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Old 06-25-2019, 05:13 AM   #1
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Powder Coated Engine Bay

I'm wrapping up a fairly significant, "maintenance" oriented job on my new-to-me '05 GTO. Heads were off for lifter replacement, new OEM parts all over the place like the timing set, cam (that's right, stock LS2 OEM cam...), gaskets, water pump, as well as some aftermarket stuff like PAC springs, trunnion upgrate, Melling oil pump and a full exhaust.

While it was apart, I powder coated the VCs, intake and fuel rail. I really enjoy powder coating the nylon intakes on LS motors because I could never get paint this good, so it's like a vendetta against the plastic look. Anyway, it's red chrome fade to black, all under clear. Enjoy!
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Old 06-25-2019, 06:50 AM   #2
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Wow, that looks good.

I gotta ask though:
Why a new OEM cam if you've gone to the trouble of all that other work?
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:09 AM   #3
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Wow, that looks good.

I gotta ask though:
Why a new OEM cam if you've gone to the trouble of all that other work?

Thanks! I went with a stock cam because this is meant to be a DD. I've had cammed cars and trucks in the past, and I've never had them drive like stock. With this thing on a budget, I could have found a cam that would work with the stock converter, but I just don't need it. I don't race nearly at all, but I intend to drive it every day when it's done. Plus, a stock LS2 cam can be had brand new for $200. Cheap insurance when I found 6 of the 16 lifters were "collapsed"... the lobes on the original cam had a little more wear than I'd like to have seen.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:25 AM   #4
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I like the faded look of the paint. It's just too bad that the paint on the VC's is covered by the coil packs.

What kind of paint(s) did you use on the intake?
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:48 AM   #5
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Also, how do you guys achieve that clear finish, whenever I use clear coat, I never get that shine! (Clear Coat from a spray can, and I've only ever used different varieties of 1k).
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Old 06-25-2019, 11:14 AM   #6
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I get the shine by using powder coat, not paint lol! It's red chrome from powderbuythepound.com and PPG satin black from eBay. Clear is Thepowdercoatstore.com high gloss clear, cures at 350DGF.
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I don't usually like the "custom" look in an engine bay but you've done such a quality job on it I have to say it looks great! Looks to be a PBM car you have as well so I'm sure the color really pops.
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I'm wrapping up a fairly significant, "maintenance" oriented job on my new-to-me '05 GTO. Heads were off for lifter replacement, new OEM parts all over the place like the timing set, cam (that's right, stock LS2 OEM cam...), gaskets, water pump, as well as some aftermarket stuff like PAC springs, trunnion upgrate, Melling oil pump and a full exhaust.



While it was apart, I powder coated the VCs, intake and fuel rail. I really enjoy powder coating the nylon intakes on LS motors because I could never get paint this good, so it's like a vendetta against the plastic look. Anyway, it's red chrome fade to black, all under clear. Enjoy!

That looks so nice good job

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Old 06-25-2019, 05:27 PM   #9
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Looks amazing, it kinda looks like the front of the engine is red hot and cools off towards the back.
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That looks really nice I didnt know you could powdercoat plastic or nylon
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Thanks, guys!

You can powder coat plastic, it's hot flocked since you can't conduct a ground. Nylon used for GM intake manifolds will withstand the temps required for cure, but not all under hood plastics will. I learned that the hard way on a spare intake lid for my SS!
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Old 07-08-2019, 04:08 AM   #12
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All back together and running.

Future upgrades will be powder coated Brembos, electron blue pearl.
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Thanks, guys!

You can powder coat plastic, it's hot flocked since you can't conduct a ground. Nylon used for GM intake manifolds will withstand the temps required for cure, but not all under hood plastics will. I learned that the hard way on a spare intake lid for my SS!

So basically you heat the intake up hot enough to start melting the powder, so it will stick...then cure it so it will flow out?
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Old 07-08-2019, 05:56 AM   #14
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So basically you heat the intake up hot enough to start melting the powder, so it will stick...then cure it so it will flow out?

Yep, that's it. I generally hot flock all clear coats, as my gun isn't good enough to consistently apply clear over an already coated part.
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Yep, that's it. I generally hot flock all clear coats, as my gun isn't good enough to consistently apply clear over an already coated part.

Next time you are in an experimenting mood, scuff up the base color with a scotch brite pad and then shoot your clear on to it (you still use the static charge too). I also use this when I pc thin aluminum wheels, I always do two coats of powder because one seems to flake too easily (on thin 4 wheeler wheels).
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Next time you are in an experimenting mood, scuff up the base color with a scotch brite pad and then shoot your clear on to it (you still use the static charge too). I also use this when I pc thin aluminum wheels, I always do two coats of powder because one seems to flake too easily (on thin 4 wheeler wheels).

Hmm, I may try that, thanks for the tip! We have a couple guys here who powder, and we're trying new things all the time. I'll pass that along to them as well.
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Nice. Powder coating my brembos in on my to do list. Just need to take them off the car and prep them lol
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Nice. Powder coating my brembos in on my to do list. Just need to take them off the car and prep them lol


What gun do you have? I have the Eastwood dual voltage. I leave it on high for pretty much everything. Itís leaps and bounds better than the harbor freight gun. Sprays much much better.
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Same gun. Eastwood. I did valve covers , pulleys, exhaust tips, susspension parts with it. No issues
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Nice! Eastwood Dual Voltage gun owners club forming right here! I just bought another to replace my original one, which was 3 years old and came apart in the middle of doing a friend's strut tower brace. Fortunately we had a back up Eastwood dual voltage gun, so we switched powders and finished up. I ordered and received the shop's third one lol!

Superchargedgp, that looks awesome!

What are y'all using for lint-free rags for prep? I had an old bed sheet that generated low lint, but it's just about toast. I wash with acetone, but that eats up a microfiber cloth, leaving lint behind. So what are y'all using?
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Old cotton t shirt. Then spray sprayprep last and let it air dry
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i usually dont wipe it and when i do i just use acetone or brake cleaner and paper towels. I usually hose off with brake cleaner and hit it with compressed air.
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