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Was mucking about painting some bits up. I have done my plenum as in the picture, what do people think?

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Was mucking about painting some bits up. I have done my plenum as in the picture, what do people think?

I think that looks a bit tatty, as if it's not quite finished. 🙂

Prefer the original look.

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I think that looks a bit tatty, as if it's not quite finished. 🙂

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I would imagine since the surface is rough textured that any oil & grime will adhere to it & be difficult to keep clean more likely than if it was painted/powder coated. Suppose the factory had it smartly due to this alone, just my thoughts :)

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19 hours ago, JonSE said:

I think it looks good.

Was the original all red and the highlights sanded back to metal?

yes thats how they are from factory. I was looking at  the plenums on Ferraris for inspiration.

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18 hours ago, TAR said:

I think that looks a bit tatty, as if it's not quite finished. 🙂

In all fairness the photo is not that great.

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If you want to keep the bare alloy looking good, then vapour blasting will help a lot. It seems to leave a finish that dirt and oil slide off, at least on my engine, anyway.

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On 21/01/2021 at 14:48, red vtec said:

Thanks for the feed back. 

 

yes thats how they are from factory. I was looking at  the plenums on Ferraris for inspiration.

Do they do they have them un-painted? All I could find on google was painted red ones...just like an esprit 🙂

 

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I looked and immediately thought "That's 80s style" (thinking grey, white and red colour schemes etc), then a few seconds later my mind kicking in and thought, well that's the styling period of the car, so the grey with red and polished highlights looks really more styled than just the red with polished. I would however call out that bare Ali is going to be a PITA to clean/ keep clean, as any oil and dirt can adhere really well to the surface. Not a problem for me as I don't try and have a tidy /clean engine, but if you care about how tidy the engine looks then perhaps go for clear lacquer on the "bare" sections.

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There is something to be said for the raw aluminum look. Not so flash but does invite closer inspection of the intricacies of form, thereby illustrating the engineering behind it all. Form follows function.

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On 23/01/2021 at 07:20, andydclements said:

I looked and immediately thought "That's 80s style" (thinking grey, white and red colour schemes etc), then a few seconds later my mind kicking in and thought, well that's the styling period of the car, so the grey with red and polished highlights looks really more styled than just the red with polished. I would however call out that bare Ali is going to be a PITA to clean/ keep clean, as any oil and dirt can adhere really well to the surface. Not a problem for me as I don't try and have a tidy /clean engine, but if you care about how tidy the engine looks then perhaps go for clear lacquer on the "bare" sections.

The only bare bit is the lettering, not sure if the photo shows that to well, the rest is a stone effect grey and all of it is clear lacquered.

 

On 22/01/2021 at 21:59, Buddsy said:

Do they do they have them un-painted? All I could find on google was painted red ones...just like an esprit 🙂

 

buddsy

some have a red and grey plenum. Image result for ferrari engine

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Ah, I'd thought that it was media-blasted cast metal showing. In that case, the comments on aesthetics stand (as in I think it's different to original but in style with the period), and the concerns over cleaning etc are now non-existent.

 

If you bore with it you can re-paint, if you don't then you can keep it. It's not as if you are re-shaping part of the car that's a one-way operation or difficult to alter.

 

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