View Full Version : bye bye ugly stock looking coil packs/valve covers (updated w/ installed pics 7.12)


dennsterTA
05-03-2012, 07:54 PM
Thought I would share.

With many polished parts being installed later this month under the hood, I decided i needed to upgrade the appearance of the valve covers/ coil packs.

-removed those stupid white safety clips
-Polished and clear coated the valve covers
-painted coil bracket (color matched to the car of course)
-painted backs of coil packs black
-replaced bolts etc with polished stainless hardware
-wrapped wire harness in high temp black metalized tape.


Will have pics of it all together on he car in a few weeks when everything else gets installed :D



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badbird5.7
05-03-2012, 08:13 PM
looks great!

ripgtp97
05-03-2012, 08:16 PM
Definately looks good, what did you use to polish the valve covers?? I'm thinking of doing exactly this!

97badass
05-03-2012, 08:22 PM
Wanna polish my valve covers?

dont z20h8
05-03-2012, 08:25 PM
Look good im goin to do the same when i get another job but paint the valve cover black

DaRReLL
05-03-2012, 08:40 PM
Looks great!!

mikh338
05-03-2012, 08:42 PM
looks great man, i want to do my coil bracket red like that also but still undecided on what color for valve covers.

DaRReLL
05-03-2012, 08:42 PM
Where did you get the bolts from?

transam5.7lt1
05-03-2012, 08:51 PM
I like it! Looks very nice!

dennsterTA
05-03-2012, 09:12 PM
Thanks everyone!

Definately looks good, what did you use to polish the valve covers?? I'm thinking of doing exactly this!
300 or 400 (cant remember) grit paper to 600 to 800 to 1000 to 1500 then buff and polish with a cotton wheel and white rouge. I made a little buffer setup so I had to do more sanding. With a proper buffer and wheels you could skip a lot of the sanding. One cover was cast much better and required less sanding.

Where did you get the bolts from?
Got them online, ill send you a PM. Got them in plain finish SS then just polished em up real quick with the buffer.

Wanna polish my valve covers?

After doing these I never want to do it again haha

My6speedZ
05-03-2012, 09:15 PM
can i get that pm too?

dennsterTA
05-03-2012, 09:18 PM
can i get that pm too?


PM sent

BOBS99SS
05-03-2012, 09:19 PM
If anyone is in my area i can do vc or whatever,op the only thing i wanna ask is what kind of clear coat did you use

ripgtp97
05-03-2012, 09:26 PM
I"ll take a pm on the bolts as well please! also, about how long do you think it took you total to do both valve covers? It definitely looks worth it. Didn't realize they'd even polish that nicely

dennsterTA
05-03-2012, 09:28 PM
If anyone is in my area i can do vc or whatever,op the only thing i wanna ask is what kind of clear coat did you use

Surprisingly I used basic high temp engine clear. I tested it first on a scrap polished piece and was impressed with how clear it was and how well it held up. If it was on a part that might be touched often or see more abuse I wouldve used a clear made for polished metals. Part was cleaned super good before spraying too.

PS: last two pics it has the clear on it. Hardly knocked down the shine.

dennsterTA
05-03-2012, 09:35 PM
I"ll take a pm on the bolts as well please! also, about how long do you think it took you total to do both valve covers? It definitely looks worth it. Didn't realize they'd even polish that nicely

These work the stock covers correct?

100% stock covers

First one took forever!!! Didnt have a good technique down yet and the VC had horrible castings. Prob about 5 or so hours doing it a little at a time after work at nights. Second one was cast better and prob took half the time. Again, I didnt have a good strong buffer and was in no hurry. Super happy with the results but it was a PITA. Pm sent

boostit5.3
05-03-2012, 09:38 PM
looking good, thinking i might polish my vc's i know its a pain but they look so sweet.

9WhiteCamaro9
05-03-2012, 09:41 PM
+1 for the upgrade. Looks good.

BOBS99SS
05-04-2012, 07:21 AM
I just worry with clear turning yellow, thats why i havent done mine yet, but you think the cast for vcs is bad go for the maf ends, mine were hell, came out nice but polishing really kinda sucks, on a nice smooth metal its easy but on crap metal that has to be sanded down to get it all even really blows

tvg001
05-04-2012, 07:46 AM
can i get a pm too

fucter
05-04-2012, 08:08 AM
I really Like how that looks, good job. Makes me wanna do mine like that

1bad99
05-04-2012, 09:46 AM
Ive thought bout Painting my VC's but painting the brackets and polishing the covers looks great. And can i get that PM also i like the bolts. Makes everything go together! Good Job

BOBS99SS
05-04-2012, 10:33 AM
Op just say where ya got the bolts otherwise you will be sending pms out like crazy lol,

MattSapp95_T/A
05-04-2012, 09:45 PM
looks great!
any local hardware store will generally carry the bolts in stainless..

