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After 3 years of ownership, I kept thinking something looks missing when I looked at the engine bay. Turns out it was missing the engine cover. I found a cover on eBay and ordered it. Then I painted it with VHT red wrinkle finish engine enamel. I think it looks way better than it did before.
 

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At first, before the picture popped up, I thought what in the Sam Hill?! But that looks like it should have been there from the start. Good job. Does it look as good as that in person?
 

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Thanks, and it actually looks better in person than in the pic. Two of my friends think it looks factory.
 

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That does look cool. The bright red is sort of advertising the huge powerful engine!!
 

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That's so silly, painting the engine cover... Why, I can't imagine anyone doing that. Let me click on the photo and enlarge it...

[Click]

Hmmmmmm... Hey, never mind... That looks very, very nice...

[Thinks about it]

Hmmmmmm... Maybe I better go look at mine.

[Goes to garage]

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...
 

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I’ve done one of mine.
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Very cool - Citrous!!
 

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Although I'm not a fan of the cover (I don't use it), both of these look pretty darn cool. I'd consider the red for my valve cover...

Then I painted it with VHT red wrinkle finish engine enamel...
Is there/do you have a more specific color name and/or number? I looked for this on amazon and there's a few different reds to choose from.
 

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VHT high heat wrinkle finish red
VHT high heat primer underneath
I scuffed the cover up first with sandpaper then gave it two coats of primer.
Then three coats of red.
I ended up getting my paint at Orielly’s auto parts. They only had black in the store but could order red and have it overnight. I threw the cam away or I’d get you the number off the can.
 

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I take my insight and enter it in the display of classic and muscle cars at the monthly Somernites Cruise-in in Somerset, Ky. It’s a huge show brining hundreds of cars every month. Most are classic muscle cars so the Insight looks very out of place but they have a Special Interest car, low production car category, and that’s what gets me in. I did this painted engine cover mod because the car needed to be a little slicked-up in the engine bay to be more presentable. The cars on display usually have the hood propped up so you can see a modified or super clean engine.
 

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I take my insight and enter it in the display of classic and muscle cars at the monthly Somernites Cruise-in in Somerset, Ky. It’s a huge show brining hundreds of cars every month. Most are classic muscle cars so the Insight looks very out of place but they have a Special Interest car, low production car category, and that’s what gets me in. I did this painted engine cover mod because the car needed to be a little slicked-up in the engine bay to be more presentable. The cars on display usually have the hood propped up so you can see a modified or super clean engine.
I have a friend who chooses to take his Insight (from among his various high performance cars) to his local performance car get-togethers to show the opposite end of the spectrum - highest performing gas saver. Very nice.
 

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I painted mine a charcoal metallic engine enamel. It's holding up okay, starting to bubble near the belts a bit.
 

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I recently purchased a rattle can of Silverstone Metallic auto touchup paint with the primary idea of painging my engine cover. It's not high temperature paint though, I didn't think that would be required since I'm not painting headers of something that gets really hot. Anybody know if HT paint is actually required for the cover?
 

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I would use a "Plastics" paint over a body paint. The cover doesn't get that hot for HT paint in my opinion.

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