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    Engine Paint in 2 Pack?

    Is it acceptable to paint an engine block and cam cover with 2-pack paint? It seems to be the best way to get a colour match. Both are cast aluminium in my case.
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    Yes. I used 2 coats of 2K epoxy primer followed by 2 coats of 2K gloss and it's fine. Obviously cleaning and prep before hand is essential.
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    I did mine 18 months ago and still looks the same with no peeling or flaking:


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    Quote Originally Posted by English Impala View Post
    Yes. I used 2 coats of 2K epoxy primer followed by 2 coats of 2K gloss and it's fine. Obviously cleaning and prep before hand is essential.
    Does it cope fine with temperature? I guess its OK with the odd drop of oil and petrol too?
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    Yes, my engine was freshly rebuilt so is running hot as it's still tight. The late Steve Lang always used to paint his engines this way with excellent results so I followed his advice. Obviously cleaning, abrading then cleaning again is critical before painting.
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    Painted mine with 2 pack many years ago and it is still fine, didn't do the head as that must get very hot on the exhaust side, so I polished the ally on the head.

    just realised you cant see the block on the pic, still looks good honest
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    Good point, my heads are also bare aluminium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by supateach View Post
    Painted mine with 2 pack many years ago and it is still fine, didn't do the head as that must get very hot on the exhaust side, so I polished the ally on the head.

    just realised you cant see the block on the pic, still looks good honest
    What am I looking at here exactly?, is that a BMW engine? , I cant make it out, but I sure are interested
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    before paint I always use an etch primer such as https://www.bing.com/images/search?v...x=7&ajaxhist=0 did my rover V8 lump about 15 years ago and is still good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 68roadrunner View Post
    What am I looking at here exactly?, is that a BMW engine? , I cant make it out, but I sure are interested
    you are right it is a 77 3.5 out of a seven series, it has twin webers on a 3.0S bmw manifolds, the original sevens had a single four barrel but I wanted the look of twin carbs, the smaller distributor from the 3.0S as the bigger one from the seven wouldn't fit under the bonnet, I put a fast road cam in because a genuine BMW cam was double the aftermarket price when it needed a new cam. As you can see it a tight squeeze in the Celica engine bay
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