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I'm thinking I should do something with the V-covers when I pull them for the cams.
Seeing how these covers dont have a very good finish, regular heat paint
may not give the finish I'm seeking, considering the effort required to prep for paint.
Rust-Oleum makes a paint called Hammered, someone else makes a Hamerite?
Anyway I'm sure either one of these would leave a nice finish on our not so finished covers.
The thing is I cant find how much heat either one of these paints will handle?
I did try to check how hot the covers get with a Hi-Temp heat gun.....
Best I came up with was 160 degree near the heads, but I would think much hotter?
I can get a dark charcoal color similar to our wheels.
Cams will be installed in a day or 2 so I need paint fast!
Anyone else paint their covers with good results or have a clue about the heat range
of the Hammered type of paints?
Thanks, Gene
 

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I know some guys have powdercoated their valve covers with good results. Unfortunately the price of powdercoating is about the same as buying the Ford Racing valve covers. But it may be the only option if you want a dark charcoal color, because the Ford Racing valve covers are only available in black, blue, red, and chrome.

Sorry, don't know if a low-buck approach will work.
 

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I have used Rustoleum’s Hammered finish paints before for the same reasons you have and it has worked out well.

I can’t attest to its ability to withstand heat, but I can tell you I used it for my wheel spacers last year and the finish is still fine.

I say go for it and take a chance. What is the worst that can happen? You blow a few bucks on paint and have to change them out later.

IMO, nothing ventured, nothing gained ;)
 

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I hear ya Big Daddy, I'll most likely pull them off tomorrow.
I also came up with this Genius idea of putting them in the
dish washer to clean them, just another surprise for the wife.
From what I have read the Hammered paint should hold up fine?
So after 2-3 cycles in the dish washer I'll give them a shot of heat primer
along with the Hammered paint.
If it dont last, I do have a sandblaster ;)
 

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what will the sand do to the dishwasher??
 
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