How to respray a Rocker Cover

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How to respray a Rocker Cover

Postby GC75 » Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:58 pm

Things to need before attempting this:

- VHT Wrinkle Plus Paint.
- Making Tape.
- Either 2 Hair driers or a heat gun. (Buy 2 hair driers as one could stop working mid way which you don't want. One is a back up.) - THIS ALSO DEPENDS ON WEATHER YOU WANT IT TO WRINKLE.
- Paint Stripper
- Sand Paper


Notes:
- Paint is very run-e.
- Paint in a X-cross pattern.
- Make sure to clean your rocket cover before painting, by this i mean clean it with warm hot water and use some wax and grease remover beforehand.


Steps:

1.) Paint strip and sand your rocket cover (Get it prepared for paint!)

2.) Mask off any hoses or bolts you do not wish to paint. Take time with this process as it will pay off in the end.

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3.) Spray the rocket cover in different directions starting longways.

4.) Depending if you want it glossy or wrinkly... if wrinkly geat the heat gun/hair dryer out and heat it until you get you desired effect. Do it all over at the same pace and/or speed. If you want it glossy just paint it and leave it to dry.

5.) Finished!
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Re: How to respray a Rocket Cover

Postby brendon » Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:57 pm

They look quite good with this type of paint effect.
I recently did mine with a charcoal hammertone paint. Ill put up some photos when i get the interent at home
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Re: How to respray a Rocket Cover

Postby A112H » Wed May 27, 2009 9:18 am

I don't have a rocket!
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Re: How to respray a Rocket Cover

Postby psshhhht » Wed May 27, 2009 9:43 am

Galant_GT0 wrote:I don't have a rocket!


:lol: I was thinking that too, I mean damn, a rocket powered Sigma would be bloody fast.. where do i get one!?! ;)
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Re: How to respray a Rocket Cover

Postby EVL076 » Wed May 27, 2009 1:43 pm

i was waiting to see how long it took someone to pull out the rocket comments :lol:

i reckon 90% of ppl think they are called a rocket cover ;)
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Re: How to respray a Rocket Cover

Postby DragonCypher » Wed May 27, 2009 5:47 pm

For anyone wishing to try the bogan method:
-Wipe oil and grease off rocker cover with an old dirty rag
-Masking tape around the edge to avoid (obvious) overspray
-Hurry up and paint with aerosol engine enamel while the weather is dry before it starts raining again
-Take note it HASNT started raining, and use new found spare time to spray strut tops with the same paint.

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Re: How to respray a Rocket Cover

Postby EVL076 » Wed May 27, 2009 10:37 pm

nothing wrong with bogan style mate

i once painted an old corolla wagon i had with pressure pack paint, no sanding/prep work involved
spiderwebs/dirt and what ever else was in the way copped the paint too :mrgreen:
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Re: How to respray a Rocket Cover

Postby psshhhht » Wed May 27, 2009 10:58 pm

lol, that bluebird is nuts!

yeah my previous corolla was half-painted bogan style, never finished it before i got rid of it though.. still looked alright though
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Re: How to respray a Rocket Cover

Postby amgis_obrut » Sat Sep 11, 2010 6:51 pm

EVL076 wrote:i was waiting to see how long it took someone to pull out the rocket comments :lol:

i reckon 90% of ppl think they are called a rocket cover ;)



yeah yeah i know its a little late but i'll do it

just to clear things up

ROCKER COVERS
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Re: How to respray a Rocker Cover

Postby genius » Sun Sep 12, 2010 1:22 am

Im sorry..i just pissed myself laughing over the 'Rocket' covers!!! Thats Golden!
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Re: How to respray a Rocker Cover

Postby kenvv » Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:24 am

was about to start a thread on this exact topic and thought i best try search first. hey presto :thumpsup:

Few questions, as i havent worked with paints much.

The VHT wrinkle plus paint, is that the actual title of it and is it like their other range in hand held spray can from supercheap etc?

What grit paper did you use? do you leave it slightly rough still to give the paint something to grip to? stupid question but assuming wax and grease remover is last step before painting?

do you need to use paint stripper or can you just try sand it all off? if not, is there an easy/reccomended paint stripper to use?

how many coats of paint would suffice? 3 or 4? with no sanding in between?

and lastly, the hair dryers....are they only for the crackling effect? so if not wanting that, can just let it air dry?

ah the joys of dealing with questions from amatuers. sorry guys :hit:
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Re: How to respray a Rocker Cover

Postby Scorpma82 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:26 am

Yeah i love that VHT wrinkle finish paint


i painted most of the engine bay with it,

im talking rocker cover, head, block,sump, water pump, intake manifold, radiator top and cap, battery, overflow bottle, brake master cylinder, brake lines (that one made a bigger difference that i originally intended) and transmission. Then got some black electrical tape and ran it around my spark leads to make them black. (red leads look like garbage with a black engine and green bay



Looked very smart (in my opinion)....gonna do it all again on the next car...but be a bit more highlighted with chrome bolts etc
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