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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 07-15-2017, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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after years of putting it off I am finally going to tackle dressing the engine on TUFANUF. first will be the engine cover. I have seen other members have painted theirs. my question is, did they sand the rough plastic or use filler to smooth it for paint. I want to paint it black with blue and purple flames to match our R. thanks for any suggestions.
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The cover has a texture. I guess you are wanting it to be smooth when finished, like the body?

I painted my gauge pod. I did sand it and put a lot of time in it. I ordered the paint and primer. I had some left over so I decided to do the engine cover as well.

I'm happy with the cover. All I did was clean it good so there was no oil or other grime on it. A few coats of primer. a few of finish coat, and a few of clear coat. and I was done, with plenty of time to dry in between.
If you are impatient, you need to find something else to do. We were away a few days inbetween some of my coats.
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Cover looks nice Wolfpacker did you paint the vortex or is that the original color coming thru?
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Cover looks nice Wolfpacker did you paint the vortex or is that the original color coming thru?
Thanks, I put tape over the vortec logo. ( I could have done a better job, it would have made the touch up easier. But I didn't know what I was doing-you know how it is the first time around)
Then I removed the tape and put the primer and finish coat on with a model brush. Yeah, a lot of work. Would be much easier to just paint it. But I like the way it highlights the cover.

Iv'e included some images of different steps. I didn't have any with the tape on.
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I make a smooth cover for the 03-04 out of fiberglass. Very rigid and much easier to paint.
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I have one of DG Motorsports engine covers coming in as I wanted something a bit different.

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I make a smooth cover for the 03-04 out of fiberglass. Very rigid and much easier to paint.

Cover looks nice. Where did you get the SSR lettering from?
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TUFANUF, when you say filler, did you mean like body putty? I know that method is common for the interior but I would not do that to the engine area as the heat and flexing would likely make it crack off. Stick with sanding and priming. if you decide to paint your engine cover, I have done a few, I would suggest a few things.....

1. Yes, if you want a nice smooth finish then you will need to sand it down a little and also use some high build primer.

2. After you sand the cover down a little make sure you use plastic adhesion promoter before you use the primer and anytime you see the plastic coming through between sanding. I use Duplicolor from a spray can and have good success.

3. Always best to use automotive 2 or 3 stage paint and not an off the shelf spray can as the automotive paints are more robust and will last longer.

I do agree with the 2 above comments, getting a fiberglass one would save a lot of time sanding, I think the one from Eric is more stock looking and the one from DG is slightly stylized, both look great.

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after years of putting it off I am finally going to tackle dressing the engine on TUFANUF. first will be the engine cover. I have seen other members have painted theirs. my question is, did they sand the rough plastic or use filler to smooth it for paint. I want to paint it black with blue and purple flames to match our R. thanks for any suggestions.
TUFANUF: Dragon2 finished mine, very pleased with results. Also did fuse box cover.
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I installed a 2011 Camaro v8 cover. It required a little bit of trimming around the throttle body and came out good. You can also use a late model GTO cover or Holden, G8 cover.
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I installed a 2011 Camaro v8 cover. It required a little bit of trimming around the throttle body and came out good. You can also use a late model GTO cover or Holden, G8 cover.
Different Idea, What holds it in place?
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Different Idea, What holds it in place?
The oil filler cap holds it in place on the passenger side. On the driver side I used a 3m zip tie.

I also purchased some Corvette fuel rail covers to try out. They didn't fit at all. Too much trimming and huge gap at top, will probably sell them on ebay.
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Interesting that it fits.

Stylish ergonomic engine covers are one thing, but when they start trying to make them look like fake intakes and fake valve covers I cringe. That's almost as bad as fake hood scoops and pipes and such.
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Interesting that it fits.

Stylish ergonomic engine covers are one thing, but when they start trying to make them look like fake intakes and fake valve covers I cringe. That's almost as bad as fake hood scoops and pipes and such.

The '03-'04 cover looks the best (except for Eric's). The '05-'06 is a bit too blobby. I like the later engine best with nothing.
I like an engine to look functional no matter how "ugly" it is...as long as it's clean. Again, engine covers are ok as long as they don't try to look like a fake engine.
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I say "AMEN" to the fake stuff! Personally I like Jerry's engine, and I think AustinTexasKid ( I think that's his name) looked pretty awesome.

Whats wrong with my engine cover? LOL

I do not make one for the 05-06. I would if someone wanted to send me one


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Interesting that it fits.

Stylish ergonomic engine covers are one thing, but when they start trying to make them look like fake intakes and fake valve covers I cringe. That's almost as bad as fake hood scoops and pipes and such.

The '03-'04 cover looks the best (except for Eric's). The '05-'06 is a bit too blobby. I like the later engine best with nothing.
I like an engine to look functional no matter how "ugly" it is...as long as it's clean. Again, engine covers are ok as long as they don't try to look like a fake engine.
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I say "AMEN" to the fake stuff! Personally I like Jerry's engine, and I think AustinTexasKid ( I think that's his name) looked pretty awesome.

Whats wrong with my engine cover? LOL

I do not make one for the 05-06. I would if someone wanted to send me one
I didn't say anything was wrong with your engine cover, Eric. I said that the stock '03-'04 engine cover looks the best besides yours, meaning that yours looks even better than the factory one.

I have a NOS engine cover for my '06 but it's never been on my truck as I prefer to not have plastic-destroying heat smoldering and soaking my engine while drying out my hoses and turning my plastic parts into shrunken brittle pieces of cracked worthless crap.
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I didn't say anything was wrong with your engine cover, Eric. I said that the stock '03-'04 engine cover looks the best besides yours, meaning that yours looks even better than the factory one.

I have a NOS engine cover for my '06 but it's never been on my truck as I prefer to not have plastic-destroying heat smoldering and soaking my engine while drying out my hoses and turning my plastic parts into shrunken brittle pieces of cracked worthless crap.
I don't mean to be critical or anything else. Just asking if you are running without any engine cover at all.

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I don't mean to be critical or anything else. Just asking if you are running without any engine cover at all.

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No, I don't use my engine cover at all.

I tow with my truck and I had substantial heat soak issues when I first towed with it in 2006. Removing the engine cover made a significant difference as it essentially acts as a blanket laying on top of the engine, holding heat intimately close elevating the temperature of the intake.

The last thing you want when looking for maximum towing power is a HOTTER intake air charge.

And, I think while not pretty it looks better without any sort of cover in that it looks functional and serious without any fluff.

Now, if there were a good looking cover for the '05-'06 I would have possibly considered it but reducing the detrimental effects of heat soak take priority for me on these trucks.

Anything you can possibly do to help the engine compartment stay cool not only helps the engine but again all of your rubber and plastic components.

That's another reason a cold air intake made of metal is a bad idea...heat soak. Plastic dissipates heat faster.

An engine is basically an air pump and the greater amount of COOL air you can get in (and get out with less restrictive true dual exhaust) the easier your engine makes power. And, keeping your intake as cool as possible (even if it is only a few degrees) makes a huge difference in the amount of de-tuning the computers in these trucks do when the temperatures rise.

You can see the effects of heat soak using an app like Torque with a bluetooth adapter which will tell you your incoming air temperature.

But anyhoo, no I haven't used my engine cover since I removed it years ago.
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ggoat!!---Thanks. I totally agree '05 and '06 covers are "uggly" !! I have been trying to think of a way to improve the looks but no success, and since no one else has, I doubt I will. Paint helps but doesn't change the shape and too many $$$ for me. Docs Grilles made a big difference on Kathy's '04.

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