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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Engine paint

I'd like to do a little touch up painting on the engine. Does anyone have the paint codes for the orange paint on the engine block?

Is it something that might be available at a local car parts store?

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I color matched the v8 plenum red/orange. You could do the same.
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You can get a very close approximation to the factory 'colour' by first painting with Chrysler Orange engine paint, then 'dusting' the result with Chevy Red Engine Paint. These are commonly available from Rust-Oleum, Krylon, or Dupli-Color at autoparts stores.

Or, buy the OEM "VHT" wrinkle paint off Amazon or eBay. MrD has posted links.


None of these paints last a long time on the valve covers, the engine oil ruins the finish after a number of years.




PS: One way to offset the constant cost of refinishing, is to position a container in the air scoop on the lower left side of your picture at car shows. Mark it "DONATIONS". LOL Jenna's going to do that at LOG. <DUCKS>

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One way to offset the constant cost of refinishing, is to position a container in the air scoop on the lower left side of your picture at car shows. Mark it "DONATIONS". LOL Jenna's going to do that at LOG. <DUCKS>

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None of these paints last a long time on the valve covers, the engine oil ruins the finish after a number of years.
I just want to touch up some of the nicks and dings around the edges.

Speaking of oil, is the oil cap supposed to lock shut? I thought I read somewhere that it's not. The one I have doesn't lock and continually vibrates loose, which splashes oil onto the block which drips down into the plug wells, etc.

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Bob,

The only way to get a really nice clean look for your painted engine components is to remove them, media blast them, and repaint. I use VHT wrinkle red and it's reasonably close to the OEM color to pass. If you do all your components they also will match. If you "touch up" the effect will be mottled - older sections will simply be different because of age and heat. The tricky one to paint is the back plate on the plenum - it is attached to the throttle bodies. On my car everything was removed, media blasted (walnut shells) then sprayed. After the paint is good and dry you use a sanding block on the raised lettering and ribbing to re-reveal the aluminum to recreate the OEM look.

Your oil filler cap should not be vibrating loose. It should fit snugly, have an o-ring or gasket, and should not be leaking oil on to the engine. That's a dangerous situation as the oil on the manifold will smoke, stink, and possibly ignite. Fix that situation first thing.

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Thanks Tom. I don't want to get that involved into it, was just wanting to touch up some paint nicks around the edges.

As for the oil cap, it's already being worked on, was just double checking on something I thought I heard somewhere.

BTW- I'm going to email you a picture of the new fan assembly on my engine lid this week. It's similar to yours but different. Thank you for your input and pictures

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I just had paint matched for my '67 Commodore Blue Sunbeam Tiger, and the jobber had a device that could take a picture of a sample (at least 3 x 3") and computer match a color. Match looks spot on for touch ups. I'm satisfied! The paint on my car was a custom mix done almost 30 years ago. Worth looking into. Good luck, and let us know your results.

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Touch-ups on the motor aren't going to blend in well. Once the heat gets to it, it will affect how it looks enough to discern a difference. It is also going to age differently. The only way to go is to repaint the whole part. Depends on how fussy you are and how noticeable the spot is.
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You might check out Dupli-color chevy orange red DE1607 since GM owned Lotus back in the early 90s.
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Glad my '85 has the Black EZ-match engine paint. VHT wrinkle black and you're done!

Just a thought if you're getting ready to strip and paint a bunch of parts on a long term ownership- do ya really like red/red-orange??

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Who in the USA doesn't like Red engine accents, 'White' bare aluminum, and Blue timing belts and silicone hoses???
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Don't forget to add chrome bits, neon colored wire looms for the electrical harnesses with LED lights and an oversized air filter.
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I must of got beat down by one of those red/white/blue patriots , I'm black 'n blue

Now I can start on a Chrome wiring cover with neon backlighting.... Thanks for the tips!
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