Paint & Body Repair

Dupli-Color Engine Enamel

Painting your engine isn't difficult. Find out how!


If you have ever wondered how to paint your engine or engine parts to make your motor look like new, Dupli-Color have the product for you! Dupli-Color Engine Enamel is a paint formulated for any part of your car that is exposed to excessive heat like the engine bay. It contains ceramic resins that allow the paint to be exposed to temperatures up to 260°c (500°F) without blistering, flaking, cracking or peeling.

What do I need to paint my engine?

Before you begin, you’ll need a few bits to get the job done to ensure the paint sticks and lasts the test of time.

  • Degreaser - You’ll need to clean your engine before you start painting and for this you should use a decent degreaser to rid all the grease and grime.
  • Rags - Some clean rags is a great idea to clean up most dirt and grime.
  • Scrubbing brush - A stiff brush is a great way to loosen stubborn grease and dirt without damaging the surface.
  • Sand paper - Sand papaer is handy for painting to ensure the surface is clean enough for primer to stick to.
  • Wax & greaser remover - Wax & grease remover is a fantastic product to use before each step before painting to ensure their are no contaminants to affect the paint to come.
  • Primer - Painting enamel onto metal requires a primer to help the paint stick and last longer.
  • Engine enamel paint - The top coat is required to give that final touch and make the engine look great.

Step 1 - Remove the engine or parts

Removing the engine

If you are looking to do a complete engine repaint, you will need to take the engine out. Hopefully, you've already done this step and are looking for ways to dress up your engine as removing the engine isn't a simple step to undertake. If you are only looking to paint sections of the engine, either remove these or mask surrounding areas to prevent overspray or remove the parts separately to the engine.

Step 2 - Remove grease and dirt

Remove Grease and Dirt

Coat the engine with a degreaser or heavy duty cleaner and allow the cleaner to soak. When ready, start to clean the engine with a scrubing brush to loosen all grease and grime. Then rinse off all excess dirt and grime and wipe down with a clean rag.

Step 3 - Remove rust and smooth

Remove rust and smooth

Next we need to remove any surface rust with a wire bush or suitable sand paper. This is to ensure the paint will stick and not flake off in a short period of time. Finish by cleaning off all dust with wax & grease remover.

Step 4 - Spray on primer

Spray on Primer

Now you're ready to prime. Apply primer lightly and evenly to the entire engine or part you are looking to paint and allow to dry as per instructions.

Step 5 - Spray on paint

Spray on paint

Spray on paint

Once the primer has dried, you can apply Dupli-Color Engine Enamel Paint. To do this, do so by applying two light coats, followed by one medium coat with about 10mins in between.

Now all you have to do is watch paint dry, and touch up those areas you might have missed. Give this paint a full 24 hours to cure and it'll be right to throw back into your vehicle.