tape
    -Sandpaper

    Me (Shea) and Brett (bcivichb) both did our valve covers at the same time

    the chemicals and the paint: got the paint at autozone
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    Before:
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    1. Apply the aircraft stripper in generous amounts, we did 2 1/2 to 3 coats with some cheap paint brushes from k-mart. It starts working about 1-2 minutes after you apply it, you can use a plastic scraper to remove the stripped paint. Then after you get what you can with the stripper take it to a hose and rinse off the remaining flakes (we used our kitchen sink 'cuz we don't have a hose :lol: )
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    2. After you rinse them, dry them off to the best of your ability and get ready to sand the corroded spots and the badges (Honda, VTEC and symbol). We used 350 grit to start with then finished it off with 600 before paint. Make sure you sand all the corroded spots because the paint will not stick if you don't
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    3. Now take your valve cover back to the sink/hose and get some soap this time and clean it real good then get the paint thinner and a rag out and go over it a couple times to get everything off the surface. After this step try not to touch the paint surface

    4. Now tape up all the areas you don't want paint to get in to:
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    5. Now comes the painting, the Krylon we used said do 3 coats in 5 minute intervals. Make sure you remove the tape while the paint is wet, if you take it off when its dry you can take the paint up with it
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    then with the tape removed:
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    6. Let them sit at least 12 hours to dry then set the oven to 200 degrees and throw it in there for 20 minutes
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    7. Next you can sand the badges if you want, get the painters tape back out and the sandpaper and repeat what you did in step 2 (350 -> 600)
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    After sanding the paint off the badges, your good to go, just clean the dust off and take some pics and post them in here!
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    Some random extra pics:
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    edit: this might be in the wrong section, sorry

    heres some links to buy the paint if you can't find it anywhere local (note its not krylon but i couldn't find krylon but the part number is 3380 RED WRINKLE)

    http://vht.carshopinc.com/product_in...id/56288/SP204

    http://www.usautomotive.co.uk/store/...?idProduct=347

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/VHT-P...spagenameZWD1V
     
  2. Szady

    Szady D-Series Master Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    Looks good. Nice write up. :thumbs up. Im swapping my head here soon, so Im gonna repaint my valve cover too. Im gonna use this as a reference. =)
     
  3. Shea

    Shea bored Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    thanks man, post some pics when you get it done
     
  4. #1FG

    #1FG Rev Limiter= Fun Limiter Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    Nice DIY... I like the outcome...might have to do it myself :thumbs up
     
  5. defvayne

    defvayne Set This World On Blaze!! Registered VIP 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    damn those look sweet!!!!
     
  6. King Bob

    King Bob The life'o Riley Registered VIP 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    very nice finished product. I would do something like this if my valve cover was actually visible
     
  7. Shea

    Shea bored Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    thanks dude


    thanks, you can't see the vc on 8th gen's?
     
  8. jon julian

    jon julian New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    thats hot
     
  9. King Bob

    King Bob The life'o Riley Registered VIP 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    go check the member ride 8th gen section for under hood pix of my car, the vc is way back there and ther is a plastic cover up front.
     
  10. BuiltforSin

    BuiltforSin New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    very nice! will use this when i go to paint my valve cover
     
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    can the paint withstand the temps? great write up btw.

    the one closer the the camera looks alot rougher than the other. any reason?
     
  12. Genuine Rolla

    Genuine Rolla Its PETEY PETE, y0! Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    looks like it came out great. I know what my next project is going to be.
     
  13. Jezek

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    wow those looks really good man :thumbs up
     
  14. Shea

    Shea bored Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    thanks again for all the comments


    my buddy painted an LS cover with the same paint and he's been driving with for a while now and its been holding up to the heat, about the one looking rougher then the other, mine didn't come out as wrinkled as the other one and i don't really know why, i think he may have used more paint
     
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    are there any fumes when u baked it?

    and was this vc off of your car? or one that u switched once it was painted?
     
  16. BrakeLights

    BrakeLights New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    going to do this to my ls valve cover this weekend, thanks man!
     
  17. Shea

    Shea bored Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    there were some fumes but they went away after baking them, thats the vc off my car

    no problem man, post some pics when you get done!
     
  18. xenoicity

    xenoicity Honda Technician Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    looks very nice.... im gonna wanna do that wrinkle red soon
     
  19. mitcheg6

    mitcheg6 Deanh22 Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    damn, that s**t looks tight for a DIY- i thik i might do mine this weekend too!
    --nice write up to man!
     
  20. wtfh4xx

    wtfh4xx 1337 Gold Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    What type of paint? =\

    And I dont see any pictures...
     


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