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bkelly

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How bad is it if I use Rustoleum in the engine bay? I'm not one to be cheap but I look at it this way- The car is going to be white. I detailed cars for 15 years. White looks virtually the same no matter how much polishing you do to it. I can't see spending money where it's not going to be noticed. I'm more of a "if it doesn't make it go faster, stop quicker, or turn better you don't need it" type of guy.

If some people have painted their whole cars with it, how bad can an engine bay be? I do have a small touch up paint gun so I could shoot it with "normal" paint if I have to. I guess I'm looking at it as, if I can save ~$100 to have a body shop paint it, I can put that $100 into the engine.

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What ever floats your boat. If you don't care do it. Rat Rods have a following too. I personally think the engine bay should be the same as the body paint. But if you keep the hood down , what the hell. Why are you painting it in the first place if you don't care about the quality of the paint job?

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The car is red now and there is some rust thats need to be cut out. I don't want a white car with a red engine bay. I can't stand rat rods! I got to thinking about this last night and I think I may go with paint gun. That way I can "test" colors. I want to do something to the white to make it stand out a bit. (pearl, met, candy, etc.)

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Nothing wrong with a Rustoleum paint job. It is a good way for someone to trade off their sweat equity for cheap paint that looks respectable enough for a daily driver. Under the hood or any areas that were rust repaired, can be coated by whatever means you have, spray or brush, to protect from further rust damage. You don't need a lot of skills or equipment to get surprizingly good results. Paint is like most everything else..."you get what you pay for"...but this allows the average guy with limited abilities (skill, equipment, facilities & cash) to better their car, save it from rusting further and put the money available into making the car safe & reliable. Go for it, post pics!

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I have mine painted with the textured Rustoleum. The benefit is that whenever you get scratched, brake/clutch fluid leaks, etc., it is very easy to dress the area back up. Not to mention that the black hides dirt and grime very well.

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Hi,

I was planning on painting using rustoleum however I am not sure which one I could use? I still have the old paint on the car which I was going to sand down but not to the bare metal.

Is the Rustoleum Protective Enamel the one to use . ? or is there another rustoleum paint I should be goiong with. ? Thanks.

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I don't have a problem with Rustoleum. It's just an industrial enamel. But I wouldn't use a rattle can. They can be too inconsistent when you have to spray at diferent angles. You can buy Rustoleum in 1/2 pint, quart, and gallon cans and use a touch up or regular spary gun.

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Spray cans are fine if you take your time. My entire suspension system and engine bay were rattle-canned. My IMSA spoiler and stripe down the center of the car are Duplicolor's engine paint from a rattle can. It's all about preparation.

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....and if you did NOT have a compressor or HLVP gun? I have neither, so I do what I can with what I have.

I see that the PO has a gun, so the argument of HLVP or spray can is moot. He is simply asking about the Rustoleum product.

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Can I use rustoleum Protective Enamel over old paint? OR should I apply the Automotive Primer spray first? I have attached the enamel and primer in question.

I wanted to paint the engine bay as well as the body but there is still the old paint. Can I just sand a little of the old paint and apply the primer and enamel or do I have to strip to bare metal?

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My engine bay is stripped of everything but the engine. No crane! I need some metal work to be done before I can even think about painting. The lower shock towers need to be cut out and patches welded in. Then the battery tray. This is why rust removal is just like cancer surgery. I had a small hole that I thought could be fixed from the outside. It turns out that by the time it was cut completely out, you can stick your fist through it! I cut my batter tray out to reveal heavy scale under the tray. Had I not removed the tray, I would have never been able to get to that rust.

As of now, I'm going to give it a shot with the paint gun. White paint is dirt cheap. I've got reducer an all the other things I need from a previous job. The rustoleum is going to be a last resort.

First I need to find an engine crane......

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Harbour Freight-------

$150.00 in the latest flier

Chain hoist or block and tackle and an accommodatingly stout tree limb if you are ol' skool---ROFL

Jim D.

"Zup" :bunny:

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Can I use rustoleum Protective Enamel over old paint? OR should I apply the Automotive Primer spray first? I have attached the enamel and primer in question.

I wanted to paint the engine bay as well as the body but there is still the old paint. Can I just sand a little of the old paint and apply the primer and enamel or do I have to strip to bare metal?

You do not have to strip to bare metal, but you do have to sand the surface a little bit to provide good adhesion. The primer is basically an adhesive component for the enamel. I did not use primer in my engine bay, but I did use it on my suspension pieces.

The tranny tunnel was painted with POR15 and POR's Chassis Coat.

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bkelly, go for it. are you going to pull the motor out? it's a lot easier if you do. check my post 'engine bay refresh...on a budget', in the 'body and paint' section. all done and said i'll be damned if anyone could tell a difference weather a shop did mine, or doing it myself with rattle cans.

do your prep correctly, follow the directions on the product your going to use, and use LOTS of wax and grease remover prior to painting. also, top off your color coat with clear coat to give it a good shine.

good luck.

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Can't high-quality spray guns & compressors be rented at Homeless Depot or other similar places- or even equipment rental places? For $35 or $50, I bet you could do a better job in the engine bay, and also get a few things painted around the house while you've got it out. .02

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You can buy cheap, what I call "primer guns" for ~$45. One of my friends wrecked two of her cars so I wound up using it to actually paint. It turned out really good! I've also got a little touch up gun, which is like a mini paint gun. It's good for getting into tight places.

There's no way I'm spending $150 for a giant piece of equipment I'm going to use once, which is the problem with engine cranes. Luckily I live in a red neck town so engine cranes are all over! It should only cost me a case of Old Mil'.

BTW, that black engine bay looks great!

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bkelly, I am assuming you mean mine (engine bay). Thanks. :) It was done with a rattle can, as were the suspension pieces also pictured.

Tip about engine hoists - CRAIGSLIST. A lot of people buy them new, use them once, and then sell them. I picked up a HF 2-ton hoist used only once for $60. I can easily get that money back, but I am holding onto it as I have found a need for it once in a while.

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