Cam cover, spark plug cover and plenum refurbishing

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  1. 11 Jan 2019 at 9:38 AM #1
    M3 Matt

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    Hi all

    I saw that member FMHReader refurbished a few covers a few years back; 2013 I think?

    I am looking to get mine back to OEM and looking for recommendations. I have tried the crackle paint, but not keen on the finish.

    Unfortunately, FHMReader hasn't responded to my IM and I don't think he is active on the forum anymore.

    Thanks
     
  2. 11 Jan 2019 at 9:06 PM #2
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    I'm keen to know too
     
  3. 11 Jan 2019 at 10:28 PM #3
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    I did mine myself, and it was quite satisfying to do. Just make sure you strip it right down. I used nitromours and a wire brush on a drill and also sandpaper.
    Used VHT wrinke black paint, and it came out a treat.
     
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  4. 11 Jan 2019 at 10:35 PM #4
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    That’s a cracking job fella
     
  5. 12 Jan 2019 at 12:24 AM #5
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    i dont think its a paint finish really, more the finish of he metal under the paint showing through a satin.

    If you sand blast the cover and paint with regular satin i think it will be more of less indistinguishable
     
  6. 12 Jan 2019 at 9:09 AM #6
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  7. 12 Jan 2019 at 9:33 PM #7
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    I do think it’s the paint, not the matal surface.

    Then a normal spraypaint in any black should get you the factory finish.
     
  8. 21 Jan 2019 at 12:04 PM #8
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    Had mine powder coated

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  9. 21 Jan 2019 at 1:39 PM #9
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    I like the look of that.
     
  10. 21 Jan 2019 at 11:40 PM #10
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    Yep, that looks great.
     
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    Looks spot on. Good match with the black plastic bits too.
     
  12. 22 Jan 2019 at 9:30 AM #12
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    When i was at the powdercoaters they showed me some wrinkle finishes and it wasnt really OEM, the slight raised finish is just from the surface of the metal and the finish was just powdercoat in matt black
     
  13. 22 Jan 2019 at 12:41 PM #13
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    That's interesting and good to know, thanks. :thumbsup:

    Did you mask off the raised bits (lettering & stripes) or skim them down afterwards?
     
  14. 22 Jan 2019 at 1:42 PM #14
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    they were powdercoated over and the powdercoaters even sanded them down afterwards
     

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