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Old 03-29-2004, 05:40 PM
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How many coats do you usually..

put on yer block including primer?

-Eric

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as many light coats as needed..........

You are talking about painting an engine, I presume?
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Hi Erk,
If you are using a primer coat, just put one-two light coats and let it dry. Then paint it with a few coats of quality paint. If you are using a can, make sure you hold the can back far enough so you don't get runs (+12"). Always go light and add extra coats if needed and let it dry between coats... probably around two-three hours between coats.
Note: I would clean the block well before you start. Also, paper and tape off all areas you don't want painted. Use some oil or grease in cracks and the paint will wipe right out when you are done. Plus... if you are using cans, I would throw them away before they are completely empty. I don't like to worry the cans shooting nasty bits into my nice paint job... Hope you get it lookin' real nice. Post us a pic when you’re done. Rick
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Old 03-29-2004, 07:32 PM
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I have 2 coats of light primer, and 1-2 coats of VERY VERY light flat black but then decided i don't like that so i put 2 coats of black gloss. Its not real thick. But its semi-thick.I have seen engines where you can't even see anything but paint really. My friend always uses like 5+coats of paint

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Hi Erk,
That sounds real good. Two coats primer and four coats black pain. Your friends five coats is not too much... as long as they are light coats, you can do four, five, or even more coats without a problem. Do you really think there is much of a difference between the four coats your used and the five coats your friend used? I don't think it should be much different unless your friend was putting a whole can on with each coat.
Hope you like it when you are all finished... Rick
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two things to consider...

1. there is a recent post on this subject with some very useful information (maybe a week old..I'm too lazy to search for it...)


2. I painted an engine GLOSS black one time. It looked great until I developed an oil leak in the valve cover gasket. Do you know how hard it is to see relatively clean oil running down a gloss black surface....?

I won't make THAT mistake again....

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Old 03-30-2004, 08:37 PM
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my block is gloss black, and the pan is orange looks real good but won't be able to see leaks good at all.

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