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Old 10-16-2012, 06:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Painting the Engine

I have the older '05 engine which is grey/silver. I want to paint the whole thing black. How feasible is this and what are the necessary steps to prep the engine
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Painting it is the easy part.


You'll need to pull the engine out of the bike to get it done right though.

Once you've gotten that far you'll need to thoroughly clean and degrease the whole engine. Then his all the surfaces you want to paint with some 3m scotch brite and then degreaser once more.

Then you'll have to remove all the pieces off the engine not getting painted (i.e. carbs, throttle bodies, etc) and tape off anything else not getting painted.


I would also recommend pulling the timing, clutch, and cam covers and just having them powder coated as that will hold up much better than paint on those pieces.


Once you've got the motor all prepped and ready for paint find an engine paint and color you wish to use. The stock color triumph uses seems to be a matte/flat black. Duplicolor and VHT both have matte black and satin black (if you don't want totally flat) engine paints. I've used both on my Ducati and they have held up well.

Lightly coat all the surfaces you're painting to get a base layer down. (I like to hit each layer with a heat gun in between as the paint cures with heat and will cut down drying time). They lay down several layers (about 5 should do) hitting it with a bit of heat in between and letting it sit for a bit between coats.

You'll have to be very careful once it's all painted not to spill any fluids or chemicals on it though as the paint will not be cured and resistant to it until the engine as gotten hot and fully cured the paint.


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I did the same thing. I cleaned the engine cases really well with a degreaser then I taped of all exposing pieces. I sprayed it with the vht high temp engine paint. Works like a champ.
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What about primer and a clear coat. I saw that they make an "engine" primer and clearcoat. Are these necessary processes as well or would i just be wasting money. I am looking to get the most durable/best looking finish as possible
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Thanks for this info. I have an '01 and have the bubbling engine paint that is common, so I've been considering doing this for my winter teardown. The biggest challenge I anticipate is how to prep those areas where the paint has come up, particularly under the left carb. Oh, and how to get the engine down one flight of stairs .

Frankly, it sounds like a huge pain, but vanity will win, since I have other parts going out for paint this winter also.

Folly, perhaps.
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Nooooooooo! Silver/greys were the coolest engines. The later black engines were just Triumph cheapening their production methods and painting over the mistakes. It doesn't fit in with the classic Brit bike look at all. Hope I can talk you out of doing it.
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Well i have gone on and started scrubbing the engine. I pulled the oil pan and have already sprayed that already and it looks good black. Now its the rest of the engine that needs working. There are lots of nooks and crannies to scrub properly.
There is a small cover right below the engine sprocket. Is there any issue in pulling that cover does this cover hold items in the engine.
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