Painting Your Classic Car Engine
Posted on January 30, 2012 by admin
The best time to paint your classic cars engine is when you are getting under the hood to make other necessary restorations and repairs anyway. This will keep you from needing to pull apart your engine multiple times.
Locate and remove all the parts from your classic car that you want to paint.
- 2 Cleaning
In order to make sure the paint adheres properly to the engines surface it is a must to thoroughly clean the parts with the Safety Kleen solution (or gasoline) by using a wire brush and steel wool. It is extremely important to protect your eyes with goggles and eye wear.
- 3 Prepping the surface
At this point, there are 2 options…one more costly, but better. If funds allow, take the parts to be sand or bead blasted. This will result in like-new surface for painting and really show well in your classic car. If funds are not available, continue using the steel wool…tedious but effective.
- 4 The right space
Hang the part from a garage or basement ceiling rafter by a piece of wire attached to one corner. This will allow all surfaces to be painted at one time. Spray the part with heat resistant primer. Apply several light coats rather than a single heavy coat to prevent runs. WORK IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA AND WEAR A RESPIRATOR WHEN SPRAYING.
- 5 Touch-Ups
After primer has dried, use emory cloth to lightly sand the entire part. Clean with damp rag and allow to dry.
- 6 Finish
Hang the part from the rafter again and apply the finish coat of heat resistant engine enamel (Year One makes the best and can be ordered in the original color of your classic car). Remember to apply several light coats…don’t over do it and you will avoid runs. WORK IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA AND WEAR A RESPIRATOR WHEN SPRAYING.
- 7 Putting engine back into your classic car
Allow at least 24 hours to cure and reinstall part into your classic car.
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