Painting cast iron heads

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  1. satchelmcqueen

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    What's yalls opinions on painting iron heads a silver or aluminum color? I have the engine painted red right now as I did years ago and it looked great.

    However i have grown to like how aluminum heads look with a different color block.

    If I do this it'll be a red block with silver heads with aluminum intake ...with ceramic coated headers.

    I k ow it'll look good but I dont want it to look fake or cheap. Have you ever seen cast iron heads painted silver and if so did it look decent?
     
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    You ain't ever heard of Ford Dk Blue???
     
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    Lol I don't want blue.
     
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    Ahhh you lost me.
    Nothing looks better.

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    now that does look good. I will for sure paint the heads silver now. So do you go plain silver or metallic or what? Looks so nice.
     
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    Mine aren't painted, natural aluminum.

    Shade is a matter of preference, I have some chrome that looks almost like aluminum(definitely isn't chrome in appearance). It's on the hard lines mounted to firewall.
     
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    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

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    I would suggest the...aluma blast paint. it looks like glass beaded aluminum. to me that would give them the aluminum head look.
    I used it on all my show bike cast aluminum parts. I even had people question..."how do you keep that blasted aluminum that clean"?
    I get mine from a local machine shop, they have the good stuff.
     
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    Leave it red. I prefer blue but red looks considerably better than fake aluminum.
     
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    Too late lol. I wasnt trying fake an aluminum head but rather hoped the color combination would look good. I found some really nice paint and it looks nice so far.
     
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    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

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    you can also get...cast blast...it looks like raw cast iron...
     
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    Looks good to me -- finish assembling and get back in the car and on the road...
     
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    I've done it to heads and intakes.. looks faked but color combo's turn out nice. Needs to be a coordinated effort without 7 different colors being used like the 80's when anodizing took off and people got carried away. Lol
     
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    Here's how it turned out. I sprayed the aluminum intake too so it would all match. Valve covers...carb...and headers match as is. I love it!!!
     

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    Looks good! And after it heat cycles many times some of the pigments will slightly darken about a 1/4 shade and the shine will reduce a tad more too. Sometimes too chromy or shiny makes the other weaker points stand out more if that bling bar gets raised too much. Lol

    Hopefully you used a higher temp engine enamel?
     

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