I want my engine cover painted to match the body color. How much do I need to set aside from my upgrade account?
I don't think so, It is automotive paint. I've driven it straight shot 110 miles up to Denver & turned it back around Havn't noticed anything out of the ordinary, no chipping bubbling discolorization or anything but I guess time will tell. My impression is that it will be fine.Will there be any issues with using this type of paint in the engine compartment due to heat?
I went to the Dealership to find my paint, but the parts department is about as useful as a screen door on a submarine. I did my cover with advice and quidance from Challenger5.7 as with him I bought all the materials from auto zone for under $20. I went a step further and got some plastic bonding paint to act as a primer form Home Depot. along with some masking tape.
Its an easy mod and fun to do...Good Luck
Oh ok I'll have to check it out when it stops raining here. Make sure you take some pics of it and post it JPW...being a black car I'm curious how that will look.
This mod is no brainer for any do it yourselfer. Like Kausion said, $20 bucks at autozone and I got actual Hemi Orange paint by duplicolor, primer, clear, and silver pinstriping for the ridges. Clean and degrease the entire cover, tape off with masking, lay down primer, 3 or 4 light coats of your body color paint, lay down your pinstripes on the ridges, and then 4 or 5 light coats of clear to contain everything and keep the pinstripes from curling. Depending on the weather and humidity just wait about 5 mins between your coats, you want the paint to be tacky but not fully dried... tacky so that the next layer kinda bonds with the previous layer. You can also use plastic bonding paint as Kausion suggested. Takes a few hours but mainly from masking off the 'hemi' letters and waiting between coats. I pop the hood and there isnt one person who would have guessed i did it myself, they all swear its factory. Heres some pics of mineI went to the Dealership to find my paint, but the parts department is about as useful as a screen door on a submarine. I did my cover with advice and quidance from Challenger5.7 as with him I bought all the materials from auto zone for under $20. I went a step further and got some plastic bonding paint to act as a primer form Home Depot. along with some masking tape.
Its an easy mod and fun to do...Good Luck
IMO the choice is purely a personal one. but, I also think that a brilliant black painted Shroud with Plum highlights/accents would be a very dark and harsh complimentary combination. That is just what is stewing in my mind though. Alternating the colors might work but colud be overwhelming as well. I think the way you stated is a good idea with an insert for the center piece in Plum, that would tie it all together nicely. I really like the way thsi mod makes the engine bay look. Let us now what you decide and post some Pics.Do you guys think it would look good in my black car to paint it with the matching brilliant black and then having the top, letters and stripes plum crazy? I also saw some purple reflective plates and letters at reflective concepts for this engine cover but I don't know how that would look. What do you guys think?
Wow!!! Mine doesnt even look that nice. Glad I was able to help you but I think you've perfected it my man. :bigthumb: Let me know when we can go into business together :bigthumb::bigthumb:I just completed this project this weekend. I am so happy with the result! Thanks to Challenger5.7 for the inspiration and the step-by-step instructions he posted. I never would have thought to do this if I had not seen his pics on the same car as mine! Thanks Man! (I know you got the idea from another member but I don't know who it was. I would like to give credit to all the other guys who did this mod and posted pics for the rest of us to copy!). I bought the Mopar color matched paint so that it would be an axact match with the fine metalic pearl in the paint so it looks totally factory. I am so glad I did. It cost a couple more bucks than buying plain orange paint, but worth it I think. Now I just have to decide if I want to paint the 5.7L / V8 on the grey center section. I can't decide. Anyway, thanks for the idea everyone!:bigthumb:
That's what I was afraid of. I was tempted to hand paint them orange or silver, but I think you are right. You don't want to over do it. I think it looks good the way it is. I was never too excited about the look of the engine before. I thought it did not live up to the look of the exterior of the car. I would even warn people when they asked to see under the hood. I would say "Don't get too excited. It's not much to look at". Now with the Mopar CAI and the cover painted it looks far more impressive! I don't mind popping the hood now!One more thing... I painted the raised "5.7/V8" letters in the middle grey portion my first time around and it did not look right at all to me, I changed it real quick. I think just leaving the entire middle section grey helps keep the entire engine cover contrasting the right way whenever you step back and look at the whole thing in the engine bay. Plus why change something that looks simply awesome already, good job on yours