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You never want to paint over a dirty valve cover, so before getting started I recommend putting it in a solvent tank then sand/bead blasting if you can, if not, just clean the valve cover with some sort of degreaser.

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Sand paper 100 grit
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small pipe or block of wood (At least 1 inch wide)
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Step 1: Make sure your Valve cover is clean

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Step 2: Paint
Make sure the paint you are using is a high temperature paint, the last thing you want is a sticky melted out valve cover paint due to heat. For this valve cover I used VHT High Temp Wrinkle paint.

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Step 3: Begin painting the valve cover, but before you start I recommend taping of the vent neck and oil filler, I didn't do it to mine because i'm going to sand them of later on.. Remember we don't want any drips!! Keep the can as far away from the valve cover as possible. You do not want to do more then 3-4 coats because we want to make the shaving as easy as possible, wait 3-5 minutes between coats.

48 Hours Later.

Step 4: After the paint has dried Get your block of wood or pipe and wrap it around the 100 grit sand paper, make sure the block of wood or pipe is not touching anything but the BMW logo and lines that are on the sides of it. Start going in a vertical motion left and right to take off the paint on the logo. After fully taking off the paint on the things you want shaved, use the 220 grit sand paper in a vertical motion to smoothen it out.

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Step 5: After taking off the paint, start taping up the BMW logo and whatever you have shaved off. The reason we are taping the BMW logo and re-painting the valve cover is to keep the valve cover as strong as possible and prevent the valve cover from peeling.

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Step 6: Open up a beer and relax (or for you 21 or under kids a juicebox! like me ;) ), you have 48 hours of waiting before you can touch this! That is if you are using VHT Wrinkle paint, it takes a while to dry. Let it dry outside in the sun, it helps wrinkle out faster and plays a major effect on the finished look.

After 48 hours and 2 juice boxes later..

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why do people thing that there will be less traction with stretched tires? the contact points will still be the same, its only the sidewall that gets stretched.


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Looks good.

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Looks good.


x2 Nice job!

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Man that looks amazing.

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Good writeup. What did it cost total?

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Well you only need 1 can of spray paint, wich is 10, a valve cover, (you can use ure old one) tape about 6 bux... and that's it :)

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why do people thing that there will be less traction with stretched tires? the contact points will still be the same, its only the sidewall that gets stretched.


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good job dude! :thumbsup:

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hey man, why do you want to open up a bear? that sounds like it is going to get messy because the bear will probably get mad and try to stomp you into the ground and then open you up.


picking on you ;)

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hey man, why do you want to open up a bear? that sounds like it is going to get messy because the bear will probably get mad and try to stomp you into the ground and then open you up.


picking on you ;)


:finga: I didn't crack open a bear.. i have my juice boxes!

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why do people thing that there will be less traction with stretched tires? the contact points will still be the same, its only the sidewall that gets stretched.


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but beer is beer, bear is a big old california black or brown bear.


i know how you feel though, if you read my thread about taking more stuff out of the 84, i have misspelled five or six things because sometimes your fingers move faster then your brain does.

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oh ****. .haha wow i'm such a ******* idiot man... i just relized i spelt it wrong, even at your second post i was like wtf? lmfao.. wow.

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Woman:
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why do people thing that there will be less traction with stretched tires? the contact points will still be the same, its only the sidewall that gets stretched.


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i know how you feel man, no worries.

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http;//www.strictlyea.com/features/valvecover.html

Thanks for the write-up Abe! I just copied and pasted what you wrote so I hope nothing was spelled wrong. :mrgreen: :thumbsup:

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http;//www.strictlyea.com/features/valvecover.html

Thanks for the write-up Abe! I just copied and pasted what you wrote so I hope nothing was spelled wrong. :mrgreen: :thumbsup:


bsh.. ofcourse nothing is spelled wrong, who do you think I am?? duncman?

edit: only 3 misspelled words, yay world record!

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why do people thing that there will be less traction with stretched tires? the contact points will still be the same, its only the sidewall that gets stretched.


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Which ones? I need to fix them.

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deagreser recommend smoothen and juicebox

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why do people thing that there will be less traction with stretched tires? the contact points will still be the same, its only the sidewall that gets stretched.


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deagreser recommend smoothen and juicebox

hehe^^

looks very professional, nice diy!

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