Mike "Wuzzy121". Rest in peace, brother

Go Back   Tacoma World Forums > Tacoma Garage > Detailing

Notices

Engine Cover: How I dun it.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-15-2009, 06:50 PM   #1
jandrews [OP] jandrews is offline
Carolina Alliance Southwest Region Ambassador
jandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
jandrews's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2009, #18122
Gender: Guy
Posts: 12,261
jandrews's Tacoma Gallery
Engine Cover: How I dun it.

Well all, got the engine cover painted tonight and shoved back in the truck (after dark).

Here be the story:

So I had the cover out and all masked up, ready to be painted. As she looked:




I checked the directions on the primer and spray paint and noticed the clear instructions:

"Use in an open air and well ventilated area, like an open garage."

"Ok" I asked my brain, "Can we do it in a closed air, poorly ventilated area like the apartment bathroom?"

"I don't see why not." my brain replied. So I got about setting up a painting area in the ol' commode:




Primed it....



Got a few coats on, and voila! 45 minutes and 5 to 10,000,000 dead brain cells later I emerged from the WC, light headed and victorious, clutching my newly painted engine cover like a small child who had just received a Nintendo 64 for Christmas.



I promptly took it out into the dark evening and set it on the hood to take bad pictures with a lot of enthusiasm. It's hard to tell, but the color match is almost perfect:



And a few more looks of it back in the bay:








Daytime shots:

It's a little easier to see the shade difference between the paint on the cover and the truck in these daylight shots, but it's still damn close. You can also see some mottling of the paint. I've considered re-masking and adding another coat, but I wonder if it'd get darker still and start to look further from speedway blue. I've decided I'm willing to live with it since it's under the hood most of the time and less noticeable without flash photography.







Feedback welcome!
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 06:52 PM   #2
Carolina Alliance: Lead, follow, or get the hell outta my way
tacomaman06 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtacomaman06 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtacomaman06 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtacomaman06 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtacomaman06 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtacomaman06 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtacomaman06 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtacomaman06 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtacomaman06 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtacomaman06 is one of the sharper tools in the shedtacomaman06 is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
tacomaman06's Avatar
Name: Will
Joined: May 2007, #1475
Location: York,South Carolina
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Posts: 26,688
tacomaman06's Tacoma Gallery
good job man.....looks kickass. brain cells......what the hell are those anyway?
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 06:53 PM   #4
I'll try being nicer if you try being smarter.
mws4ua is one of the sharper tools in the shedmws4ua is one of the sharper tools in the shedmws4ua is one of the sharper tools in the shedmws4ua is one of the sharper tools in the shedmws4ua is one of the sharper tools in the shedmws4ua is one of the sharper tools in the shedmws4ua is one of the sharper tools in the shedmws4ua is one of the sharper tools in the shedmws4ua is one of the sharper tools in the shedmws4ua is one of the sharper tools in the shedmws4ua is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
mws4ua's Avatar
Name: Matt
Joined: May 2008, #6624
Location: the Ham
Gender: Male
Posts: 6,521
mws4ua's Tacoma Gallery
Painted engine cover > brain cells anyway
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 07:11 PM   #6
jandrews [OP] jandrews is offline
Carolina Alliance Southwest Region Ambassador
jandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
jandrews's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2009, #18122
Gender: Guy
Posts: 12,261
jandrews's Tacoma Gallery
I got lucky. Went to Lowe's and took what they had. Primed with RustOleum Professional Primer and the paint was Rustoleum Metallic with the cap color that most closely matched my truck.

Just happened to turn out really really well. It's maybe one shade darker than my actual truck, but a caranuba wax job would match em up perfectly. Unless you're looking for it, you can't tell the difference.

No clear cover, just the primer and paint.

I'll get some daylight pictures tomorrow.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 07:15 PM   #7
SoCal Tacomas
HBtacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shedHBtacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shedHBtacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shedHBtacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shedHBtacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shedHBtacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shedHBtacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shedHBtacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shedHBtacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shedHBtacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shedHBtacoma is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
HBtacoma's Avatar
Name: Oscar
Joined: Aug 2007, #2321
Location: Huntington Beach
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Posts: 1,220
HBtacoma's Tacoma Gallery
Send a message via AIM to HBtacoma
nice job!
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 07:24 PM   #8
bass turds
Veccster is one of the sharper tools in the shedVeccster is one of the sharper tools in the shedVeccster is one of the sharper tools in the shedVeccster is one of the sharper tools in the shedVeccster is one of the sharper tools in the shedVeccster is one of the sharper tools in the shedVeccster is one of the sharper tools in the shedVeccster is one of the sharper tools in the shedVeccster is one of the sharper tools in the shedVeccster is one of the sharper tools in the shedVeccster is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
Veccster's Avatar
Name: Eric
Joined: Aug 2008, #8407
Location: Pittsburgh - The City of Champions
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,189
Veccster's Tacoma Gallery
I went through the same childish excitment when I finally unmasked my engine cover. The wife was not nearly as impressed as I was. She just rolled her eyes

