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Old 04-22-2013, 01:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am trying to do a complete engine and engine bay paint and detail.

Hi, I see several Mustang pictures where the hood hinges and springs, top of the shock mount and hood latch is painted a contrasting color. It looks like a dark grey color

I am using Krylon satin black most other places.

Anyone know what paint is used and where to get it?

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Old 04-22-2013, 01:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The parts that comes from the factory as bare metal I paint in Cast Coat Iron. This simulates the bare metal look. Hinges, Springs and latches were bare metal. I can't remember the brand but any parts store will have it. Cast Coat Aluminum is also availible.
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Early, pre August 1964 builds, had hood hinges and some other underhood parts
painted black. There are probably a hundred different variations, as each plant and
various suppliers shipped parts, some painted, some not, they were scrambling
to build as fast as possible in 1964!
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That dark gray color was most likely an oiled phosphate (parkerized) finish.
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Hood hinges & springs, hood catch and pin were phosphate & oil finish. The finish can be replicated using a DIY kit or, as I have done, immersing in a 50/50 phosphoric acid/water solution overnight then oiling with light machine oil and wiping off the excess.
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I found some other reading on this topic elsewhere and I ordered some Eastwood Phosphate in a can. Anyone used this?
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There was also an article in Mustangs Monthly about how to do a Oil-Phospate finish. It should be online by now.
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