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    My 454 is done for my boat, I will be picking it up next week, it's assembled, but has not been painted. I know to screw sparkplugs in the holes and put some valve covers, intake and pan on it before painting, but my question is, if the motor has oil on it from assembly, what is the best way to clean it so the paint will stick good? I think I tried engine degreaser in the past and I think I ran into some problems. Would something like Simple Green be my best bet? Rather than that oily spray can degreaser stuff?

    Just want to make sure I prep it right before I paint it so it doesn't go flaking off on me soon.

    What engine paint would you use? What color would you paint it? Boat is white/purple/light blue/lavender (a real swanky combination), I got chrome basset OT headers. It's a Chevy so I am assuming everyone will say paint it orange, I don't have a problem with that, just asking what others think...?
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    Post a photo of your boat. Paint the motor one of the colors the hull is painted. Just my 2 cents.
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    I'd use aerosol brake cleaner to degrease the block. It evaporates without residue and won't hurt any of your expensive stuff....and it won't stick around like water based degreasers.
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    Be sure to use a good primer.
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    Here's a couple pics
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    Default wipe it with lacquer thinner

    Wipe it with lacquer thinner and spray or brush Rustolem paint, available at most hardware stores. You can also mix standard colors with each for custom colors. It sticks to the block and flows well. Pat
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    Quote Originally Posted by shimp View Post
    My 454 is done for my boat, I will be picking it up next week, it's assembled, but has not been painted. I know to screw sparkplugs in the holes and put some valve covers, intake and pan on it before painting, but my question is, if the motor has oil on it from assembly, what is the best way to clean it so the paint will stick good? I think I tried engine degreaser in the past and I think I ran into some problems. Would something like Simple Green be my best bet? Rather than that oily spray can degreaser stuff?

    Just want to make sure I prep it right before I paint it so it doesn't go flaking off on me soon.

    What engine paint would you use? What color would you paint it? Boat is white/purple/light blue/lavender (a real swanky combination), I got chrome basset OT headers. It's a Chevy so I am assuming everyone will say paint it orange, I don't have a problem with that, just asking what others think...?
    I've used brake cleaner to get the residue off... far as the color is concerned, paint it black & it'll go with everything.

    On the other hand, a friend of mine has a black & yellow boat with a 521 Ford painted Chevy orange. It looks fine in there...
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    I personally like gloss black krylon for blocks. I would never paint one orange, Chevy or not. I would stick to darker colors to hide any oil stains and also it makes the chrome and polished stand out more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moneysucker View Post
    I personally like gloss black krylon for blocks. I would never paint one orange, Chevy or not. I would stick to darker colors to hide any oil stains and also it makes the chrome and polished stand out more.

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    I agree on that, but I prefer the Rustoleum paints for most stuff. But for engines is Rustoleum gonna be okay with the engine heat? I don't think they make engine paint. I can spray it no prob, with a can, or a gun, I have two nice gravity feed paint guns that haven't seen much use, but when I did use them it worked great, but I have always just sprayed engines with rattle cans and they come out fine. I was more worried about the prep, cuz the last motor I did the paint peeled off, and I am sure it was from oil, as it was not a new build but an old motor that was cleaned and repainted, just wondered what the best stuff was to clean it before painting it.

    I think black might be what I'll do, Nothing else is orange so I don't know about orange, and while Purple might work, I am not sure if I am comfortable with a purple BBC? Kinda weird... LOL... So likely it will end up black, like the pump.
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    Krylon appliance epoxy, black. I am sort of partial to black
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    IMO, I would not paint it Chevy orange it would stand out bad! Black is bad azz! And it does help on heat disapation! WT


    Fleet, I know you like black but where do you touch your boat when it's in the sun? Around here you would burn your hand! It is a slick black boat!

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    GO PURPLE I use laquer thinner and regular automotive paint
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    Quote Originally Posted by shimp View Post
    I agree on that, but I prefer the Rustoleum paints for most stuff. But for engines is Rustoleum gonna be okay with the engine heat? I don't think they make engine paint.
    Not sure if Rustoleum makes an "engine" paint, but they do make a "high heat" paint... Not sure what the exact difference would be.
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    clean the engine throughly with lacquer thinner then rinse with acetone to remove film. prime and paint. check out your local auto supply for the heat and oil resistant engine paints, if properly cleaned and primed they will really stick.
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