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Need opinions on detailing my engine on the 512TR.

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  1. silvergts1998

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    #1 silvergts1998, Oct 8, 2007
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    I am not a huge fan of the silver crinkle finish that they use on the intake and other parts of the car. Lamborghini does the exact same thing. So I am thinking of having the following powder coated in a bright red. Valve covers, intake plenum and air boxes. I did this with my Lamborghini and I think it made a huge difference! What you think?
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  3. WILLIAM H

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    I had my air boxes painted by JetHot w their heat reflective paint, will do the same on the intake plenum as well. It looks very cool, comes in several colors + it increases performance by cooling the intake air
     
  4. gabriel

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    Did you have to replace the valve cover gaskets or are they reusable?
     
  5. silvergts1998

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    That's pretty nice steve. Did your engine get real hot or something? Looks like it burned that paint right off. Did you do your own engine pull too?
     
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  7. steve f

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    had to renew the gaskets
     
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    the salt we get on the roads on the uk cause this plus it had seven years and 30k road miles of crap on it when i bought it porsche strasse leeds england pulled the engine and did the work here in the uk
     
  9. WDR328

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    Steve what did you do to the plenum runners to get them that bright?
     
  10. steve f

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    painted them
     
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  12. gabriel

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    What color did you use? They look pretty good. Is it a match to the original color, or is it an off the shelf item?
     
  13. carguy

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    You should be able to find an off-the-shelf match to the factory silver/gray plenum and runners. I took a plenum from my TR up to the local Napa store and just browsed their paint supply until I found one that matched - don't remember what it was of course. You just "fog" on a coat over the factory crinkle paint, you don't want to use too much paint and fill in the texture - I've made that mistake in the past and it sucks to fix it.
     
  14. WILLIAM H

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    Adam, heres a cheap hp trick, since you will have the engine out.

    Reach into area over wheel wells & remove the flat 4 ' long plastic trumpets that bring fresh air in from doors. If you wrap these in heat reflective blanket material its good for a few extra hp and no one ever sees those anyways unless you are removing the engine
     
  15. Jackmb1

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    It looks great Steve. How long did it take to do?
     
  16. RED 4RE

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    My .02...

    A bright red powder coating would look great on your TR IF you balance out the red in the back of the engine bay (intake plenums & valve covers) with red in the front of the engine bay (air boxes) but I would be sure to:

    a) have any raised lettering or logos on these components powder coated in a diff. color such as a black or silver krinkle color (for contrast) and

    b) use a true powder coating process (electrostatic + heat)...

    When i first got my Testarossa I did what stevef did with his off the shelf paint (not knocking what he did as it looks very nice) but after about 6 months the paint started flaking off my valve covers (especially when i pressured washed the engine bay even with a cold engine) and we all know that changing this cars valve cover's is a real b*tch (both costly and time consuming)..... perhaps i used the wrong kind of heat resistant paint - who knows, but since having these parts powder coated, i have'nt had this problem AT ALL. Biggest plus's with powder coating for me are that it looks great; is not affected by engine temp, (so is very durable) and completely repels oil, grease and brake fluid!

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