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VALVE COVER REFURB: Step-by-step with pics

Discussion in 'XJ DIY How-To Instructions' started by bigfitz52, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. gitbox

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    I did a search for "valve cover" and "paint" and got this thread. Great write up.

    Fitz: what did you do to the bolt heads that typically look all corroded and discolored? I'm guessing you refurbished them to?
     
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    Or just buy new from Chacal ;-)
     
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    I hit my heads of these bolts up with the bench top wire weel to get em smooth, and then hit them up with chrome spray paint, its a real nice bright silver.

    though, this baked on engine paint that yamaha used does NOT want to come off, 3 times with aircraft remove, and still lots on it
     
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    nice right up and nicely finished product.

    but i would spend 10 min with a sand (if painting)/soda( if polishing) blaster and skip all the scrubbing and boiling.
     
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    Yeah, schooter, I'm having the same problem. I'm dumping a LOT of time into making this valve cover look pretty and it probably still won't look as nice as Fitz's.
     
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    Great great article. Even after 4 or 5 years it's still relevant.
     
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    I just took my cover off, so this is just the inspiration I need while I wait for valve clearance parts from Chacal! Considering the red treatment to better match my bike's scheme. Red between the ribs, flat black and polished ribs and YICS? I think yes!
     
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    I just finished mine and thought I'd share. Mine started out painted black, but in need of attention. I forgot to take a picture of the original state. I used some aircraft paint stripper, which was really nasty stuff. That's the worst part of the job, IMHO. Then, I cleaned it in mineral oil, followed by a cleanser and brush.
    Next, I wiped it down with acetone and shot it with flat-black engine paint. I painted the whole thing instead of masking off the ribs. It looked pretty good and considered stopping there, but decided to polish the ribs. I used 220, then 400, then 1500 grit to wet sand the ribs. I spent the most time with the 220 to get the right amount of reveal on the ribs and letters. The rest was just smoothing and I found the sheen after 1500 was perfectly fine for me. I had purchased some buffing wheels and grit, but decided not to risk taking off more paint with that. I masked off the ribs and shot some clear engine paint over that. I think the results aren't much different than what Fitz did.
    IMG_20160703_114211.jpg IMG_20160704_121552.jpg IMG_20160704_132129.jpg IMG_20160704_150356.jpg
     
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    Nice job!
     
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    I am unable to pull up the pics listed throughout your DIY process any ideas?
    They just cam e up my bad slow confuzzier
     
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    it is a nice touch I did it on a cover
     
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    Might just be a temporary server issue. The pics are loading for me.
     
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    Very nice job Sir, when I am done with mine I will upload so you can see that your information on How to's is being utilized.
    The best sort of Flattery
     
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    Great work Fritz I am going to do the same to my XJ 900f parts.
     
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    Did you use a clear coat? I have a can of 2k I haven't punctured yet. I'm about to make a small paint repair after a roommate knocked my fender off a shelf... :(
     
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    Fitz hasn't been around as an active member for years.
    What I can tell you is that if he used clear coat he would have mentioned that in the writeup. He's very thorough that way.

    FWIW a good enamel does not benefit from having clear applied over it.
     
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    True, but the 2K is some really good stuff, it won't hurt at all to use it...………..
     
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    Breathing apparatus required though, unless its ISO-Free.

    I only stress that becuse of how many people think that all paint is safe to spray while just wearing a simple filter mask.

    Lungs, human: issued 1 pair. To be used for the duration.
     
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    True, but the same applies to many spray paints. I always spray with a box fan blowing away from me, and the product to be coated is between me and the fan, so as I'm spraying towards the object (and the fan), most of the overspray is pulled away from my area.
     
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    I use a breathing apparatus every time! I'll definitely be using a fan as well.
    Good to know how thorough he is, but if it isn't needed and the paint will stay strong for years to come since it's a different type, then I'm ok with it! I would have to check to temp rating on the 2k as well, engine may be too hot.
    Mine is looking very ugly and I just happen to have some valve shim maintenance coming up :p
     
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