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:
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:
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.