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post #1 of 7 Old 09-08-2011, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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430 engine panels painted??

Ok, so I am having my rear diffuser painted to match the car color, and I was wondering about the rear deck lid vents and the engine panels.

Aside from liking or not liking the mono chromatic look, does anyone know if these parts can take paint, I beleive they can, but can the paint take the heat in the engine compartment.

I realize that there may not be a person who knows definitively, but there are some very well versed guys on here whose opinions I respect.

So, as subjective as this looks appeal is, any input on the paint issue?

If I do proceed, I will post pics when done.

I personally think it will look great, as I know the diffuser is going to look great.

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-08-2011, 09:41 PM
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Paul- Modern two part (epoxy) paint with a clear coat will hold up just about anywhere you put it. My brake calipers are painted with auto body paint and clear coat, so I would not worry about painting anything except the exhaust system, where you would need special paint.

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I would look into powder coating.

Better finish and a lot safer ... should cost around the same
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-09-2011, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for both those responses.

I made some inquiries today, and was told the same as taz said about painting.

There is a specific high temp paint that would work.

Haven't looked into powder coating, but that might be an interesting option, although I feel as if that would be more costly.

I will let the thread know when i find out.

Again, I appreciate the help.

And Taz, you always seem to answer and have valued input, thanks for all the involvement on the site, it really helps.
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post #5 of 7 Old 09-09-2011, 05:22 PM
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My panels are very shiny, an effect that would be easy to duplicate with powder coating. Challenging with spray, but doable. If you're going to paint them, I'd go with powdercoating.

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You may want to "Photoshop" the car w/before and after renderings so you don't have to pay to undo the paint job if you don't like the results.

Could save you some $$$.
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-12-2011, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys.

I've spoken to a Ferrari paint specialist down here that came highly recommended and I'm pretty sure I'm gonna give it a try.

I'll probably start disassembly next week.

I'll post before during and after pics, hope I don't bore you guys to death.

Thanks again for the input, it's a great forum here, and it helps to hear what others think.

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