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High heat paint - Do I really have to bake?

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  • High heat paint - Do I really have to bake?

    In getting my 289 ready to go in Stella, I've painted the intake manifold and exhaust manifolds with Duplicolor High Heat paint. However, the engine isn't ready to be put in and run, and I don't have a commercial oven. Any other options for me or is my paint just doomed from the beginning?

    [img=left][/img=left]1951 Commander Starlight Coupe (aka "Stella")

  • #2
    It only requires 350 degrees, but if you don't want to stink up the wife's oven and kitchen you can cure it in use also.

    On the exhaust manifolds, center exhaust ports on heads and the heat passage on the intake, we have had better luck with Bar-B-Q and Stove paint. Then after curing in use, apply the 500 degree engine enamel over the 1300 degree stove paint. (only on heads & "hot" intake port.) Then the simi-gloss black matches the gloss on the rest of the head & intake. Everyone has their own "best" method, but that works for us![^]

    Studebakers Northwest
    Ferndale, WA
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner


    • #3
      You know you could always take the engine to Phoenix in August and and let it set in the sun for an hour, that should get it up to the required 350 degrees.


      • #4
        I've not had good luck with the rattle can high temp paint. It's never lasted more than a couple of months. I think the Duplicolor stuff tells you to bake it within a couple of hours of application. I didn't do this once and it lasted about a week . I have had good luck with the brush on stuff POR sells. Still on there after a year and a half.

        Dick Steinkamp
        Bellingham, WA


        • #5
          use a heat gun make sure to keep it moving watch for the color to change and your good to go

          keith kirchhoff
          brockport ny 14420