Don't worry, the excitement subsides when you don't open your hood for another month or more. But when you do...BAMM - she's purrrrdy!
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 07:56 PM   #10
Begin With The End In Mind.
carmellocafe is one of the sharper tools in the shedcarmellocafe is one of the sharper tools in the shedcarmellocafe is one of the sharper tools in the shedcarmellocafe is one of the sharper tools in the shedcarmellocafe is one of the sharper tools in the shedcarmellocafe is one of the sharper tools in the shedcarmellocafe is one of the sharper tools in the shedcarmellocafe is one of the sharper tools in the shedcarmellocafe is one of the sharper tools in the shedcarmellocafe is one of the sharper tools in the shedcarmellocafe is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
carmellocafe's Avatar
Name: KEVIN
Joined: May 2009, #17267
Location: N. California
Age: 39
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,264
carmellocafe's Tacoma Gallery
Love it!
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 08:18 PM   #13
jandrews [OP] jandrews is offline
Carolina Alliance Southwest Region Ambassador
jandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
jandrews's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2009, #18122
Gender: Guy
Posts: 12,261
jandrews's Tacoma Gallery
My one recommendation to anyone planning on doing this is take plenty of time when masking the cover. Getting masking tape to fit the curves of the design properly takes a lot of patience, a little luck, and some deft fingerwork.

The nice thing about masking tape is it's a bit flexible, and so is its adhesive, so you can apply it and then "nudge" it 1-2mm in various directions...almost like molding a very thin layer of clay.

It took quite a while (roughly two hours) to mask it down to the detailed corners, but I'm glad I put in the extra time. I don't have any "hatching" around the edges where straight lines were pieced together, nor any notches in straight areas where different sections of tape were uneven. It looks *very* close to being a factory job.

If you're gonna take the time to do it...might as well do it right.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 08:23 PM   #14
Stayed Up Too Late
Untamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
Untamed_SS's Avatar
Marines: 0311-Bravo 1/23 4th Mar. Div. Reserves
Name: Adam
Joined: Oct 2008, #10163
Location: Haughton, Louisiana
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,335
Untamed_SS's Tacoma Gallery
Looks nice man.


Sorry to ruin your fun and all (mine as well) but it still gets dirty. I looked at mine the other day for the first time in a while. I almost cried.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 08:26 PM   #15
jandrews [OP] jandrews is offline
Carolina Alliance Southwest Region Ambassador
jandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
jandrews's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2009, #18122
Gender: Guy
Posts: 12,261
jandrews's Tacoma Gallery
Quote:
Originally Posted by Untamed_SS View Post
Looks nice man.


Sorry to ruin your fun and all (mine as well) but it still gets dirty. I looked at mine the other day for the first time in a while. I almost cried.
Just hit it with some compressed air every couple weeks when you wash it. That should do the job. Maybe a quick rinse every now and again too.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 08:33 PM   #16
Stayed Up Too Late
Untamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shedUntamed_SS is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
Untamed_SS's Avatar
Marines: 0311-Bravo 1/23 4th Mar. Div. Reserves
Name: Adam
Joined: Oct 2008, #10163
Location: Haughton, Louisiana
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,335
Untamed_SS's Tacoma Gallery
Yeah. I usually take mine off and just hand wash it. Well, I do now. Then I didn't. I have a couple things painted. That one thing (engine cover) just looked out of place by itself.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 08:42 PM   #18
jandrews [OP] jandrews is offline
Carolina Alliance Southwest Region Ambassador
jandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shedjandrews is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
jandrews's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2009, #18122
Gender: Guy
Posts: 12,261
jandrews's Tacoma Gallery
Lowes. Scroll up and read.

I have some left over, could even supply you with batch number, pictures, etc. if you want.

The cap looks darker than the SWB paint, but it worked out. It was the only blue Rustoleum spray paint they had in stock with a metallic finish.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 09:00 PM   #19
^^^^ 3%er ^^^^
Packman73 is one of the sharper tools in the shedPackman73 is one of the sharper tools in the shedPackman73 is one of the sharper tools in the shedPackman73 is one of the sharper tools in the shedPackman73 is one of the sharper tools in the shedPackman73 is one of the sharper tools in the shedPackman73 is one of the sharper tools in the shedPackman73 is one of the sharper tools in the shedPackman73 is one of the sharper tools in the shedPackman73 is one of the sharper tools in the shedPackman73 is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
Packman73's Avatar
Name: Matt
Joined: Aug 2008, #8741
Location: The free state of Arizona
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Posts: 8,460
Packman73's Tacoma Gallery
Quote:
Originally Posted by jandrews View Post
Lowes. Scroll up and read.

I have some left over, could even supply you with batch number, pictures, etc. if you want.

The cap looks darker than the SWB paint, but it worked out. It was the only blue Rustoleum spray paint they had in stock with a metallic finish.
Ah, missed that post. Yeah, I'd appreciate a batch #.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 09:22 PM   #20
Senior Member
mitiko is on a distinguished road
Joined: Sep 2008, #9163
Location: lax
Posts: 159
mitiko's Tacoma Gallery
what hind of paper you used

good JOB..

What kind of paper did you used for mask.
  Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Engine cover lovnthe70 2nd Gen. Tacomas 7 06-05-2010 05:28 PM
Engine cover pucksniper 2nd Gen. Tacomas 21 07-26-2009 07:40 PM
07 INtake upgrade anyone dun this? 707taco Performance and Tuning 4 07-05-2009 11:19 PM
Engine Cover tarheelfan_08 1st Gen. Tacomas 8 01-05-2009 08:23 PM
I need an engine cover DFPTaco Buy / Sell / Trade 0 09-11-2008 09:47 AM


Copyright © 2014 Tacoma Forum. Tacoma World is not owned by, or affiliated with Toyota Motor Corporation.