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Learn To Paint Your Engine Compartment

Dumping the old engine for a bigger, badder one? Why not learn to paint your engine compartment

The Learning Curve
This is a good project for beginners. The prep and procedure are all the same as a for full-blown paint job, but the stakes are much lower, and therefore there is more room for trial-and-error learning. Here are two things we learned while doing this project.

Paint And Prices
DescriptionPrice
DuPont 2840S primer-sealer, 1 gal.$113.00
DuPont 2805S activator, 1 qt.$34.02
DuPont V-4904S 2K UltraProductive primer-filler, 1 gal.$123.00
DuPont V-4975S activator, 1 qt.$61.00
Nason basecoat, 1/2 gal.$40.00
Nason activator, 1 qt.$28.40
DuPont HC2300S clear, 1 gal.$151.79
DuPont HC2305S activator, 1 qt.$47.69
3M 320-grit wet or dry sandpaper, 100 ct.$35.29
Sharpe air regulator$27.00
Inline air filter$47.00
Total$708.19

All materials purchased at Annex Automotive and Industrial Finishes in Los Angeles; 323/934-3177.

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SOURCES
The Eastwood CompanyPowerbuilt Tools/Alltrade
Pottstown, PALong Beach, CA
800/343-9353800/368-6653
eastwoodco.comalltradetools.com
25 comments
Andriw Bern
Andriw Bern

Me darian un curso de pintura.... xfavor

Larry Hullinger
Larry Hullinger

I used newspaper for years when I used to paint cars never had a problem !!!

Randy Todriff
Randy Todriff

Note to First time Mopar owners Never ever paint your engine bay Black its body color for Mopars

Ian Big-e Hoffman
Ian Big-e Hoffman

I've never had any problems using newspaper either so if its bleeding through you should stop spraying the newspaper and spray the car or project

Matt Williams
Matt Williams

I got my copy today and was surprised to see the word Volvo appears twice in two issues.

Ryan Chevalier
Ryan Chevalier

Put up some pics of the thirdgen in the background!

Keith Kavon
Keith Kavon

it looks like to me, like the job was half assed. I could point out everything i see that didn't seem like the best route to take, but i don't want to write a long paragraph, and as a mechanic i dont like to bash other people's methods. Judge by the finish poroduct. But, all i can really say is if this, is suppose to be one of your best jobs, like the article said you were shooting for, I would never want to bring any my projects there.

Craig Palmer
Craig Palmer

why is the lettering so small, gotta put my face right upto the screen to read it all.

Ralph Laakmann
Ralph Laakmann

and the paint on the newspaper....why are you putting costly paint on the newspaper....it belongs on the job.....

Ralph Laakmann
Ralph Laakmann

if you are bleeding thru newspaper.....you are sagging and running....Iv'e used newspapers to mask off even House of color candies and never bled thru....

Keith Inskeep
Keith Inskeep

been there done that more times than i can count but it is so worth it

Karl Loper
Karl Loper

Now take a tack rag or an alcohol rag and wipe off the oils that your left hand just transmitted to the surface.

Jae Cho
Jae Cho

Yup this is a big Fail. Newspaper is a dust source too plus the bleeding.

Brandon Quinn
Brandon Quinn

First tip don't use newspaper, go to a paint supplier shop and pay 10-15 bucks for good paper.

J-f Dube
J-f Dube

All I say is SCRUB LOTS before you paint.

Jason Sahloff
Jason Sahloff

Don't use newspaper, paint can bleed through it

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