Any tips on detailing an engine to the point of clean and paint without removing the engine? Want to change engine color on my 57 to Chevrolet Orange. Engine is not really greasy or oily just aged and dusty/dirty from sitting an extended time. Now that the paint and body is done and new full interior is in the process want to clean up the engine. Not B/J show but nice for a driver/local car show look. Will remove the headers and have them bead blasted and then VHT Hi-heat Header White. Bought a pint of KBS ''Motor Coater'' Chevrolet Orange enamel and plan to mask best I can and paint with 1/2'' brush or similar. Tips on cleaning and prep for paint and thoughts about actual paint process are appreciated.
During the winter months I did a little rattle can detailing. This was done inside the garage. Usually not a good idea do to inhalation, mist overspray, fire potential. What mitigated these problems was setting up my shop vac. outside and keeping the suction tool in the area being painted while being very judicious with the spray. I had some concern the fumes might be ignited by the vacs motor, that was another reason for putting it outside. Hose may need to be extended, you can find them cheap at thrift stores. I would do it again even if outside as it prevents the mist overspray.
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Last edited by copymutt; 03-10-2020 at 09:59 PM..
If the car is running/driving take it to a car wash with some crummy work clothes on, then give the engine compartment and engine a good blasting with the high pressure wash. I've done that many times in the past. Then after getting back home, I let it cool all the way down. After that I take a cloth doused with lacquer thinner and hit every spot on the engine I could , then started masking and spraying away on it.
Thanks for the replies and the tips for the detailing. Gives me some thoughts as to best way to go about the operation. Will be taking the car in for the interior soon. When get it back home in my ship will be taking on the engine compartment detailing.
Lysol and a brush using a power washer will get you a squeaky clean surface to paint. Road grime gets in all the small pockets and crevasse. Working with Lysol dissolves the grease/grime using the small paint brush (real horse hair from harbor freight). Prepsol before paint too.
I go over my cars as a maintenance with Lysol and small paint brush to keep looking new fresh. Power wash rinse and compressor air dry. Repolish all the chrome and detail spray and wipe the rest.
You need good prep to get results that look good and last. I would think you will need to remove a lot of parts off the engine and around it to achieve acceptable results. A lot of masking off and covering things not wanted paint on is essential.
Good luck, removal is best but your attempt in place engine can achieve some what good results if you spend the time and effort doing the up front work.