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    I want to repaint my HO valve covers and am curious as to what the original color was. Were these a dark gray or a silver when new? Also will paint from auto parts stores hold up? ( hi-temp paint ) Thanks, Ray.
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    The HO aluminum valve covers were bare metal. I painted the ones on my old T-Bird Ford Red (because the car had a red & white theme) and the paint held up very well. I sanded them to remove the rough as-cast finish, and the red paint went on and stayed nice and shiny. I'd imagine any aluminum-look high heat or engine paint would work for you if you want the factory look
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    Later HO valve covers (90ish and up) were painted some sort of gray shade. The earlier ones weren't painted but the later ones were.
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    If it helps, these pics are of a 1990 asc/McLaren Mustang that is all original and hasn't been touched.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BCA View Post
    If it helps, these pics are of a 1990 asc/McLaren Mustang that is all original and hasn't been touched.


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    Looks like some kind or gray. Same as the upper intake.

    I know the upper intake and valve covers on my 91 Mark VII are painted a light gray and not as cast.
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