Day ~48 – Valve Cover Wrinkle Paint
The 2002 came with a few extra (ordinary) pieces, among them was a valve cover, from ’76 (I suppose), the ’69 (hahaha 69) valve cover was installed on the engine, the paint on it looked tired and had some chips. I figured why not give it a couple of coats. I had seen the VHT Wrinkle paint at Canadian Tire and decided to give it a whirl.
I degreased and sanded both valve covers with a red Scotch Bright pad, then I degreased again. The product recommended application in an environment of at least 16’c, my garage is set at 13’c, so I brought up a small heater and encircled the valve covers with some old boxes in order focus the heat on the area (before it would rise).
The next evening (24 hours), I used a blade to scrape off the worst of the paint on the lettering and stripes. The paint was still slightly tacky (bellow the top coat).
VHT recommended 2 hours in the oven to cure, for better wrinkles (or 36 hours) but I wasn’t about to smell up the house after already smelling up the garage. I let it cure for 72 hours in my mechanical room which has the furnace plus my wine cellar cooling unit condenser creating heat (it’s toasty in there).
2 evenings later I used some sanding paper to remove the rest of the paint on lettering/stripes.
I'm think I'll put the '69 valve cover back on the motor, and maybe I'll sell the other or mount it on my garage wall since it's not worth that much.