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V6 Cam Cover painted with wrinkle paint

As I said elsewhere on here I've been wanting to do this job for a while, and finally got time to get it done this weekend. I decided the cam covers on my Alfa Romeo 156 GTA were badly tarnished and rather than try and polish them I decided to paint them. The alloy has not been anodised and corrodes too easily in this country. I’ve seen various finishes on the cam covers on the V6 156, painted, polished and chromed. But I fancied painting the coil cover in red wrinkle paint, and the cam cover in black wrinkle paint. Might be a bit Maserati rip off and not too everyones taste, decide for yourself…..

So I went out and purchased the following:-

Assorted polishing tools from Toolstation suitable for DIY drill
1 can of black Hycote wrinkle paint
1 can of red VHT wrinkle paint
Tub of Meguiars Metal Polish

Here's a pic of some of the tools I used.

And some pics of the final result (before fitting - not sure i want to put them back on, they look great sitting in the kitchen ).

If you want to know how I done it and see all the pics for the full process, there is a full write up HERE at Detailing World. Take a look.

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looks fantastic mate, especially like the black outline. must have taken a while.

let's see it fitted!
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Top work how hard was it to remove the cam cover?
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Top work how hard was it to remove the cam cover?
Its reaaaalllllly easy
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Great effort. Looks good.

It would be nice to see an "after" pic of the engine compartment.
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Its reaaaalllllly easy
I'll say that tomorrow after I've refitted it without dropping that nut down inside the timing belt casing - and I'm deliberately not putting the LOL guy here !! It's easy to get off, just getting the fuel injector signal cables off is the hard part, I just don't seem to have the knack of undoing those clips.

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Great effort. Looks good.

It would be nice to see an "after" pic of the engine compartment.
Thanks Springbok, will get a couple of pics tomorrow when I do the rebuild.

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Excellent work, i was going to do mine in all red wrinkle paint but I might do a reversal of you colours to see how it turns out.
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Excellent work, i was going to do mine in all red wrinkle paint but I might do a reversal of you colours to see how it turns out.
I used the Hycote black paint (cheaper on Ebay) and VHT red paint (Frost Auto). IMO the Hycote black might be a bit glossy, might be worth trying the VHT black paint if you are looking for a matt finish on the top.
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top job mate, they look awsome.
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I'll say that tomorrow after I've refitted it without dropping that nut down inside the timing belt casing - and I'm deliberately not putting the LOL guy here !! It's easy to get off, just getting the fuel injector signal cables off is the hard part, I just don't seem to have the knack of undoing those clips.



Thanks Springbok, will get a couple of pics tomorrow when I do the rebuild.

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Thats the part that bothers me removing the fuel injector cables. Ive taken the top cover off plenty of times thats simple. I mite have a go at doing mine this week .
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I'll say that tomorrow after I've refitted it without dropping that nut down inside the timing belt casing - and I'm deliberately not putting the LOL guy here !! It's easy to get off, just getting the fuel injector signal cables off is the hard part, I just don't seem to have the knack of undoing those clips.
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I used the Hycote black paint (cheaper on Ebay) and VHT red paint (Frost Auto). IMO the Hycote black might be a bit glossy, might be worth trying the VHT black paint if you are looking for a matt finish on the top.
Thanks for the info
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OK guys here's some updated photos. Got it rebuilt today in the 4 °C wintry weather here in Glasgow, latex gloves don't keep any heat in, that's for sure. Was really worried about stiff fingers dropping a nut down inside the timing belt casing, but was careful and managed to reassemble it ok. Only disaster so to speak was the small bracket holding the dipstick in place, as I lined up the cam cover it slid down into the exhaust cover assembly , so will probably just order a new one as I couldn't feel it when I raked about.

Here's the before and some afters. Granted it shows up the top plenum chamber as in poor condition now, but I don't know if I want to have it all in red, I think it looks ok in silver. Will need to think about it, either way won't have the time to do it until next year.

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Well i guess i know the 1st job i am doing when i get my car back, looks great that mate
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One question springs to mind about wrinkle paint.

Now that its on, can you still wipe it down with a rag or will the dirt get stuck in the wrinkle forcing you to use a toothbrush?
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That looks excellent. I'm tempted to do my TS engine cover in black crackle finish leaving the ribs silver.
 
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I'm ordering up some red VHT paint the now and going to try it this weekend! Just one question Alan, did you bother replacing the rocker cover gasket at all?

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I'm ordering up some red VHT paint the now and going to try it this weekend! Just one question Alan, did you bother replacing the rocker cover gasket at all?

Gavin.
I'm in process of doing mine, and will be replacing both front and rear rocker cover gaskets, even though they were done last year with the major belts service. I'd also replace the Inlet Pipe Gaskets whilst at it - about £2 each and worth doing IMO as its coming off. Total cost of all required Gaskets (Alfa OEM) is about £70.00.
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Cheers PJ, I've gone and ordered myself the front rocker cover gasket at least I don't have it in me to remove the rear one. I think I'll leave the inlet pipes in situ during the whole process too.
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I've got the lot - just needs putting on the car

I've also got...

x2 Plenum's
x2 Coil Plates
x2 Front Rocker Covers
x2 Rear Rocker Covers
x2 Sets of Chrome Pipes

I'll be getting these stripped and one set done the same as my replacement and the other will be done in a dark silver finish with red lettering. Will be in Classifieds later in the year.

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Looks great, a really worthwhile piece of work. Just one thing though as I am not technical, is it just the open engine under the covers & how likely is it to **** something up?
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