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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-24-2016, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Have you painted your intake?

Ok so I just got a new edelbrock performer intake for the car. I want to keep it looking as good as I can for as long as I can. (My dad has made many comments regarding getting gas on it will ruin it) So question is what have you guys used and had luck with and what looks best gloss satin or flat sheen?

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Ok so I just got a new edelbrock performer intake for the car. I want to keep it looking as good as I can for as long as I can. (My dad has made many comments regarding getting gas on it will ruin it) So question is what have you guys used and had luck with and what looks best gloss satin or flat sheen?

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Unless you're planning on painting it to match something, I would have gone with the black powder-coated version offered by Edelbrock.


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Re: Have you painted your intake?

I have not, but a good quality clear from ppg would work well. I think satin
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urethane enamel works best. Same stuff a pro would paint your car with. High end clear with the best hardners works also over the paint. Still must be careful about getting some sort of fuel or solvents on it. Powder coat has about the same limitations but paint is easier to repair if it is damaged.
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Have it powder coated............

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Re: Have you painted your intake?

I used PlastiKote aluminum on mine and it is holding up quite well even though I frequently spill gas on it. I picked it up because I saw that was what a professional engine rebuilder used. IIRC I used quite a few coats, and then let it dry for quite a while. That was several years ago and it is still shiny. You can practice first on the valve covers.

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I used 2 pack clear coat on a edelbrock intake. So long as you clean it really well before coating it works fine. Had gasoline on it many times clear coat still looks good.
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powder coating is your best bet...
and you can even have a very close to chrome looking finish if you like,,,
most likely less than $100... and looking good for a long time to come.....

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sTAY AWAY FROM THE CLOSE TO CHROME power coatings believe me I know.
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use any paint that is catalyzed. eastwood are the only guys I know that have cat. rattle cans. otherwise, any gas coming contact will stain it.
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Re: Have you painted your intake?

Thanks for all the info, I am just looking to clear over the new intake, don't want to go have it powdercoated. I know i can get 2 part clear from the local paint shop so maybe I will go that route. Currently I am trying VHT clear I had luck with their flame proof stuff on the old intake so we will see if I like the turn out on an old intake my dad gave me. Once dry I will test to see the durability
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Re: Have you painted your intake?

Another question I have is will the factory manifold bolts work or do I need to purchase the edelbrock or arp ones?

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Another question I have is will the factory manifold bolts work or do I need to purchase the edelbrock or arp ones?
Even if they did work why would you want the crappy old bolts one a new manifold?

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I painted by streetmaster intake on my 390 with Rustoleum gloss black. The trick is to blast the surface first. (tape off machined surfaces with heavy duct tape or several layers of masking tape) Prime with Rustoleum red oxide primer and let that dry for an hour or so and then put several light coats of rustoleum glass black. Let that dry for a few hours and then put it in the oven at 175 for 1 hour. after 1 hour at 175 I increase teh oven temp 25 degrees every 1/2 hour until i reach 350. Once the intake cools you will have a very nice sheen similar to satin and a surface that is unaffected by oil and gasoline.

I use this method for engine brackets and small parts to get a rock hard surface that is darn near impossible to scratch. I have used this method with other rustoleum colors with success.
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Thanks for all the info, I am just looking to clear over the new intake, don't want to go have it powdercoated. I know i can get 2 part clear from the local paint shop so maybe I will go that route. Currently I am trying VHT clear I had luck with their flame proof stuff on the old intake so we will see if I like the turn out on an old intake my dad gave me. Once dry I will test to see the durability
VHT doesn't hold up well. One of my tests is to spray something then wipe it down with some brake clean on a rag or paper towel. Good catilizwed paint will show little if any effect to the paint and none will rub off on the rag. I have tried this on duplicolor , VHT rustolium , etc all have failed even some power coats.

Some places that sell paint can also load up spray cans with good automotive paints NAPA close to me can do this go with the urathane though
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