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I know that this has nothing to do with engine building, but I was wondering if anyone knew if I should powercoat my block(just front & rear) before or after getting my sleeves put in. I know the process gets the block up to 350 degrees to bake, would that affect the block in any way? Or should I just spray paint the block after sleeving? I am finally doing my first fully rebuild, instead of my normal engine guy(out of the business now). Just want to look great once done, bc last time he built, not so a pretty sight(ran great, but ugly). Thanks for any info for this noob on the site, even though I am registered since 2005, haha.
 

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spray paint it if anything. no point in getting machine work done then sending it back to get it re-decked from it warping with that much heat.
 

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That's what I thought, just wanted to get another person's view of it, thanks. Any paint hold up to the abuse of a turboed dd? Last paint that I used on the valve cover(wrinkle something) turned green from silver after one degreasing job, then flaked off after 2nd time. I want something to handle cleaning.
 

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vht cast coat aluminum paint. i used it on my motor and trans about 20k miles ago. it still holds up even with mild use of a power washer. and its a turbo d that i daily.
 

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you need to use a high temp clear sealer to keep the paint from reacting with degreasers. As far as coating the block.. VHT, alumacast, duplicolor, etc etc etc.
 

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I was going to just paint the basis silver color. Want a factory look in my engine bay, and car is silver as well. Going to accent it with black fittings and black tubing. Just a plain jane color scheme, I know. What's the best way to clean the block after the sleeving process. Exospeed says they clean them, not sure if they hot tank it in aluninum safe solvent or just pressure wash it. My block has oxidized pretty badly.
 

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SEYMOUR ALUMI-BLAST
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All done by my machinist...but it has hot tanked, media blasted, and coated with some anti-corrosion aluminum paint.

Oh yeah, here's my painting job using Simple Green and a stiff brittle brush to clean and Duplicolor aluminum colored paint :

Before paint, after degreasing :



After paint :

 
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