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I thought it would be nice to share my adventure I have had over the last couple days. Over the weekend I went to the junkyard as I do about once or twice a month and I was lucky to find a Mark VIII. Specifically a 98 because I had been looking for the C.O.P. valve covers to do my conversion. I opened the hood and to my dismay someone had taken the engine :mad:. I looked down into the empty engine bay though to find on the ground the pair of valve covers I wanted. Naturally I purchased them and I wanted to clean them up and paint them.

These days I have been noticing that people have been going away from the smooth painted valve covers to what appeared to have the same lining as they put it truck beds to keep them from getting scratched. Things like Rhino-Lining or Line-X. Come to find out its a paint you can buy at your local auto parts store. So I decided to give it a try and I must say I think they came out pretty good.

I thought that maybe some of you guys/gals might be interested in doing it yourself so I figured I'd do a small write up on it.

There is what you need:
- VHT Wrinkle Plus paint. 1 can is just enough to do both valve covers with the amount of wrinkle I wanted. If you want more I suggest purchasing another can.
- Your choice of high temperature paint. I chose Light Ford Blue engine enamel from VHT because I wanted that Ford GT valve cover look. 1 can is way more than enough.
- Degreaser of your choice. I went with Super Clean because AutoZone had it on sale, buy 1 get one free. I used a bottle and a half to get mine clean enough.
- Brake Cleaner.
- Optional: Sanding paper. I did very little sanding because the purpose of this paint is to be uneven and rough. I only did it to make sure the surface was free of dirt and grease. I used 400 grit.
- Masking tape. Painters tape preferred.
- A razor blade.
- Goo Gone
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Step 1: Clean the Crap out of it.
The degreaser I used worked great! Spray it on the surface and be generous. The bottle says to not let it sit but I did. It will harm the paint thats on there if you let it sit too long but we don't care about that because we are painting it after all. Also cleaned the inside of the valve cover. Makes it look brand new!! :D

Step 2: Strip It Down and Mask It Off.
If you noticed on mine it has all the original Ford OEM factory valve cover stickers on there. These look horrible so be sure to remove them. This honestly feels like the longest part. The stickers often times will not come off in one piece. Expect to spend half an hour on this. Use some Goo Gone to get rid of any sticky crap left over. Next its time to start sanding. I used 400 grit wet/dry sand paper from 3M. The purpose of this is to remove any grim that maybe your degreaser did not get off entirely. Once that is done be sure to clean it off with brake cleaner to clean all the paint you just sanded off the valve cover. Then mask off any holes like bolt holes, spark plug holes, oil cap, and PCV holes. Be generous with the tape but also be precise. You don't want overspray but you also don't want to leave parts unpainted.

Sorry I don't have pictures of the first two steps. They are pretty self explanatory.

Step 3: Now You Can Paint, Grasshopper.
Now you can break out that can of fancy spray paint and go to town. Again be generous with the paint but be sure not to cause runs in the paint. Apply 3 coats on each valve cover. The first coat apply it in a horizontally direction, second in a vertical direction, and third in a diagonal direction waiting 5 minutes between coats. I only used one can of wrinkle paint and it is just enough paint. If you want more wrinkle be sure to get another can. The more you apply the more it wrinkles. Do not be scared if it does not wrinkle right away this is normal.
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Step 4: Now Sit Back and Have A Nice Tall Glass of Shut The Hell Up. :tongue:
Leave the paint to dry for 24 hour or more. Its really up to you. 24 hours is the minimum wait time to let self dry. In a couple of hours you can check on it to make sure its wrinkling. If some spots seem to need more wrinkle break out the can and hit that area again.

Here are mine after about 3 hours.
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Step 5: Wake and Bake.
Go ahead and stick that bad boy in the oven after 24+ hours of self drying. Pre heat your oven to 200 degrees before putting your valve cover in there. I used my conventional oven which was just big enough to get my valve cover it there. Using a heat gun might also be another option. Its up to you really. Let the valve cover cook for 20 minutes. The can says 1 hour but that seems like a long time at 200 degrees. Also be sure to remove all your masking tape. It will cook to the valve cover if you don't!

Before oven.
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Step 6: Pick Your Poison.
Now you have a choice. You do not have to paint it like I did mine but if you do want it another color then follow as I say. 1 can of your favorite color is all you need. Apply it in an even and thin coating. You want just enough to change the color of the wrinkle. Applying too much will cause the paint to want to fill in the wrinkle. So keep it light.

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Step 7: The Finale.
Time to sit and wait again. This time wait 48 hours minimum before trying to install on your car.
 

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Looks good. Cant wait to see them under the hood
 

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They did come out nice - great work!
 

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The wife would not be happy if she saw a pair of valve covers in the oven. :D

Keep up the good work, you have yourself a fun project. x2 for under hood pictures when they are bolted on.
 

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Looks good, I experimented with the exact paint in the summer. Make sure you don't touch them for at least a week. My experience and dislike with the wrinkle paint is it takes forever to fully harden, and consistancy can be hit or miss regardless of technique or even after baking.

I ended up cheating with my 2V valve covers in the end and used rustoelum textured paint topped by Ford blue.

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Looks good, I experimented with the exact paint in the summer. Make sure you don't touch them for at least a week. My experience and dislike with the wrinkle paint is it takes forever to fully harden, and consistancy can be hit or miss regardless of technique or even after baking.

I ended up cheating with my 2V valve covers in the end and used rustoelum textured paint topped by Ford blue.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8245260329/" title="DSC01374 by XR7-4.6, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8197/8245260329_faec22d238_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="DSC01374"></a>

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Oh yeah that came out great!
 

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Thanks! Too bad I never got a chance to A. install them and B. do the other side lol

BTW another alternative to putting them in an oven for 20 minutes is to put them in your hot engine bay after a drive with the hood as closed as you can get it. Much less potential yelling if your discovered :tongue:
 

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Thanks! Too bad I never got a chance to A. install them and B. do the other side lol

BTW another alternative to putting them in an oven for 20 minutes is to put them in your hot engine bay after a drive with the hood as closed as you can get it. Much less potential yelling if your discovered :tongue:
Haha yeah my girlfriend was less than enthusiastic about me using the oven for my car parts. That and the kitchen, dining room, and living room all smelled like paint for a couple of hours.
 

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Baking car parts in your home oven is really, really bad. :facepalm:
Haha. Yeah not the greatest idea if you have a Mrs around the house I must admit but nothing a lot of Lysol and Febreze can't fix. Oh and open windows too. Lol.
 

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Aw, come on you two, it can't smell much worse than a great burn-out! :D
 

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Aw, come on you two, it can't smell much worse than a great burn-out! :D
Burnouts don't make you dizzy though...unless ur doing a donut that might make you a little dizzy haha.
 

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Yeah but you don't do burnouts in your kitchen lol
You do if you're living right, lol.

The old owner of our company had a 'garage' with a fireplace, kitchen, and den area bigger than my house... I did a crossed-o burnout there on my 1980 GS750, lol.
 
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