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hey what is the best way to get the crappy paint of my valve cover?? wire brush or sqndpaper.. also any spray paint will do???


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On my 300SEL, I used paint stripper and a lot of elbow grease. Then primed and used a high temperature paint.

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Depending on how important the finish it to you you can have it sand or bead blasted for a nearly perfect base on which to paint. Michael is right that you will want to use a specific purpose paint for high temperatures. Most auto parts stores carry this paint, just let them know what you're using it for. Also I've seen lately some translucent colored paint you use over chrome covers to give them a custom look if that's what you're after.

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Have it powder-coated so you will never have to mess with it again.
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Have it powder-coated so you will never have to mess with it again.
The valve cover on my w126 seemed almost plastic like. If his are the same material will it withstand the heat for powdercoating?
Off topic, but I just had some rims powdercoated. Powdercoating does look good!

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Was the 5.6 litre valve covers painted to separate it from the previous engines?

If you strip off the paint, then polish the aluminum alloy, those translucent paints could give that "Black Chrome" look. Very Nice!

I have seen M100 engines polished and they were truly beautiful, albeit a massive amount of labor!

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The valve cover on my w126 seemed almost plastic like. If his are the same material will it withstand the heat for powdercoating?
Off topic, but I just had some rims powdercoated. Powdercoating does look good!
If it looks like satin plastic, it probably is powder coated. But it could also be a lacquer applied with electrostatic gun in several coats.
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