I had to replace my valve cover gasket so I painted the valve cover at the same time. Before viewing the crappy pictures, the cover is painted in flat black engine paint, and we polished the Mazda emblem that screws onto the top of the cover.
little late but for about 3 weeks ive been screwing with my screwed motor and pulled the entire thing apart over spring break. i painted mine red and the intake manifold too, but i didnt worry about the 2.2L turbo thing cause mine had already came off from steam cleaning my engine(dont steam clean your intake manifold)big mistake.
i just sanded every thing smooth and then broke out the Mothers polish. I can cast a reflection on the valve cover, massairflow sensor, intake manifold and intake tube as well as my waterneck. sandpaper and clearcoat does wonders on the non aluminum items such as my cam gear and cruse control bracket. there is a lot of shine under the hood if you really want to uncover it. the main reason i did was cause nothing matched my strut tower bar. i will post some picks when i get my camera back from the shop.
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