So I removed my valve covers and upper and middle intake off my 87 GT yesterday because the paint was chipping off and looked like crap. The car is school bus yellow (literally), so I am debating what color to paint everything. I am also painting the air filter canister and brake calipers (currently red) the same color. So the question is do I paint them red (Chrysler Red I believe is the closest) or yellow or a different color? Also, I am wondering if I can use the same paint that is on the car on these parts, would it withstand the heat? Any pictures of color-matched intakes and valve covers would be appreciated.
Posts: 2573 From: Chicago, IL Registered: Oct 2009
I painted my calipers and intake cover black on my black formula. I think black would pop a little with the yellow. Yellow and red is a bit McDonaldsish for me. Here's a pic or two of my calipers in here. http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/081575.html
Nice ride btw!
Tony Kania Member
Posts: 20794 From: The Inland Northwest Registered: Dec 2008
It is just barely off from the factory color but it is as close as you can get if you paint the intake and VC the color is close enought no one will notice they are painted. Many of the people I know that have used this have had great results. In fact many of them have had pictures of their engines posted here and no one noticed a thing. I think this color would satisfy 99% of those here.
Well, I have one of the valve covers finished, with the other valve cover and intake half way done. First I put a few layers of glossy black engine paint On the tops of the valve covers and intake, to cover the raised parts. Then, I taped off the raised parts on the front valve cover and painted the whole cover in silver engine paint. It looks decent and I really like the color combo, but it's not perfect. Any suggestions for getting precise tape lines on the narrow raised parts and Fiero lettering?
Jan 16th, 2011
Posts: 5234 From: wichita, Ks Registered: Oct 2001
I have discovered the perfect match color for the valve covers and intake in powdercoat. I will strip and recoat the 3 pieces for $150+ shipping. After they are coated, I sand the raised sections to bring them back to the original look. I can finish there or clearcoat the pieces over the sanded areas to protect that from corrosion and give the red a more glossy appearance for an extra $50. PM me for details if you are interested.