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DIY: Painting Engine Cover

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mgage10, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. Jun 13, 2010 at 11:26 PM
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    mgage10

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    Items Needed:

    -10mm Socket Wrench
    -Water & Towel
    -Masking Tape (1" Width or Less)
    -Plastic Bonding Spray Paint
    -Clear Coat (Optional but recommended for durability)
    -Your Favorite Cold Beverage

    1. Remove 2 bolts on the front of the engine cover with 10mm socket wrench.

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    2. Rinse off engine cover and dry thoroughly (Use dish soap to get off any stubborn dirt).

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    3. Tape off areas where no paint is desired.

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    4. Paint cover (2-3 coats or until complete coverage) and allow appropriate drying time (15-30 minutes).

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    5. Apply clear coat (2-3 Coats) and allow 24-48 hours to cure (the can says 15 minutes, but it is not dry by then and will leave finger prints).

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    6. Remove Tape.

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    7. Install engine cover and snug two front bolts with 10mm socket wrench.

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    8. Finish off your favorite cold beverage and admire your work.

    Before:
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    After:
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  2. Jun 13, 2010 at 11:29 PM
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    Did you notice any increases in horsepower with this mod? Please let me know, might be interested in doing!


    lol j/k looks good, nice write up.
     
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  3. Jun 13, 2010 at 11:32 PM
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    No noticeable gains in power/torque, but the increase in the range of the pussymagnet is astonishing. :yay:
     
  4. Jun 13, 2010 at 11:36 PM
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    What, I find that hard to believe! With a Tacoma, the "pussy-magnet" comes as a standard option in all Tacoma's. :D
     
  5. Jun 13, 2010 at 11:38 PM
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    mgage10

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    Increase in range my friend, increase in range.

    Sucks em in from a 10+ mile radius instead of the 5 miles max with a stock engine cover!
     
  6. Jun 14, 2010 at 7:53 AM
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    Thanks for posting this. I had seen it in other colors, but I was wondering what the cover would look like with the white paint. Think I'll be doing this soon.
     
  7. Jun 14, 2010 at 7:58 AM
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    i heard once that some guy did this and his pussy-magnetic field became so strong and attracted so much pussy that his dick exploded in all the girl's faces.
     
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  8. Jun 14, 2010 at 8:02 AM
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    if you would have used silver it would have gained 15 to 20 hp
     
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  9. Jun 14, 2010 at 8:15 AM
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    No problem. I've seen a few white ones but they have painted the whole cover and not made it two tone.

    :ohsnap:

    Super White FTW!!!!
     
  10. Jun 14, 2010 at 8:40 AM
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    Yeah I was thinking about doing it the way you have it because I don't feel like trying to mask off or repaint the letters.
     
  11. Jun 14, 2010 at 8:57 AM
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    How the hell do you guys keep the engine bays so clean?
    Mine looks like shit :eek:
     
  12. Jun 14, 2010 at 9:45 AM
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    on a serious note, why did you opt not to spray it with a primer first?
     
  13. Jun 14, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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  14. Jun 14, 2010 at 6:35 PM
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    I'm going to give the letters a go when I get some time. I didn't have thin enough masking tape to try it unfortunately. I'll update this thread when I do.

    Power washer man. They work wonders!

    The paint I used is a plastic bonding paint and the can said primer was not needed. I am very happy with the results and think primer is an unneccessary step (probably wouldn't hurt though).
     
  15. Jun 14, 2010 at 6:36 PM
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    That excited huh?
     
  16. Jun 14, 2010 at 6:54 PM
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    That's what I was thinking too :) Definitely doing this with silver soon to match my Tacoma!
     
  17. Jun 14, 2010 at 6:56 PM
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    Nice work friend. I just sold my '06 Taco and she was silver. I never got around to doing too much to her but I still love that color.

    Let me know how your engine cover turns out!
     
  18. Jun 14, 2010 at 7:02 PM
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    There will be pics :) All my mods end up in my gallery. I'm thinking of getting new spray cans though. I have rustoleum professional and white primer, but with 90% humidity and 100F degree temperatures it takes hours to dry (no joke). It's hard to keep things dust and particle free for that long too.

    The time I'll save is worth more than the $8 it'll cost me.
     
  19. Jun 14, 2010 at 7:04 PM
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    Good thinking. It's bone dry here in Utah. You're more than welcome to fly out and use my garage. Fridge is well stocked haha.
     
  20. Jun 14, 2010 at 7:09 PM
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    Thanks, but no thanks. You got a White Tacoma. :facepalm:
     
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