Paint and Body Intake Manifold Paint

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I’m soon to be painting my intake. I was debating on matching body color, and I’ve found a pretty close match, but it is not high heat paint.
Do I need high heat engine paint for the upper intake?
 
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I say give it a try. The upper is so easy to remove it's no big deal to do it again if you have to.

Me? I was never a flashy under the hood guy. Too hard to keep it looking good. I focus on proper and reliable function under the hood. I'll pop my hood at request anytime, just don't expect a glimmering show piece. Do expect things to look the way they should.
 

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The intake doesn't get hot enough to be considered high heat. Don't get me wrong it gets hot underhood on a 90 degree day, but you can still kinda put your hand on it. Lower might get a tad warmer.

I'd see what temp range the paint you want to use can handle. Intake might see 150 F or so? Maybe a tad higher
 

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I’m gonna try the paint out on a valve cover first. I figure that’s easier to strip back down than the intake if I don’t like the outcome.

If not, I’ll just go with polishing covers and some silver back on the upper.

Cleaned the first one up last night.

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The vakve covers do see more heat than the intake. I haven't had good luck making high temp paint last more than a couple years. I've had clear coats yellow as well
 

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Regular automotive paint will work just fine.

The only areas that would get too hot are the heads and exhaust manifolds/headers.

You could even paint the block if you desired.
 

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Powder coat. By the time I have waisted energy getting material the time to prep and paint it right - the powder to me looks better, cleans easier and is so much more durable

That’s 4-5k miles - getting caught in rain etc . Again just my opinion . I just re did a bunch stuff including the valve covers . Lower intake now . Timing cover , heater core pipes etc .
 

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Jeff’s right, powder coating is much more durable.

Though painting works if you bring out your inner anal side, lol.
 
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Jeff’s right, powder coating is much more durable.

Though painting works if you bring out your inner anal side, lol.
Some guys ( like you ) have the true talent to make it look like you can’t tell the difference . I am not one of them lmao
 

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Powder coat. By the time I have waisted energy getting material the time to prep and paint it right - the powder to me looks better, cleans easier and is so much more durable

That’s 4-5k miles - getting caught in rain etc . Again just my opinion . I just re did a bunch stuff including the valve covers . Lower intake now . Timing cover , heater core pipes etc .
Your MSD box is upside down.
 
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Your MSD box is upside down.
There was a reason for it . Lol

When I went to the newer style box the Harness was different and wouldn’t fit the other way . It resides in a different spot now but turned the right way
 

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So, after much contemplation, I decided to paint a valve cover. I cleaned the crap out of it. Washed it, rinsed it, washed it again. Final clean was with mineral spirits. Primed with a self etching primer. Wet sanded that with 400. Then I went to work on my very amateur painting skills. It looked great for a while, but when completely dried, I see about a half inch or so on the edge looking dull. Did I not hit that with enough paint, or was it something else that caused it?

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So, after much contemplation, I decided to paint a valve cover. I cleaned the crap out of it. Washed it, rinsed it, washed it again. Final clean was with mineral spirits. Primed with a self etching primer. Wet sanded that with 400. Then I went to work on my very amateur painting skills. It looked great for a while, but when completely dried, I see about a half inch or so on the edge looking dull. Did I not hit that with enough paint, or was it something else that caused it?

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I’m thinking it’s from putting on too much material too quick. It’s a form of solvent pop.

That happens when the surface dries/hardens before the solvents had a good chance to leach out. Usually caused by putting the material on too heavy.
 

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I’m thinking it’s from putting on too much material too quick. It’s a form of solvent pop.

That happens when the surface dries/hardens before the solvents had a good chance to leach out. Usually caused by putting the material on too heavy.
Completely opposite of my thought!!

There’s my “learn something new everyday” for today. Thanks!
Will applying a few more LIGHT coats get it to blend in. I’m not looking for perfect. Much of it will be hidden under the intake anyway.
 

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