So I ordered a p1sc procharger and dislike the shiny intercooler . What do you think about painting the intercooler? I have the helical gears and painted black, no one would know
Black will reflect heat better (radiators, intakes, intake tubes etc.) under the hood. Black will also absorb heat from the sun more so as long as there is no direct sunlight hitting the cooler, black should be a better color. If it is exposed to direct sunlight, lighter colors would work better.
No, my response was in response to the fellow I quoted (KJ392). I had no reason to question your results, but wanted to touch on what KJ392 posted in case people might get the idea that they could just paint things whatever or however without any impact to the efficiency of the intercooler and if they didn't have a Procharger then they should contact whoever supplied their intercooler.You may have missed the part in my response to the OP about my calling ProCharger. The paint was discussed with them. It's been on the car for four years. There are no adverse effects to the operation of the ProCharger system. I'm sure the OP is aware that he can call the manufacturer and ask any questions he would like. You sort of, by saying he should call ProCharger, are implying that my response to him is either incorrect information, or false. You probably didn't intend this, but comes across as such.Yahooligan said:So, before going out and painting the intercooler I would contact the company that manufactured it and ask them their opinion on painting it as well as what to use to paint it.
I guess I should have worded it differently. Black emits the most heat through radiation (under the hood with no light interaction) but will also have a high absorption rate when exposed to light waves (exposed to sunlight). I was thinking along the lines if the innercooler was exposed to sunlight, maybe silver would be better than black. Either way, contacting the supplier for their advice is the best advice of all.
Well, there are two different things going on in your reply; Thermal properties and the effect of visible light.
Black doesn't reflect heat or light, but with the correct properties a black body or psuedo-black body will be more efficient at heat transfer; It will emit and absorb heat more efficiently than something that's not a black body.
Simply painting something black doesn't make it a black body and may hurt the thermal properties of the object by adding another layer that heat has to pass through.
Radiators are black to help with heat transfer.
The color black absorbs heat when exposed to the visible and IR spectrums, it doesn't reflect it. This is why black cars are so much hotter than light-colored cars when left out in the sun.
So, before going out and painting the intercooler I would contact the company that manufactured it and ask them their opinion on painting it as well as what to use to paint it.