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...?