I'm also partial to Ford Corporate Dark Blue. Getting a good quality single stage from a local paint store would be optimal, but man, it's getting ridiculously expensive to buy paint that way.
I've had good luck with Duplicolor rattle cans. I like to use their high-temp primer before spraying on the color. While you don't really need "high-temp" paint, I find the high-temp rattle can stuff is pretty good quality. I even use the Duplicolor high-temp primer and paint on other parts.
I find it works best to spray on two coats of primer then multiple, light coats of color and and final, heavier "wet" coat. Be careful with the last coat to prevent runs.
Gypsy's points about trying to paint in cold weather are spot on. Living in Colorado, this is often a challenge for me. It's frustrating, but when it's cold outside, I simply cannot paint anything. I've tried warming up my garage, but the results are typically disastrous. The only time I get decent results is if I keep the garage warm overnight and let everything absorb heat and equalize. Even then it's hit or miss.
I'm attaching a picture of my latest engine as an example of a Duplicolor rattle-can job.
Good info. Thanks so much, I appreciate your input. Also, that engine looks great!
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