View Full Version : Recommendations for engine colors

03-16-2009, 06:25 PM
Hey guys and gals,

So I just finished up getting the rust removed from my oil pan and some of my engine brackets. Looking for ideas on what color to paint. Im wondering what to paint the block/pan/manifolds. Im a big fan of black. I was going to do my valve covers in black with silver lettering. The head I wasnt going to paint.

I was thinking that painting the block(or leaving it) black would look nice, but i wouldnt be able to see leaks and what color the fluid is. Maybe black with a stripe around sealing surfaces so I can see leaks.

Any suggestions on a color scheme? Im open to any that come along..I want to make it look nice. I just spent weeks using electrolysis to remove rust, i want the f*cker to look good :)


03-16-2009, 06:29 PM
Red. Everything must be red. :hehe:

03-16-2009, 06:33 PM
If it makes you feel good, My wiring harness is red, white and blue(some black wires) with clear shrink wrap all around. LOTS of red :D

03-17-2009, 01:47 AM
I like the subtle look. I like to paint stuff silver to make it look new, and add some other colors to offset stuff.


03-17-2009, 01:49 AM

03-17-2009, 02:04 AM
iron gray...... it looks bad ass on a valve cover i'm going to do the block that color too

03-17-2009, 02:05 AM
correction: cast iron gray

03-17-2009, 02:16 AM
Black or cast iron.
Something non flashy.

I prefer stock looking, I don't like it loaded in color.

03-17-2009, 02:23 AM
Another vote for cast iron grey.

I have always liked that.

Even when I built domestic V8s I would paint them over getting chrome kits. Although I will admit there is something awesome about a bright orange small block....

03-17-2009, 03:53 AM
ya black or cast iron gray. stay away from the flashy, ricey colors. keep it subtle and clean

03-17-2009, 06:45 AM
I like black with white 'TOYOTA' lettering.

03-17-2009, 05:21 PM
All great suggestions...black or cast iron gray. Humm, where can I find cast iron gray? This is where I get frustrated, because duplicolor is the only brand I can find. The engine enamel stuff. I was very disappointed with their clear coat, it started to yellow after some time :(

Quite frankly, I would LOVE to use some molyresin(very tough, durable gun paint)


Its expensive. I still need to go out and get a good spray gun. Right now Im confined to using rattle cans. Budget is tight.

I MUCH prefer subtle. I dont like a lot of flashy ricey stuff. But I want it to look elegant and professional.

The oil pan went back into the electrolytic bath last night. It still had a couple rust patches on it.

So here is another question for you gurus. The instructions on the duplicolor call for applying all coats within an hour or two, or you have to wait 5-7 days for it to cure before applying another coat. Now, does that mean I put my few coats of primer on, wait an hour, and then apply base coat? Or do i prime it, let the primer fully cure for 5-7 days, THEN do base coat???

thanks all!

03-17-2009, 05:25 PM
Also for the bay itself, Im strongly considering just stripping it down to bare metal, polishing it up, and clear coating it :D

joe's gt
03-17-2009, 05:40 PM
Yeah, just make sure you get high quality paint and do it very carefully so it adheres as well as possible. You really don't want that stuff chipping off of a valve cover and getting into your valve train and oil.

03-17-2009, 07:40 PM
I honestly prefer stock looking, since with black you won't see oil trails and other such possible hazards.

03-17-2009, 08:01 PM
Right, I want to be able to see any leaks, and be able to make out what color they are. HUmmmm...methinks maybe silver for the oil pan..

03-17-2009, 08:04 PM
But im also still a little stuck on drying/curing/flash times. Should I put the primer on, let it dry for an hour, and then sand and basecoat? Or put the primer on, let it cure for 5 days, then go on to basecoat?

Im getting tired of painting, and then stripping crap again and again because paint runs or chips or just generally doesnt look right. Then again, I am OCD, maybe i just need some pills ;)

03-18-2009, 02:12 AM
sounds you might like the colors I have, here a couple of pictures...




Here's the link to album if you want to see full res pictures: Click here (http://picasaweb.google.com/93AllTrac/AllTracProject?feat=directlink)

03-18-2009, 04:20 PM
I REALLY like the colors you have!! Where did you get those? What brand?

03-18-2009, 07:32 PM
I don't know... the shop that did the engine work ask what colors I wanted and they did it so I'm not sure. You can use my pictures as samples if you want and say match these colors.

03-18-2009, 09:28 PM


03-20-2009, 04:32 AM
my 2 engines im eventally going to rebuild are probally going to be silver or grey

The Captain
03-20-2009, 08:04 PM
Once you go black. . .


03-20-2009, 08:08 PM
WOW, that looks really sharp!!

I want to do a lot of things in black,,,I LOVE the color...but on certain parts I dont want to, so I can see what is leaking if i have fluid there...

nice car!