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Engine bay repaint

Postby r-town » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:34 am

So after a couple of runs with Simple Green, most of the gunk has been removed from the engine bay. The goal is to paint the engine bay black. The factory sealed areas look like a lousy job. Currently watching some YouTube videos on stripping and resealing. Any input/hints for those who have stripped the engine bay to the bare metal would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Engine bay repaint

Postby GT4_DRED » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:39 am

Stripping the bay is a LOT of work. Degrease, scuff it up with a scotchbrite pad, wipe down with pre-paint cleaner, primer and paint. Are you painting with a gun? I used single stage in an aerosol can made by the auto paint shop and it worked good..
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Re: Engine bay repaint

Postby FC Zach » Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:18 am

GT4_DRED wrote:Stripping the bay is a LOT of work. Degrease, scuff it up with a scotchbrite pad, wipe down with pre-paint cleaner, primer and paint. Are you painting with a gun? I used single stage in an aerosol can made by the auto paint shop and it worked good..


All of this! That's what I did and with positive results :) Although it was MUCH more tedious for me since I didn't want to break the seal on any of my lines so I worked around them.
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Re: Engine bay repaint

Postby gt4ferko » Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:17 am

Looks great! I recently painted mine too. Along with refinishing my transmission.
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Re: Engine bay repaint

Postby r-town » Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:14 am

GT4_DRED wrote:Stripping the bay is a LOT of work. Degrease, scuff it up with a scotchbrite pad, wipe down with pre-paint cleaner, primer and paint. Are you painting with a gun? I used single stage in an aerosol can made by the auto paint shop and it worked good..


Sounds like I'm going to take this route. This was my original plan, I didn't know how well the paint was going to hold since the previous owner painted some areas metallic blue, but it started to peel off. I guess there was no prep work done.

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GT4_DRED wrote:Stripping the bay is a LOT of work. Degrease, scuff it up with a scotchbrite pad, wipe down with pre-paint cleaner, primer and paint. Are you painting with a gun? I used single stage in an aerosol can made by the auto paint shop and it worked good..


All of this! That's what I did and with positive results :) Although it was MUCH more tedious for me since I didn't want to break the seal on any of my lines so I worked around them.
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Nice work. That looks like it was pain to work around all those lines. The results look amazing though. I decided to remove the lines as I'm replacing most of the stuff in the alltrac with the ones off a parts car I have. Was your Alltrac original color red or burgundy?

gt4ferko wrote:Looks great! I recently painted mine too. Along with refinishing my transmission.


Nice! I'm planning to paint the transmission as well. It looks like a lot of ST185s came in red. One of my past alltracs was red as well. As for this one, the previous owner custom painted the Alltrac to metallic blue-ish (grey-ish), else I would've kept the original engine bay color as burgundy.
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Re: Engine bay repaint

Postby r-town » Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:55 am

Thanks for the feedback guys. I'm still in the process of degreasing the bay. Today I removed the brake booster and the clutch master cylinder. Next will be painting part.
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Re: Engine bay repaint

Postby FC Zach » Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:24 pm

r-town wrote:Nice work. That looks like it was pain to work around all those lines. The results look amazing though. I decided to remove the lines as I'm replacing most of the stuff in the alltrac with the ones off a parts car I have. Was your Alltrac original color red or burgundy?


It was red. . Thanks for the kind words, it's been a chore hiding any sign if the previous color. I was hesitant about cleaning/spraying the bay when I had the engine out and almost talked myself out of doing it out of laziness but I'm glad I did it. . I'd still be kicking myself had I not.
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