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Old 03-06-2005, 05:08 PM
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We are trying to paint a 454 notor.....trying to smooth and paint with car paint like seen on show cars. Does anyone know what kind of paint/primer and the steps to do it. The car is a weekend toy and WILL be driven. Does it last? Ive heard so many different stories about paint bubbleing, clearcoat changing colors etc. Can someone please help!?!

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The big boys use regular Basecoat/Clearcoat automotive paint.

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The thing I was told about painting motors is 1: make sure you clean it up REALLY good. I like a water based cleaner first then follow with a chemical based cleaner.(just my opinion) 2: use an epoxy primer, then bc/cc or single stage, your choice.

Remember that engine parts hold oil deep inside the pores of the metal. Clean it till your rags wipe clean. Do this before you prep the engine!! And after,too.
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Paint it with what you like but rember this,

The more LAYER'S you stick on that block,The SLOWER it will radiate HEAT.

Your INSULATING it with EACH layer of paint. For a show tub that isn't driven much,fine.on a driver,forget it.

Wonder WHY the OEM's don't bc/cc and went to BLACK block's?

Black radiates heat better than any other color. Along with a single layer of paint.

Yeah black ABSORBS heat more(black car in the sun) but it RELEASES it faster too.

Just something to consider.

What's the WORST???

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This is one of those questions that have alot of different opinions. Painting the block isn't a bad thing, we have powdercoated blocks that we run daily, and run hard. Never been a problem with heat build up.
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