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What colour to paint the engine bay? 2 years, 4 months ago #61707

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I'm getting my motor rebuilt and while the engine bay is empty my mechanic suggested it would be a good idea to steam clean and paint the engine bay. He was going to paint it matt black, but after I thought about it, it seemed that white might be a better colour to increase visibility while working on the engine. Any thoughts?

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Andy

Re: What colour to paint the engine bay? 2 years, 4 months ago #61710

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Mine is silver. A light color really helps with visibility under the hood, tracing leaks, etc.
Steve DeVinney
Spec E30 #410 (sold)
Atlanta, Georgia
NASA Southeast Spec E30 Champion - 2011
NASA Southeast Spec Miata Champion - 2012

Re: What colour to paint the engine bay? 2 years, 4 months ago #61717

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I like silver also and use Eastwood's Ceramic Aluminum Engine paint.
Jim Levie, #38
MidSouth Spec E30 Series Director

Re: What colour to paint the engine bay? 2 years, 4 months ago #61726

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I told my brother I wanted my new block gloss white. The engine bay will also get painted white. Hopefully this will make everything easier to keep clean and make oil drips more visible.
Prepped for the next independance day.

Re: What colour to paint the engine bay? 2 years, 4 months ago #61729

i Personally am a fan of matching colors, i.e. engine bay same as car, but for a race car i would agree that White would be the best color in the engine bay.
Condor Speed Shop offers a full line of engine, drivetrain and suspension components for the E30 chassis made in the USA

Re: What colour to paint the engine bay? 2 years, 4 months ago #61731

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The outside of my car is already flat white. Engine bay is currently delphin.
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Re: What colour to paint the engine bay? 2 years, 4 months ago #61748

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Yeah grey, glossy white or Silver all work nicely to find leaks, tools and spot dangling crap.
Kieran
Midwest SE30 #19

Re: What colour to paint the engine bay? 2 years, 4 months ago #61758

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Thanks for all the input. The car is silver, so I will have him paint the inside the same colour.

Re: What colour to paint the engine bay? 2 years, 3 months ago #62296

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this is what I did during the holidays. Note the crisp lines due to the lack of seam sealer. Don't do it. It wasn't worth the effort I put into it.
Prepped for the next independance day.
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Re: What colour to paint the engine bay? 2 years, 3 months ago #62301

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That's fabulous. But I shudder at the amount of work required to pull everything out of the bay, clean and abrade the old paint, spray, and then reinstall everything.
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