Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Winston Salem, NC
Here's what I did when I pulled and repainted the engine in my 67:
I put the engine on an engine stand. I had old valve covers and an old timing cover, so I put them on. I stuffed all holes with paper towels, then I put a light coat of engine oil on all external gasket mating surfaces (exhaust flanges, water pump flanges, fuel pump flange). I made a cover for the lifter valley and intake ports out of cardboard and taped it on. I then took a wire brush on a drill to it and went to town. It didn't take too much work to get the paint off. I then sprayed and wiped down the entire engine with brake cleaner several times to remove grease and any paint that wasn't bonded well to the engine block. Then I spray painted it. The paint will stick to the oil on the gasket surfaces instead of the metal and will then cleanly peel off the oiled surfaces.
The paint on my engine was in horrible shape - it was flaking, peeling, etc. and this worked like a charm.....paint still looks good 2 years later, and I drive the car everyday.
-1967 Camaro SS350