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I need to repaint the blue spark plug cover part due to oil stains, was thinking a rich metallic blue like our gauges would look nice, but not sure about temperature requirements, etc. Also, there is some silver stuff that I might like to touch up.

Anyone have a suggestion on the right kind of paint and correct blue and silver shades?

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You have to find paint that will stick to plastic while being heat resistant. Caliper paint seems to stick to plastic well and it is very heat resistant.
 

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Kelly, I found this product the other day when looking for something to wrap my winglets. It looks pretty close to the R Gauge Blue. I've been thinking of where to apply it and maybe the engine covers are the answer???

Look at the blue steel sample.
http://www.metrorestyling.com/PhotoDetails.asp?ShowDESC=N&ProductCode=SMPL1080BR

I know it's a vinyl wrap but if it can withstand the temps of sitting for hours in direct sunlight maybe it can withstand the under the hood temps??? Worth a shot, plus you could always remove it if you don't like it. I might try it if you don't.
 

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Kelly, I found this product the other day when looking for something to wrap my winglets. It looks pretty close to the R Gauge Blue. I've been thinking of where to apply it and maybe the engine covers are the answer???

Look at the blue steel sample.
http://www.metrorestyling.com/PhotoDetails.asp?ShowDESC=N&ProductCode=SMPL1080BR

I know it's a vinyl wrap but if it can withstand the temps of sitting for hours in direct sunlight maybe it can withstand the under the hood temps??? Worth a shot, plus you could always remove it if you don't like it. I might try it if you don't.
That looks cool. The temperature range is up to 225 F
 

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That looks cool. The temperature range is up to 225 F
Right! I wish I had ordered a sample of it when I ordered some others from them. I've got a few pretty cool ideas now that this thread has got me thinking about the possibilities :D I need to see it in person though.
 

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Kelly,
Here's a color I used for my XC's cover:

Rust-Oleum - #7251 Cobalt Blue Metallic. I picked up a can at Home Depot. I used a Duplicolor wheel paint clear coat over the blue. A little wet sanding and then polish helped get it fairly smooth. It will "bake" and you will smell it the first time it gets up to temperature - 100mi or so on it. I have since recoated with a Nautic Blue color.









Nautic Blue (paintscratch.com supplied the color):
 

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yeah, I want to do the Volvo in silver but don't have the right material to cut a good mask, but that is on the list. I also need to pickup some new x-acto blades!

Having the logo in a vector line art format would help with silver vinyl or for cutting a mask.
 

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How about neon green? :D

<img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5036/6942700976_fd4b1e18c9_z.jpg">

When it stops raining and I have a day off I'll do the charge air pipe and all the rest.
 

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I have always liked Exterior color & engine paint match combo.. The Ti could look solid
I plan to do a set Silver to color match if I can find a spare set of pieces for cheap- Somehow I missed out on the $30 set in the FS section SMFH!
 

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yeah, I want to do the Volvo in silver but don't have the right material to cut a good mask, but that is on the list. I also need to pickup some new x-acto blades!

Having the logo in a vector line art format would help with silver vinyl or for cutting a mask.
This may sound kinda stupid but couldn't you just spray some paint into a jar and then hand paint the letters?, that would save you the time of masking? =)
 

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Chris, that blue looks really nice.

Kelly, If you did that, I'd maybe also seek out putting a candy clear coat on it. I did some candy clear coat on the top covers because it gave me the chance to polish it with sand paper of the upper charge pipe rubbed too much into it.

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This may sound kinda stupid but couldn't you just spray some paint into a jar and then hand paint the letters?, that would save you the time of masking? =)
Yes, that's definitely an option but I've never had good luck with a brush and hiding brush strokes for a smooth finish. I'm more comfortable with an airbrush or rattle can. Someone with a steady hand and a brush can probably put down silver and make it look great, just not me. :)
 

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Can that can of Rust-Oleum metallic be used on brake calipers?
 

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Can that can of Rust-Oleum metallic be used on brake calipers?
I don't see why not with the right prep. The engine bay see's more heat then the calipers do daily and if it holds up under the hood on plastic they should hold up fine on metal.
 

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Can that can of Rust-Oleum metallic be used on brake calipers?
I don't see why not with the right prep. The engine bay see's more heat then the calipers do daily and if it holds up under the hood on plastic they should hold up fine on metal.
I wouldn't use this on the calipers. There's a reason why caliper paint is rated to 500f, because during extreme braking scenarios the calipers will get close to that hot. The engine bay, while consistently hot is probably limited to a temperature much closer to whatever our coolant is running at (~200f?)

If you put this on the calipers I would expect some sort of color change after some hot braking periods. If you wanted to try it, I would make sure that you have some titanium heat shield installed to help prevent the heat from bleeding into the caliper, but with takspeed out of business, I'm not sure where you pick these up now?
 

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Go here --> LINKY and get any color you want made up.
 
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