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Old 08-05-2006, 06:22 PM   #1
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Default DIY: Painting then shaving a Valve cover

You never want to paint over a dirty valve cover, so before getting started I recommend putting it in a solvent tank then sand/bead blasting if you can, if not, just clean the valve cover with some sort of degreaser.

Tools Needed:
Sand paper 100 grit
Sand paper 220 grit
small pipe or block of wood (At least 1 inch wide)
Painters tape
Scissors
Paint

Step 1: Make sure your Valve cover is clean



Step 2: Paint
Make sure the paint you are using is a high temperature paint, the last thing you want is a sticky melted out valve cover paint due to heat. For this valve cover I used VHT High Temp Wrinkle paint.



Step 3: Begin painting the valve cover, remember we don't want any drips!! Keep the can as far away from the valve cover as possible. You do not want to do more then 3-4 coats because we want to make the shaving as easy as possible, wait 3-5 minutes between coats.

48 Hours Later.

Step 4: After the paint has dried Get your block of wood or pipe and wrap it around the 100 grit sand paper, make sure the block of wood or pipe is not touching anything but the BMW logo and lines that are on the sides of it. Start going in a vertical motion left and right to take off the paint on the logo. After fully taking off the paint on the things you want shaved, use the 220 grit sand paper in a vertical motion to smoothen it out.




Step 5: After taking off the paint, start taping up the BMW logo and whatever you have shaved off. The reason we are taping the BMW logo and re-painting the valve cover is to keep the valve cover as strong as possible and prevent the valve cover from peeling.




Step 6: Open up a beer and relax (or for you 21 or under kids a juicebox! like me ), you have 48 hours of waiting before you can touch this! That is if you are using VHT Wrinkle paint, it takes a while to dry. Let it dry outside in the sun, it helps wrinkle out faster and plays a major effect on the finished look.

After 48 hours and 2 juice boxes later..

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Old 08-05-2006, 07:00 PM   #2
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Nicely done!!!
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Old 08-05-2006, 07:10 PM   #3
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noice, that's exactly what I did.
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Old 08-05-2006, 11:40 PM   #4
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Nicely done =D> but you forgot to tape off the vent neck and oil filler, make sure you sand those areas down.
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Old 08-05-2006, 11:47 PM   #5
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Nicely done =D> but you forgot to tape off the vent neck and oil filler, make sure you sand those areas down.
Your right! Thanks for the lookout man..
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Nicely done =D> but you forgot to tape off the vent neck and oil filler, make sure you sand those areas down.
Your right! Thanks for the lookout man..
No problem, I did the same thing the first time I painted mine.
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Old 08-05-2006, 11:59 PM   #7
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Nicely done =D> but you forgot to tape off the vent neck and oil filler, make sure you sand those areas down.
Your right! Thanks for the lookout man..
No problem, I did the same thing the first time I painted mine.
Haha this is my second one too.. but the first one i rememberd to tape them off.. for some reason i don't now what I was thinking!
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Old 08-09-2006, 02:39 PM   #8
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On my first try I used regular semi flat black engine paint.

Where do they sell that VHT Wrinkle paint your used?
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Old 08-10-2006, 02:13 AM   #9
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yeah i like the wrinkly effect.

mine turned out to be too flat, but you can only tell it looking at the right angle.


if you have beat up lines and BMW logo, use a small block of hardwood and some "Stick-on" palm sander papers, it makes it much easier.
i used 60 grit to take it down flat, then 120 to smooth it, then the 220 to make it almost shine.
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Old 08-10-2006, 02:35 AM   #10
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I bought the paint from summit racing

http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

I duno if it uses cookies or what not.. but if that link doesn't work go to

www.summitracing.com and search for VHT Wrinkle Plus Coatings
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