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the cracking paint on my engine cover makes my gsr look like crap. I dont really wanna repaint it, because when i see other guys paint it, it looks cheap. So i just want to strip the paint.

Anyone have any products that best does the job? I prefer to keep the valve cover on while doing this
 

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You should pull the cover off if you use a stripper.

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Painting it looks cheap if you do a crummy Job, I have seen just as many cheap looking paint jobs, as nice ones. Just my two cents, good luck with what you decide.
 

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Yea, DEFINITELY take the valve cover off while doing this. You could either use aircraft stripper from your local auto parts store and a pressure washer or get it sandblasted, those would be the quickest ways.
Also, why not get it powdercoated? You can get any color you want and don't have to worry about chipping...just a thought. Powdercoating usually only runs like 40-60 bucks for a valve cover too, it's worth it imo.
 

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Dominick331 on Feb/05/06 said:
Painting it looks cheap if you do a crummy Job, I have seen just as many cheap looking paint jobs, as nice ones. Just my two cents, good luck with what you decide.
I agree. Paintwork is at least 1/2 prep. You should definately take the cover off, and make sure to strip off ALL of the paint. And I would definately paint it, even if you just use silver wheel paint! (FWIW, someone around here did his with Duplicolor gunmetal wheel paint, and I think it looks SICK! I'll look for the link...)

My friend stripped and hand polished his Civic's cover, but didn't apply any clearcoat, or sealer, or anything, and while it looked good for a few weeks, it eventually discolored (from heat cycling?) and stained (from harsh underhood chemicals.) He re-polished it, and when the same thing happened again, he regretted ever stripping the still perfect paint from his '01 cover.

He has since painted it black, but it's much smoother and glossier than OEM, so he still hates it... (I don't think it looks horrible, just a little odd being black. Who paints their black cover black? *L*)
 
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