Gone are the days when engines looked like a confusing mess of jumbled wires, pipes, and other components fused together to serve a single purpose. With an engine cover, you now have a way to beautify the otherwise messy and confusing area under the hood. There are even custom engine covers that will help you achieve the specific style that you want for your engine compartment.
But more than aesthetics, engine covers also protect under-the-hood components from dust and other outside elements especially when you're working in the engine bay and you need to keep the hood up.
If your engine cover has been serving you for a while now and you're starting to find it dull and boring, you can have it painted to bring it to life once again. But of course, before you can paint and breathe new life to the cover of your engine, you have to take it off the engine first.
Steps in removing the engine cover:
What you'll need:
- Socket wrench
- Flathead screwdriver
Step 1: With the engine off and completely cooled down, prop the hood open.
Step 2: Depending on the hardware that secures the cover in place, you may need to remove four nuts using a small socket wrench or pliers or unhook the retaining clips that hold the cover in place.
Step 3: If the cover is secured by nuts, you will need to remove the rivets located behind the nuts. Carefully pry them up with a flathead screwdriver. Set the rivets and the nuts aside, making sure you won't lose them.
Step 4: Hold both sides of the cover and carefully lift it straight up until it's released.
Step 5: Set the cover down and make it ready for painting.
Instructions in painting your plastic engine cover:
What you'll need:
- High-temp engine spray paint
- Plastic spray primer
- Lint-free cloth/towel
Step 1: Using a sponge, clean the plastic cover thoroughly with soap and water solution.
Step 2: Wipe the cover dry with a lint-free towel.
Step 3: Place the plastic cover on a flat surface that's covered with newspaper.
Step 4: Shake the primer spray for a few minutes to mix it properly. Spray three coats of plastic primer to your engine cover. Let every coat dry for at least 30 minutes before spraying the next coat.
Step 5: You also need to properly mix the high-temperature color spray by shaking it for a few minutes. Spray paint the cover with three coats of high-temp spray. Allow each coat to dry before the next application.
- To make sure that the paint is evenly mixed, shake the container thoroughly for about two minutes or more. It's also wise to shake the paint well after applying one coat to the cover.
- The best way to spray paint a plastic panel like the cover of your engine is to hold the spray can 6 to 8 inches away from it and spray back and forth to ensure even coat.