View Full Version : just got a redtop

02-22-2002, 05:24 AM
he he...
i decided to try and paint my extra valve cover..i think it came out ok


02-22-2002, 05:38 AM
looks good. Thats one of the things I've been planning on doing to my DOHC. Who makes the oil cap?

02-22-2002, 06:07 AM
a company called STR...i can't believe i actually paid $30 bucks for it....

02-22-2002, 07:50 AM
Originally posted by ADAM H:
a company called STR...i can't believe i actually paid $30 bucks for it....<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]Heh, yeah. They make a dipstick too, which is more expensive and looks sort of odd.

02-22-2002, 09:43 AM
Looks great! For the areas that aren't red, did you just sand off the red and polish? I am trying to decide on whether to polish the whole thing or do something similar to yours.


02-22-2002, 10:03 AM
yeah i took a mini die grinder and sanded off the raised areas then i took a polisher and polished it..

'97 S14 SE Turbo
02-22-2002, 10:31 AM
Ha, in that case, I have a black top...

02-22-2002, 11:34 AM
Originally posted by ADAM H:
he he...
i decided to try and paint my extra valve cover..i think it came out ok<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]That's got a nice old school look to it.

02-22-2002, 11:37 AM
he he..when all the kids come by the will probably think it is a red top http://www.freshalloy.com/

at least i will have one clean thing in my engine bay...among the mess of hoses and wires

Originally posted by obruT ES 41S 79':
Ha, in that case, I have a black top...<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]

02-22-2002, 01:43 PM
Also for those who want to paint their valve covers differently. Summit Racing sells wrinkle finish engine paint in different colors.

02-22-2002, 01:55 PM
what is a "wrinkle finish"

02-22-2002, 04:42 PM
A wrinkle finish will produce a slightly rough surface much like the stock SOHC valve cover surface. It almost feels like worn out, heavy grit sandpaper to the touch.

Junior Cristovao
Turbo City Auto Body, Inc. (http://www.geocities.com/nis240shu)

02-22-2002, 09:40 PM
nice redtop. which sr did it come off of? haha! just kiddin'. looks nice. nice glossy finish. now you need to get a blacktop.

02-23-2002, 12:29 AM
Did you first take off the black coating that comes from the factory, then paint? If so, how did you do it and how difficult?


02-23-2002, 12:35 AM
yep took it down to bare aluminum..took along time..used a mini die grinder with stainless brush attachement...

then degreased....
then used foiltec 2 part epoxy paint...4 coats
then removed paint from raised portion, and polished it on polishing wheel
then stuck on STR oil cap...maybe i should hve got a polised aluminum one?

02-23-2002, 12:51 AM
Looks good Adam....can't decide on whether or not I want the polished look or have it powdercoated black...decisions...decisions:)

02-26-2002, 12:40 AM
he he i have a black top..my sohc KA which has the black valve cover on it right now...

so if someone needs a spare sohc valvecover i have one..