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Decided to paint the center section of my engine cover with Inferno Red. Got a rattle can from automotivetouchup.com, turned out pretty good, I think. This is actually a heat test to see if the base coat holds up. If so, it's going on the calipers this summer. I haven't decided if I'm going to paint the HEMI letters, or add anything to the 5.7 V8. We'll see how this holds up. Check it out...

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Old 05-10-2012, 10:10 PM
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Re: Painted engine cover

That does look good.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:36 PM
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Re: Painted engine cover

It does look good, but on the other hand it looks like it's missing something.

Do you think you could color match the HEMI and 5.7 L V8 colors to each other? If so, that's the route I would go.
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Re: Painted engine cover

I found some website that makes vinyl decals for the raised letters. I might get some silver stickers for the center section if the paint holds up against the furnace below. Either that, or I could use a fine paint brush and outline the 5.7 V8 with black paint, which might look cool.
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Re: Painted engine cover

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This is actually a heat test to see if the base coat holds up. If so, it's going on the calipers this summer.

Why don't you just use caliper paint? I know Dupli Color sells a kit and is available at Autozone, Pep Boys, OReilley, etc.
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Why don't you just use caliper paint? I know Dupli Color sells a kit and is available at Autozone, Pep Boys, OReilley, etc.
Because the red doesn't match.
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Decided to paint the center section of my engine cover with Inferno Red. Got a rattle can from automotivetouchup.com, turned out pretty good, I think. This is actually a heat test to see if the base coat holds up. If so, it's going on the calipers this summer. I haven't decided if I'm going to paint the HEMI letters, or add anything to the 5.7 V8. We'll see how this holds up. Check it out...

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If you want the calipers matching in INFERNO RED you should not have an issues using the touch up paint.

Most paints can withstand high heat it is open flame and other solvents that do more damage than gradual heat.

I don't really endorse the use of any Clear coats that come in spray can because they usually turn yellow after two years.


You have a few option if you really want inferno read calipers

Option 1. Use the touch up paint base coat and use a rattle can clear coat.

Option 2. Go into a Automotive paint store and order Pint/quart of INFERNO red in a single stage gloss then you can brush it on without worrying about over spray.

*The key to a good paint job is cleaning and prepping the surface*

Also the poster above did mention that you could user VHT/Duplicolor engine/brake caliper paint also ( All the SRT8 Grand Cherokees have red brembos and they don't look bad)
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Re: Painted engine cover

Did you not remove it?? Your whole engine bay has red paint on it now..
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Did you not remove it?? Your whole engine bay has red paint on it now..
Seriously? OMG it made my motorcycle red, too.
The engine bay is just dirty, illuminated with an iPhone flash. If this is sarcasm, you forgot the smiley face...

Jeep_addicted: Yes, I plan on purchasing a pint of inferno red, and using a fine brush or one of those small cheap foam-tip brushes to apply paint to the calipers. Would you recommend brushing on a primer first, or red paint straight to metal? I'll probably use some isopropanol to wipe down the caliper metal before application.
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Re: Painted engine cover

Looks good. I was thinking of doing mine, but my Jeep's silver, same as the lettering. I'll be interested to see how well yours holds up.

Can you use a low nap roller to paint the raised lettering?
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Did you not remove it?? Your whole engine bay has red paint on it now..

Weird!
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Seriously? OMG it made my motorcycle red, too.
The engine bay is just dirty, illuminated with an iPhone flash. If this is sarcasm, you forgot the smiley face...

Jeep_addicted: Yes, I plan on purchasing a pint of inferno red, and using a fine brush or one of those small cheap foam-tip brushes to apply paint to the calipers. Would you recommend brushing on a primer first, or red paint straight to metal? I'll probably use some isopropanol to wipe down the caliper metal before application.

You can get away without using primer, Even when I use the engine paint in the spray can I have never used primer.

Like all painters will tell you the key to a good looking paint job is surface prep.

I have never tried those foam brushes, but you can't go wrong with a good quality brush between a .5 to 1.5 inches wide.

I am DIYer and I do everything in my driveway and have experimented with many products over the year.

Make sure you wash the calipers down pretty well them make sure you dry them off and get out all the water. (simple green works well as a degreaser)

I don't waste money on prep wipes I suggest you either invent in a gallon of prep solvent or you can get away with wiping the calipers down with some full strength lacquer thinner that will also do the trick.

Make sure to let the paint dry at least 36 hours before your drive the car and post those pictures when you Git R done.
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