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Hey everyone. I guess I'm the new guy around here at the moment, but I thought I would share some DIY knowledge. (Not a bad way to start off my first post.)
Well, I just got my 1 Gen V about 3 weeks ago, and it kind of left me somewhat broke at the moment. But it doesn't mean I can't make it look a little better than before.

I don't have my camera at the moment, so I borrowed the pictures from H23 Lude from cb7tuners.com.
So credit for the pictures go to him. But I too have performed the procedure and some.

***Warning: I am not responsible for any damages or injuries done or made during these procedures. Since it is your vehicle, you attempt these at your own risk.***

Items You Need:
-Your choice of paint & color. (Use Hi-Temp if possible but not necessary.)
-Primer. (If you are using regular auto paint, I suggest using a Hi-Temp primer at least.)
-Clear Coat. (Optional.)
-Sand Paper. (400 and 2000 grit.)
-Polish.
-Wax.
-Cloths.
-Paint Stripper. (I found Aircraft paint stripper works best.)
-Rubbing Alcohol.
-A nice ventilated area.

Step 1:
Spray the valve cover with the paint stripper. Let it sit for about 20 minutes or so.


After letting it sit for a while, hose off all the stripper and all the paint should come off. If paint still resides in some areas, repeat Step 1.

Step 2:
Sand the valve cover down with the 400 grit sand paper. Make sure everything is smooth or until you are satisfied. Clean off

***Optional-Before sanding down the valve cover, you may also choose to shave it down smooth.***

Step 3:
Tape off any areas you don't want to paint.

Step 4:
Spray the primer on. 2-3 coats should suffice. Spray the primer on evenly with light coats. If you don't cover every thing on the first shot, don't panic. Just keep applying coats until you are satisfied. Also, try to avoid making any runs. It'll prevent you from sanding it down smooth again.
Wait at least 10 minutes between each coat.

Step 5:
Applying the paint. 3-4 coats should be suffice. Same directions as Step 4.
Wait at least 15 minutes between each coat.

Step 6:
Apply the clear coat. Same directions as Step 4.

Step 7:
Wait until the next day to sand it down with the 2000 grit sand paper, wax and polish.
Your results should look like this.

Before:

After:



Enjoy your new valve cover.

***Notes***
If you are going to be using a metallic paint such as DupliColor Metal Cast series. I suggest that you spray on a few layers of ground coating before the actual paint. I found that it enhances the metallic glare way more.

I also applied the same procedure to my battery tie-down and thermostat housing. I personally think it looks way better. Right now I'm even considering of painting my intake manifold and intake pipe when I actually get one.

Another thing you can do is right before you lay the clear coat down, you can apply a decal sticker to the valve cover.
 
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