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Engine painting...

I've looked at a lot of pictures of Porsche engines lately in an effort to see how I might want mine to look one day. Personally I think mine would look better painted but I'm unsure of the affect on the cooling. Is heat dissipation measurably affected by painting the engine? Anyone have any data points on this? Thanks.
Old 11-14-2007, 01:37 PM
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Oil & fuel ruins a painted engine. It's a no-do.
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Oil & fuel ruins a painted engine. It's a no-do.

Not really true. I powder coated my parts(valve covers, fan,chain covers, etc ) They have held up very very well. Just be careful not to get it internally


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When I heard 'paint engine' - to me it meant paint the engine, all of it.
Plus I've seen too many painted Porsche engine components lloking like crap after a year or so.
My opinion.
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I suspected that I'd get differing opinions. I just think that the engine appearance should reflect the stature of the car. I know that there's not a lot of visibilty when you open the lid, but still, some well planned and placed paint could enhance the visual appeal. Here's a picture of my other baby. (Sorry to desecrate the Porsche forum)



And Craig, what makes you think my engine is going to leak fuel and oil???????

mb911 - nice looking engine.
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Yeah, 911/930 engines aren't known for leaking oil over time. Not at all -

And those Turbo engines run nice and cool and are easy on the paint -
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Personally, my ode to spiffness was a CF engine shroud to replace the ratty shroud - they all look horrid and don't normally accept and hold paint that well.

What I did:





Plain finish, still looks the same a year later:
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I don't think you would find anyone serious about performance, painting an air cooled engine, much less a turbo motor. A show car is another story.
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That looks nice. But my engine has had oil leaks in the past that have baked on the aluminum and it looks like crap. I would like to clean it up somehow and thought about paint. If mine were as clean as yours, I wouldn't be wondering about painting it.

Besides, this is supposed to be an exotic car, isn't it. It deserves an eye-catching engine. That's the only complaint I would have about this car. It's engine just doesn't show well in the car.

I'm not a race or track guy. My car will only see limited street driving. I get the most enjoyment out of working on it and just looking at it.
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Personally, my ode to spiffness was a CF engine shroud to replace the ratty shroud....

Wow - now that looks nice.
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Thanks Don, that's what I was really wondering. I don't want to do anything to negatively affect the performance of the engine.
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Doug -

Nice Hemi. What car?
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Did Eric ever get that beast on the road?

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Yipes. I guess I missed that episode of "Pimp My Engine"

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Don't know if Eric ever got that bad boy going. I would assume so by now.

The yellow engine belongs to Mark Hargett and is based on a 3.0L SC engine. The first "version" was supercharged and is just as beautiful.
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