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I am thinking of painting a set of chrome valve covers, since they are in terrible shape anyway...can this be done?..they have some slight surface rust which I can get out. What prepping needs to be done for the paint to stay on?.. I want to paint them Ford blue.

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Try sandblasting them. I bought a small sandblaster from Sears a few years ago for about $35.00, holds 30 lbs. of sand. Works great for small jobs. I did a pair of regular valve covers, came out great!

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To do it right requires stripping chemicals. Sand blasting could work if you get the surface rough enough for primer paint to bite.

When I did the Pickup's bumpers I found that it was cheaper and easier to buy new unchromed bumpers than the chemicals and have the disposal problem.

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Hi, a friend of mine owns a body shop and I watched him spray some kind of a primer over the chrome and then paint it he said it was special just for doing that. dont know what it is or where he got it though. John

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I have sandblasted and painted with good results.

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The reason for the chemical strip of the existing chrome is to maintain a smooth surface in order to re-chrome. Chrome hates a rough surface and it's not very good at filling pores. If your going to paint I'd go ahead and sand blast.

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I use sandpaper to scuff it real good and then high temp zinc oxide primer and then hi-temp top coat. It''s chaper that way and I haven't had the paint come off as yet.

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