Underhood paint guide

Discussion in 'Body Restoration' started by Jeep43, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. Jeep43

    Jeep43 Veteran Member

    Mar 30, 1999
    I'm stripping the nose off my 74 Z and restoring the firewall and everything forward. I did some searching and didn't find definitive answers on the best correct paint for the firewall, subframe, rad support, fender liners, control arms etc. Do I just paint it all with something like Eastwoods underhood semi-gloss black??

    A friend of mine had a full breakdown he copied for his 69, it goes down to the AIR tube finish and stuff like that. I am wondering if anything exists for 74??
  2. Bandit723

    Bandit723 Veteran Member

    Oct 1, 2016
    Waupaca WI
    Feel your pain on finding a definitive answer on paint systems. Drives me nuts every time I look into them. Seems every one has their preference.

    Seen folks use 1050104 GM Chassis Black Reconditioning Paint seems to be close to the correct color https://www.amazon.com/Melrose-T-Top-Int-1050104-Reconditioning/dp/B00LMMXJ7G .

    Also may want to look at the PPG paint code 9300 and 9700 it is pretty black.
  3. Jeep43

    Jeep43 Veteran Member

    Mar 30, 1999
    Rustoleum 7777 seems to be a pretty popular satin black and easily available but am curious regarding durability.
  4. masck1

    masck1 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2006
    Jacksonville Fl
    Krylon 1613 industrial or John deere blitz black is approved by the NCRS people for under hood black. The 1613 is avaliable from toolup. 1613 you find locally is not the same color.
  5. Jeep43

    Jeep43 Veteran Member

    Mar 30, 1999
    I nabbed a 6 pack case of 1613 spraybombs but imagine I want something in quarts to spray the larger stuff, firewall fender liners etc.

    I saw some buzz about Deere changing the formula of the blitz black but the price is attractive. Anybody use it recently? And do I need the hardener for what I am doing??
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2016
  6. Jeep43

    Jeep43 Veteran Member

    Mar 30, 1999
    It's been a while but I used the Blitz black along with the 1613 and am satisfied. Still have more to do but the next step is painting the drivetrain.

    Is there any guides that can help me determine whats get painted what? For example, dipstick tube? Does it get coated orange or bare?

    Does the bellhousing get a fade of orange from when the block is painted or is the whole thing natural or orange?

    The post with the 900 mile 74 Z28/LT is helpful.
  7. CamarosRus

    CamarosRus Veteran Member

    20170903_153149.jpg 20170915_184355 (2).jpg 20170915_191215.jpg 20171019_193304 (1).jpg 20171019_193333.jpg imagejpeg_0001002003.jpg imagejpeg_0001002003004.jpg imagejpeg_0001002003004005.jpg Spray Can Aerosol Paint is NOT Catalized (not hardened) and is not durable
    like a good single stage paint shot with a real gun (even a cheap harbor freight)

    I had read about Scott Tieman and Nyle Wing (big time resto shops) using PPG
    Delfleet Essential Black mixed to a semi gloss formula. I bought the supplies at
    my PPG dealer (not all PPG dealers will carry) and had my painter use on my
    73 Project Firewall and Differential.
    I decided to leave my underfloor with 2 coats of SPI Epoxy Primer as I like the
    level of gloss.

    The sub frame and control arms were powder coated 60% & 80% on this 73
    however I would use the PPG Delfleet Essential on a LEGENDS quality restoration

    I also chose to use UPOL "RAPTOR" in the wheel house and bottom of rocker panel
    bodymanbill and 70lt1z28 like this.

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