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Engine painting?

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pacodiablo
I am wanting to put black engine paint on the head of the air cooled Briggs. Will the paint affect cooling in anyway, or is it safe to use?

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PatRarick
Shouldn't be a problem. Many of the engines are black. Several years ago, I asked a radiator repair guy why they always painted the radiators black. He said it is the best color for dispelling heat when air moves over it. Pat

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pacodiablo
Ok, thanks!

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Tom_Byrne
MY TWO CENTS: Just make sure you use high temp engine paint. Regular spray paint will peel off with the heat from the engine.

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pacodiablo
I know. This stuff is good up to 500* F.

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Roy
Flat black is best for heat transfer from the engine. As suggested by others above, go with a high temperature paint.

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patrician12
In Hemmings motor news a fellow by the name Hirsch sells all types of paint.He is in New Jersey and mail orders.I can tell you his stuff is like armorplate.It really lasts. By the way I always thought things were painted black to hide leaks.In 1958 for example when Ford came out with the 352 engine it sweated severly around the intake.So in the middle of the production they went from blue to black.They didn't go back to blue to 1965 when they had a real good pcv system.Today almost every engine is black,even if it is aluminum they paint it black.

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