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No, leave it as-is. 12 70.59%
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:06 PM   #1
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Turbo compressor housing: paint it black?

I started painting some components black. I started with the air charge pipe and the nearby clamps.



Now I'm undecided on the turbo compressor housing itself. What do you think? Paint it black for complete stealth/sleeper look? Or leave it standing out?

I think at minimum, I will paint the two clamps on the compressor housing black.


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Old 07-07-2014, 12:28 PM   #2
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I'd leave it as is. Paint is simply going to act as an insulator and retain heat.

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Old 07-07-2014, 12:35 PM   #3
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I would use radiator paint, which actually helps emit heat.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:32 AM   #4
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*bump*

Only 5 votes? Come on! You guys have strong opinions. Share them
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:43 AM   #5
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Unless you drive with your hood open, I'd leave it as is and not worry about blacking out everything! Anyone that cares to look under the hood would probably have some knowledge of cars and notice a turbo in there even if it was painted black.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:47 AM   #6
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I say paint it black so Vin Diesel doesn't notice it before you guys race a 1/4 mile for pinks . In all seriousness though, nice setup!
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You bring up a good point about Vin Diesel. Even if we're not racing for pinks, he'd probably be pretty jealous of my turbo jeep, so I better paint it black for his own good.

BTW - the goal is not to try to hide the turbo from people that look under the hood. I just like my mods to look like they belong, rather than visually shout out "look at me! I'm a modification!".
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You bring up a good point about Vin Diesel. Even if we're not racing for pinks, he'd probably be pretty jealous of my turbo jeep, so I better paint it black for his own good.

BTW - the goal is not to try to hide the turbo from people that look under the hood. I just like my mods to look like they belong, rather than visually shout out "look at me! I'm a modification!".
If that's the case I think it looks great as is. The engine block is aluminum and unpainted, so it does match stock components already in the engine bay. If it was painted Orange Crush or Gecko green then it would probably stand out.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:52 PM   #9
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The engine block is aluminum and unpainted
But that unpainted aluminum engine block is hidden by a black engine cover...
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:59 PM   #10
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But that unpainted aluminum engine block is hidden by a black engine cover...
True, but I'm just saying it looks close to stock. It's not like an import turbo setup with shiny anodized pipes. Your setup looks good and doesn't scream "Look at me!"
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:42 PM   #11
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I wouldn't paint it, primarily because I don't think paint will hold up well to the heat cycling a turbo goes through.
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Old 07-08-2014, 03:12 PM   #12
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I wouldn't paint it, primarily because I don't think paint will hold up well to the heat cycling a turbo goes through.
Then you should read about high temp paints

That's also only the compressor side of the turbo. It only gets up into the 200*F range (at least this one does, on the Wrangler).

The turbine (exhaust) side, which gets really hot and goes through more extreme heat cycling, came pre-painted because the turbine side is cast iron and will quickly look like crap if it doesn't have a protective coat on it.

If high-temp paint can survive on the turbine side, then the compressor side should be no problem at all. There's plenty of documented cases online of successfully using various inexpensive high-temp paints (engine paint, bbq grill paint, etc) on compressor housings.

As long as the housing is cleaned/prepped before painting, and high-temp paint is used, there's no valid concern.
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Old 07-08-2014, 03:52 PM   #13
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I know you don't want it to stand out, but I would polish that thing. I had a polished magnacharger on my LS2 and polished my turbo on my Cummins. To me it's like a fine jewel amongst mediocrity when you open the hood lol.

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