I just saw someone had painted valve colors (blue color or whatever). I'm
wondering, how is it possible to paint them? Do you have to take the cover
off, or just paint as it sits in the car? Just wondering.
EDIT: Guess it should've been in another section, please forgive again.
No its in the right section. Like I said, I believe that they have to be taken off, but I dont see a point to it. With your car, lets clean the engine first. I got a formula that eats away all dirt.
Don't use some cheap spray paint, powder coat it, which involves taking it off obviously.
shouldn't this be in the general chat or off topic section?
dont need to spend money on powder coating. i painted my valve covers
(along with a long ass list of other things) with engine enamel and it has
worked damn well so far.
in fact, many ppl modify their cars and just use engine enamels or something equivalent and works just fine.
You dont have to spend big bucks for powder coating. A good finde spray paint will work very well and cost you well under $20. I HIGHLY suggest removing the Valvecover to do it though. That means you will need a new headgasket though.
depends on the car though. my valve covers have rubber things under them.
the HG is below the head in my engine, so i didnt need to.
but yea, like thunder said, its better if u remove the valve covers to paint them. will come out much better and cleaner.
the spray paint i used costs me just $1.69 at National Hardware store. i should be getting my digicam this friday from my girlfriend. ill take pics of the things ive painted in my engine and try to post them asap.
You mean valve cover gasket. http://car-forums.com/talk/images/smilies/wink2.gif
The "rubber things" you were talking about are called valve cover gaskets.
The HEAD GASKET is under the head in EVERY car.
The reason you should take the valve cover off is so you dont get paint on anything else.
Dammit, yeah. Thinking one thing and typed the other. Freudian slip!
thanks for reminding me how they are called. my mind went completely
plus, u can just cover everything properly with newspapers. thats wat i did to paint part of the head and not get anything else painted. worked like a charm.
PS: not allowed to take out the engine in the building's parking lot.
thanks to thunderbird and his little mistake for confusing me! though i think i should just really go eat lunch. im getting hungry and i can barely think straight.
Alrightie, so I remove the valve cover. Paint it, then place it back with a new valve cover gasket. How hard is this to do by yourself since I'm guessing labor won't be too cheap otherwise?
the part is like 20 dollars but its not easy to do. take it to a pro...
P.S. how do you like the guages?
Putting on a new valve cover gasket is work that requires a professional? Wow, wouldv'e never known.
A new oomba in the making.
A new what
Valve cover gaskets are easy, depending on the car, like it only took me like 30 minutes to do my front one.
Type 1,3,and 4 Volkswagons don't use head gaskets ,they use copper o-rings.
So why do they charge 200 to install a headgasket wiseass? Either it takes a really long time or is quite difficult.
MORON. He said valve cover gasket NOT head gasket. Look at it in the post you quoted. VALVE COVER GASKET. :banghead:
valve cover gaskets only take like.... 20 seconds to put on? thats wat mine took.... a bit annoying since they are quite thin on my car, but even my mother could do it for me.
200$ is dirty cheap to get a headgasket done. Makes me think you really
don't know how much it costs, considering you have to;
remove the intake/exhaust manifold(unless you have someone to help you lift the head), remove the distributor, cap, and wires. remove the timing belt, valve cover. take off the head bolts in proper sequence to avoid warping the head, lift the head, and the clean the gasket off. Then do that in reverse.
For the gasket and head bolts alone(cant reuse the old ones as they are torque specific) you're looking at around 100-120$.....
So try to tell me how the hell a mechanic will do all that work for 80$...