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I'm thinking of painting the gray VR6 engine cover piece, but I am not sure how to take it off, and I don't want to force it the wrong way and break any tabs, etc. Can anyone give basic instructions?
Moreover, has anybody painted their own engine cover in this way? I am thinking of sanding it down just a bit, airbrushing it mostly black, and maybe doing the VW logo in blue/white. Any recommendations welcome!
 

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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (Hurtdog)

okay dont listen to him.
its a series of 7mm allen bolts i beleive. U just need to be careful and start unscreweing em off. then pulll it off. sand it lightly, and spray away
 

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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (JimGTIVR6)

OK thanks. I know Hurtdog, he is just teasing.
 

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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (Halx)

Ok --tard its real simple. i cant believe u need help doing that.! JESUS! dont meen to get biblical or anything but your slow! The answer is in the oil cap!!!!!

God bless the dohc 2.8
 

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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (opie112)

Its not allen keys on mine, i had to buy a star bit...i forget what size, maybe 45?? anyway, take off the one on the black trim piece on the back side of the panel you want to paint and slide it back a bit, maybe take off the oil cap, then under that there are 2 more bolts you need to take out to get it off...then just pull it off. I painted mine with some flat black high temp engine spray paint, but it isnt too great...i like they way the all black looks, but the paint doesnt look so good, i think it needs another coat, and i think i need to let it cure better next time, it was very cold out when i did it originally
 

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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (opie112)

Thanks for the kind words of encouragement opie112, I don't know what this community would do without you.
And a real thanks to VR6 Mk3 for the good info. I missed those star head bolts the first time I looked at it, and was hoping I could pry or slide it out somehow.
 

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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (Halx)

quote:[HR][/HR]...And a real thanks to VR6 Mk3 for the good info. I missed those star head bolts the first time I looked at it, and was hoping I could pry or slide it out somehow.[HR][/HR]​
No problem man, sometimes i get stuck on the simple stuff too...if you need to know the exact size bit that you need, let me know, its in my car, i can check for ya...don't try to pry it off, the one in my friends corrado is missing the tabs that those screws go through, so its basically just kinda sitting on top of the engine right now, but don't crap yourself if you break it, cause the engine looks pretty cool without it too...we are both thinkin about removing the cover and polishing the manifold underneath.
 

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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (opie112)

quote:[HR][/HR]Ok --tard its real simple. i cant believe u need help doing that.! JESUS![HR][/HR]​
I hope you know Halx personally or you are just being sarcastic....if not then that is uncalled for. http://****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif
 

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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (Sebeck1)

quote:[HR][/HR]I hope you know Halx personally or you are just being sarcastic....if not then that is uncalled for. http://****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif [HR][/HR]​
Word http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (Halx)

Heya. Just make sure you use the right paint. I used brake caliper paint on mine. It can withstand high temps and you can use the rest of it on your calipers (you know..what it was meant for).
Good luck.
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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (jettagrl)

Whoa!! You live in rochester, and your name is jettagrl? http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif You should come along to our next get together, there are 2 other girls with jettas who usually come along...check the link in my sig for the website (still under development), or IM me right now, I'm online (AIM = VR6MK3)
 

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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (VR6 Mk3)

PS, what color is your car? I'll be back in rochester on sunday, ill keep my eyes out
 

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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (VR6 Mk3)

Nope, I don't know that person, so as you can probably tell, my first remark was full of sarcasm.
Sad thing is, I knew there was going to be at least one reply like that...
 

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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (jettagrl)

quote:[HR][/HR]Heya. Just make sure you use the right paint. I used brake caliper paint on mine. It can withstand high temps and you can use the rest of it on your calipers (you know..what it was meant for).[HR][/HR]​
What if I wanted to paint it all black and then add red to the letters? How can I use spray paint for that? Or is there another kind of High Temp paint that comes in a small bottle/jar?
 

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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (DaveNY)

I wouldn't worry about using high-temp on the plastic (or aluminum intake runners, for that matter) It doesn't get too hot (for regular paint) on these. I did mine last summer with regular paint, with no I'll effects!
And for the letters??? Either a careful mask job or a steady hand and a small brush!
 

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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (DaveNY)

I was planning on doing the letters a different color (not sure what which yet) and maybe even the logo in blue and white. I am planning on using a mask along with my airbrush to do them. However, it might work to just carefully drop some paint into each letter say with an eyedropper, and then spread it with a small brush. I'll post pics and results in this forum whenever I get around to doing this, so just keep your eyes peeled...
 

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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (Halx)

Thinking of doing the same thing, however I noticed my cover has a 2 inch crack in it. Anyone know a good place to get a replacement cheap? none of the local juck yards have one, and I am sure the stealership's in the area will want big $$$, thanks http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (DreamGTIVR6)

This is what I did. I cut out peices of tape to fit the letters. and spray painted the whole thing black. I then painted the letters red by hand. It came out very good. I think I may paint it all black though, the red stands out too much. Wont matter for long since the VGI is going on this summer!
 

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Re: Removing/painting VR6 engine cover (JimGTIVR6)

i have a question about the cover. if you just unbolt it and take it off can you just leave it off? or does that interfere with wires and stuff?
 
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