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Old 29-11-2009, 09:55 PM   #1
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Alfa Romeo - Wrinkle Paint on cam cover

Been wanting to do this job for a while, and finally got time to get it done this weekend. I decided the cam covers on my Alfa Romeo 156 GTA were badly tarnished and rather than try and polish them I decided to paint them. The alloy has not been anodised and corrodes too easily in this country. I’ve seen various finishes on the cam covers on the V6 156, painted, polished and chromed. But I decided on painting the coil cover in red wrinkle paint, and the cam cover in black wrinkle paint. Might be a bit of a Maserati rip off and not to everyones taste, but I like it, decide for yourself…..

I went out and purchased the following:-

Assorted polishing tools from Toolstation suitable for DIY drill
1 can of black Hycote wrinkle paint
1 can of red VHT wrinkle paint
Tub of Meguiars Metal Polish

Here's the engine bay before I started, front cover is a bit grubby…..



I started by making a bracket out of plywood to hold the coil cover while it was being polished back…..



Then fitted the coil cover to the plywood using a couple of wood screws



Here’s a shot of the polishing tools, under a tenner from Toolstation



Couple of shots during the polishing stage





Then it was time to paint it. A word of caution, to get the wrinkle effect, it has to be warm, and you need to apply 3 coats in quick succession, say 5-10 minutes apart. I was doing this in the shed and left it overnight, for my first attempt nothing happened. So I then decided to use a heater in the shed, and accelerate the drying with the mrs hairdryer, mind you it’s got some overspray at the back of it now, hope she doesn’t notice. The hairdryer worked well, and after 3 coats I put it in the oven, well seeing the mrs was at a safe distance in New York for the weekend.



I’m no Nick Nairn but I’d say that is cooking nicely...



Just out the oven….



And on to the cam cover itself, a good part is hidden by the top coil cover so it wasn’t necessary to fully prepare the complete surface. 50/50 shot….





Threaded holes masked off…..



Same process applied….



And finished





Now the most difficult part, to wet sand the Alfa Romeo logo back and then polish it, without damaging the finish. For this I masked off around the badge and used 2000 grit soaked in water for 10 minutes. Carefully rubbed back using a cork sanding block, this is better than a flexible Meguiars type, as you are not trying to follow contours, a hard flat surface is needed.

50/50 shot…..



Finished and ready for polishing….



And the hard part, trying to keep the black stains away from the paint…



So after about 7 or 8 hours work, excluding refitting as I’ve not had a chance yet to do that, here’s the final result, enjoy ….









Once I get the parts refitted, I'll update the post. I'm away to watch Top Gear now.

Thanks for looking
Alan

Update from 1st December:

Got the parts refitted today, as a reminder, here’s the before and some afters. Granted it shows up the plenum chamber now, but I still don’t think I want it all in red, so I need to see what to do next with that part. Overall very pleased with the result.










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Old 29-11-2009, 10:01 PM   #2
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That's stunning.
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That looks fantastic. Gorgeous Gta by the way.
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WOW!!!!!

11/10 for that

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Absolutely awesome job there, its the little things that make the biggest difference
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Thats gonna look the dogs danglies in the car!

You need to do the top cover next

Loving the polished lettering. Great job
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Looks sweet bud!

As said before, do the top cover too to set it all off.
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Thats gonna look the dogs danglies in the car!

You need to do the top cover next

Loving the polished lettering. Great job
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Looks sweet bud!

As said before, do the top cover too to set it all off.
Thanks for all the positive comments.

I'll see how it looks when it goes back on and then consider doing the top cover. Trouble is it's my daily driver and I only really got the chance to do this as the mrs was away allowing me to use her car. Hopefully get it rebuilt tomorrow before I collect her from the airport.
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looks good mate ive just done my rocker cover in the vht wrinkle red its such a easy paint to use and cool that in a blink of a eye the wrinkle apear with a heat gun pointed at it.
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