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Engine bay looking faded

Discussion in '360/430' started by wayne mello, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. wayne mello

    wayne mello Karting

    Dec 31, 2003
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    Sooo....has anyone taken the side panels and the firewall panel off and had them powercoated or painted?....mine are looking really faded....i'm afraid i'm i'm going to open a whole can of worms here.....i notice the side rails have water rails that are made out of rubber.....i'm wondering if i can remove everything easily and have it all powercoated....i know i'll lose all my factory stickers
     
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  3. Oengus

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    you could replace with carbon fibre
     
  4. wayne mello

    wayne mello Karting

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    yea for around $3000 maybe more for the entire compartment....i'm not big on carbon fiber anyways
     
  5. Oengus

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    me either........just an option

    I used WD-40 to clean mine
     
  6. SrfCity

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    Use Turtle Wax F21. It'll bring it back to looking new.
     
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  8. DMaury

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    I painted mine and cleared them. Tomorrow when the sun comes up and I clean it up I'll get some pics up. They came out real nice. Been meaning to update the thread I created on the whole tired 360 refresh. Been having too much fun driving the car since getting it back together.
     
  9. wayne mello

    wayne mello Karting

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    ok...please post some photos.....we it easy to take apart the side panels?....i've used ArmorAll in the past....it works fine....but when i was the car the water seeps thru the cooling vents on the rear hatch and messes up the shine.....i'm slowing freshing up the car.....i redid my radio panel buttons with http://www.stickynomore.com/ they look great....i had my seats redyed...they look great....just doing small things to bring the car back to life
     
  10. moorfan

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    I'm going to be doing the same in a few months. My panels look like ****e.
    high heat paint and primer ready to roll. Maury, did you use high heat clear?
    Pete
     
  11. DMaury

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    Yep, used a high heat clear; so far since mid December it's had 1500+ miles of heat and still looks perfect. Not quite stock, but keeps that slick wet look all the time. I cleared right over the emissions and ID stickers on the driver’s rear panel. Looks great and keeps them from peeling up at the edges.

    As far as removing them, simple as pie; just remove the Allen screws and they slide out. The only tricky ones are the ones in the top panel buffers (if your car is a spider) as you have to partially open and close the top to get to each screw (there are two in each buffer). I also replaced all the screws as they had some rust spots in the tips and they are cheap from Ricambi.

    And Wayne, I had Robbie do some of my interior parts as well; they looked great. :)

    Pics tomorrow if I can get back from the hospital in time before the Saints play.
     
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  13. wayne mello

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    i should just be able to have everything powercoated correct?....i know i'm going to have to do the airboxes and watertank also.......
     
  14. DMaury

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    Sure, if you don't care about losing the ID and emissions stickers on the panel. Those would have to come off to apply powder coating and to bake it. I also re-sprayed the air boxes and balance box.
     
  15. ttdang123

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    With the amount of heat in the eng. I think you are better off with ceramic coating than powder coating. That was what I found out when I was trying to powder coat my exhaust tips on my MB.
     
  16. Oengus

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    #13 Oengus, Jan 24, 2010
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    With WD-40
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  17. wayne mello

    wayne mello Karting

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    WD-40 smells and burns off....we use it on our gokarts....it attrachs dust and burns off our exhausts pretty quickly
     
  18. flipdowt

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    +1...wd-40... once a week, sprayed on a micro fiber cloth and a 3 min. wipe down will keep it looking like new
     
  19. Vasileios

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    I agree. WD-40 works very well. I have been doing this with all my engines.
     
  20. wayne mello

    wayne mello Karting

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    okay...i'll give it a try....doesn't it burn off when the engine heats up?
     
  21. Oengus

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    no, rub it like wax, dont use toooo much

    then buff with a microfibre towel
     
  22. Vasileios

    Vasileios Karting

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    Do as "Oengus" says. You will be fine.
     
  23. flipdowt

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    use like speed shine...keep wiping until dry and shiny
     
  24. DMaury

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    #21 DMaury, Jan 31, 2010
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