Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Whitehouse, Texas, USA
I just finished painting my engine compartment during restoration, and had fantastic results with spray cans. Krylon, and Plasticoat brands are excellent for this, and have a good selection of the correct looking colors. (I personaly like plasticoat the best). Semi-flat black is a very close factory color match for the firewall, inner fenders, etc. Low-gloss black engine paint, (500 degree), has just a bit more gloss, and I used it to paint the heater box, horns, engine fan and pulleys. Used gloss black on the wiper motor. Turned out nice. Years ago, I used Chevy reconditioning paint, but can't get it anymore in spray cans. I think you can still get it for spray gun use in a gallon container maybe. I also used rebuilder gray spray on the hood hinges and hood latch with very good results. The key to really making it look nice is to be sure the metal parts are clean and smooth. If you have paint buildup from previous spray jobs like I did, you will probably want to sand or strip the old paint off, and get down to the metal, since any flaws will really show up under the black paint. One other tip. The more parts you can take off and disassemble the better.
Hope this all helps.
[This message has been edited by Peace69Z/28 (edited 03-13-2000).]