I got all mine from the local Ace Hardware

The Mighty Texan
05-04-2012, 11:13 PM
Much better. I was gonna do this back when i had em off already but got lazy :bang:

Mean87SS
05-06-2012, 05:35 PM
Interested... where did you getthe bolts from?

airforcemanss
05-06-2012, 11:04 PM
looks great!

bolt info?

dennsterTA
05-07-2012, 11:59 AM
Thanks for all the compliments!! Installed pics should be coming in a week.

I sent PMs to everyone interested in where I got the fasteners from. They arent a sponsor and wasnt sure if I should post it or not.

SS98#633
05-07-2012, 05:11 PM
Thanks for all the compliments!! Installed pics should be coming in a week.

I sent PMs to everyone interested in where I got the fasteners from. They arent a sponsor and wasnt sure if I should post it or not.

can you send me a pm on where you got them at

breze84
07-11-2012, 12:55 PM
Install pics?

DaRReLL
07-11-2012, 02:59 PM
Get them bitches on already.....

dennsterTA
07-12-2012, 11:31 AM
:bang: oh crap,never posted the pics. Got busy and totally forgot. I'll post em up after work today. Sorry guys!

dennsterTA
07-12-2012, 07:19 PM
A few shots of everything installed. Sorry it took so long, I completely forgot to post em up. Sorry for the distracting blue rag and bright green filter, Im polishing the lid at the moment!


I really like how it turned out. Clean and custom without overdoing it.


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tvg001
07-12-2012, 07:34 PM
Daaaammmm that's clean bro props

Maj8301
07-12-2012, 07:36 PM
Nice and clean engine bay!!! Looks great.

hodge9386
07-12-2012, 07:39 PM
looks good, but you shoulda painted the main coil pack connector black too.

BLK95-Z
07-12-2012, 07:48 PM
Looks awesome. Are those rivets in the shock tower?

dennsterTA
07-12-2012, 07:49 PM
Thanks guys!


looks good, but you shoulda painted the main coil pack connector black too.

I agree 100%. I tried to dye it black but it didnt work. I thought about painting it black but worried that removing the connector and general cleaning etc the paint would possibly flake. Ran out of time and just put em on like this for now. Easy enough to change if I get the motivation.

chadroosa
07-12-2012, 08:00 PM
looks great!!!

silverWS.6
07-12-2012, 09:50 PM
Looks great!! I was just contemplating doing this the other day, but you gotta do something about the green cap in there... I don't know why but it really stood out

breze84
07-13-2012, 12:32 AM
So how was polishing them and how did you go about it? looks great my man

gruden_69
07-13-2012, 01:53 AM
WOW! That looks really great. I own an Automotive reconditioning shop and know how hard it is to polish "little sh*t" like that! You did great.. I think I'll try it on mine using an air dremmel tool. They make some really cool little attachments for those things that can make a job like this go pretty fast!
I should get to it in the next week or so (got three Customer cars ahead of it first). If it's something I can put a price too and teach my crew to do, maybe I'll put it out there as a side job on our list! I dont think I can post my business info on here? or I might offer up the services!
Anyway, great job again - and thanks for the idea!
(unfortunately, I'm one of those guys that enjoys that teadious work that nobody wants to do themselves!) lol.. but hey - it's a living.

dennsterTA
07-13-2012, 12:07 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone!

Looks awesome. Are those rivets in the shock tower? Thank you! There are 3 chrome cap screws on the passenger side that I put through the holes created from the wiremod. They have washers and nuts underneath holding the wires in place more securely.

Looks great!! I was just contemplating doing this the other day, but you gotta do something about the green cap in there... I don't know why but it really stood out Thanks! That along with the oil, coolant res, radiator, brake and PS caps are all being changed. Dipstick maybe too.

So how was polishing them and how did you go about it? looks great my man Thanks! It was the worst. Hated it and wont polish something that size and roughly cast again haha. Lots of sanding with finer and finer sandpaper and polishing with cotton wheel and mini buffer I made.

tones2SS
07-13-2012, 02:29 PM
That looks really, really good. Good job!

vikingramair
07-14-2012, 12:21 AM
Very tasteful! good work.