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Dressing up the engine compartment [CUSTOM PAINT/SKULLS]

A somewhat writeup of how I done it all..

Dressing up the engine compartment [CUSTOM PAINT/SKULLS]

Postby justinturner92 [OP] » Sep 08 2011, 7:44am

This is my 2002 Chevy Silverado 1500; her name is Black Betty.

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It originally started out when I bought the first can of VHT Red Brake Caliper Paint.
(this is also right when I bought the 2007 Silverado LTZ wheels that are currently on my truck)

When I bought these wheels, I decided to paint the brake calipers red. This means extra horsepower :lol:

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So, I painted the brake calipers, and I still had some paint left over from the one can I purchased.

This is when I chose to paint the bowtie that same bright red (with a little twist)
The twist was... I had bought myself a stencil... a skull stencil (always liked the way skulls looked)

So I prepped the bowtie by sanding it with 200 grit, 1000 grit, 2000 grit,
and then wiping it off with a tach cloth.

Then I sprayed a light/medium first coat. Just to get a starting point.
About 10-15 minutes later (in the sun) I sprayed a heavy, but not too heavy, and final coat.

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After it dried, I then layed down my stencil and sprayed on
a thick coat of Rustoleum Protective Enamel Gloss Black.

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It looked (and STILL looks) pretty damn sharp!

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After a while, I had the urge to paint my engine cover... So, here we go.

I removed my engine cover, washed it off, and prepped it in no other way..
Using the same kind of Rustoleum Gloss Black paint, I sprayed one even coat over the engine cover.

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Then I taped up the vertical strips and the outter pieces of the Vortec symbol.
(i tried taping up the Vortec letters, but that didnt work.. so, i said to hell with it..)

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I then sprayed over it all with the brake caliper paint and then removed the tape.

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As it started getting a little darker,
I layed the stencil on each side of the engine cover
and sprayed the same as I did the bowtie, but also fading the outter edges.

Like I said, it was starting to get dark, so the following two pictures aren't too great..

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Now a couple pics of it installed..

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Along with the engine cover, I also painted the "Electrical Center" cover.

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One step further, I decided to paint the radiator cover (i think it's called?)
Here are a few pics of everything installed and lookin good under the hood.

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And a closeup of Vortec.

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Pretty soon, I will be painting a little bit more from under the hood. Stay tuned.

Any feedback will be great. Hope everyone likes this so called "writeup"
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Re: Dressing up the engine compartment [CUSTOM PAINT/SKULLS]

Postby CHEBBY » Sep 08 2011, 11:54am

Very nice writeup and an awesome job!
You have good DIY skills!

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Re: Dressing up the engine compartment [CUSTOM PAINT/SKULLS]

Postby 98 gmc 4x4 » Sep 08 2011, 12:15pm

WOW thats awsome i may have to try this on a extra bow tie i have laying around, that looks sick you did an awsome job!!!!
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Re: Dressing up the engine compartment [CUSTOM PAINT/SKULLS]

Postby 04SilverRdBlk » Sep 08 2011, 12:26pm

I love that front emblem! Wish I could do something with my gold one.
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Re: Dressing up the engine compartment [CUSTOM PAINT/SKULLS]

Postby EKinMN » Sep 08 2011, 12:34pm

You absolutely have a unique truck. Nice job!
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Re: Dressing up the engine compartment [CUSTOM PAINT/SKULLS]

Postby justinturner92 [OP] » Sep 08 2011, 2:00pm

98 gmc 4x4 wrote:WOW thats awsome i may have to try this on a extra bow tie i have laying around, that looks sick you did an awsome job!!!!


If you don't do any sanding to your bowtie, and all you do is clean it before you paint it,
then you dont have to worry about an extra bowtie.
I've found that gasoline will EASILY remove paint off my bowtie,
no matter HOW long the paint has been on there.
Just a little help incase you were considering it.

And do everyone else, I really do appreciate it.
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Re: Dressing up the engine compartment [CUSTOM PAINT/SKULLS]

Postby 98 gmc 4x4 » Sep 08 2011, 2:04pm

i have a gmc truck i have a bowtie emblem laying around here some where just paint it and put it on my tool box but thanks for the pointers.
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Re: Dressing up the engine compartment [CUSTOM PAINT/SKULLS]

Postby justinturner92 [OP] » Sep 09 2011, 12:40am

no problem man, anytime. I decided to hold up on the air intake cover and piece until probably saturday. BUT, it will be done no later than sunday night!
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Re: Dressing up the engine compartment [CUSTOM PAINT/SKULLS]

Postby Chasmanian » Sep 09 2011, 2:31am

Looks cool, good job
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Re: Dressing up the engine compartment [CUSTOM PAINT/SKULLS]

Postby LBZDMAX » Sep 09 2011, 3:17am

Def unique. Clean that damn engine and it'll really pop.
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