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Old 01-23-2013, 01:01 PM
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Question on dressing up engine bay

I just purchased a wicked wheel and ebpv delete pedestal. While I would have the turbo off and everything I thought about painting the turbo intercooler pipes and spyder while I had it apart just to dress it up a little. Well I've been to two automotive paint places and they do not have factory matching high heat paint. What's your guys suggestion or if you know of companies who have it or can mix it. Thanks
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:37 PM
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Try powder coating. Worked great on mine. Did the spider and I/C pipes. About $60, with same-day service.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:43 PM
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Here's a pic:

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Old 01-27-2013, 06:00 PM
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Re: Question on dressing up engine bay

Looks good thank you. looks like I'm goin to have to do research to see where to get it done at. What do you think about doing the turbo? Or would that be too risky on getting powder coat material on the internal pieces.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:18 AM
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Interesting you should ask. I had the same issue / question on both my turbo on the 7.3, and when I supercharged my 5.4. I wanted to utilize powder-coating for the obvious advantages, but that doesn't work for intricate components such as turbos / blowers for the simple fact that part of the powder-coating process entails baking the pieces (I think in the ballpark of 275 degrees). No bueno for internal gears, bearings, etc.

IIRC ceramic coating was an option, due to the high temps, but that involved disassembling the turbo to the point that the p/c would just be applied to the housing, while all of the internals are sitting on your work bench. Not a feasible option. Not shown in that photo, though, was my 38R that I put in. Looks good for now, and I keep the engine spotless. I do hope to avoid the very common "caramelizing" that I see on a lot of the 7.3 turbos.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:43 PM
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Re: Question on dressing up engine bay

My turbo has almost turned to a rust color and is kinda an eye sore in my opinion I would like to do something but just don't know what option or color. I have a 02 kinda brick red color with the silver bottom. I thought about getting a red close to the same color then while looking at paint I saw a silver close to the same and thought painting it silver
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:35 AM
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you can pull off the comprosser housing and paint/powdercoat that. and even the compressor plate. done that with plenty of turbos
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:41 AM
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*Compressor
Here is a pic of mine i did
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Re: Question on dressing up engine bay

Is that powder coat?
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:09 PM
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yes it sure is
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