requesting info on calyx exhaust dressing and underhood black finishes

Discussion in 'Color is everything!' started by TTNC, Aug 6, 2017.

  1. TTNC

    TTNC Well-Known Member

    Jim Weise is doing a motor for me soon so I figured it'd be a perfect time to clean up the engine bay. The manifolds need some serious cosmetic help and so I dug into what was out there and found out about this stuff.

    How messy is it? From what I have read it fully cures once the engine runs and the manifolds get hot, but does it dry at all after you apply it and before you run the engine? I guess I have this idea in my head that the stuff will be like anti-seize compound until it cures and that it will get everywhere and stick to everything and make a mess, especially when you go to put the manifolds back on the heads.

    On a related note...can someone confirm or correct the following finishes:
    firewall: chassis black
    frame: chassis black
    control arms: satin black
    inner wheel wells/fenders: satin black
    core support and radiator cover: satin black
    full size car air cleaners (those with the "455-4" decal): satin black

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    The Por-15 manifold paint works awesome
     
  3. Chi-Town67

    Chi-Town67 Gold Level Contributor

    That stuff works great! Not messy at all. You can use a foam "brush" or your finger with some nitrile gloves or even a rag. It also works great on master cylinders and cast iron brake calipers. Rub it in and wipe off the excess and your done. My experience with Por-15 was that it only lasted a couple of years before rust started happening again. That's when I started using the Calyx to freshen up the manifolds without having to remove them. .................Y.M.M.V.
     
  4. TTNC

    TTNC Well-Known Member

    So does it dry to the touch after you wipe off the excess?
     
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  5. rkammer

    rkammer '71 GS455 Arctic White

    You can save some money and get the same results by using Crane Assembly Lube. The two products are the same, just labeled differently.
     
  6. gstewart

    gstewart Well-Known Member

    does semi-gloss black = satin black?
    I used Rustoleum semi-gloss black on the firewall, fender liners, control arms, rad cradle, rad top plate and frame.
    Me thinks that the breather is gloss black
     
  7. Chi-Town67

    Chi-Town67 Gold Level Contributor

    I don't know, I never touched anything after applying. I'll have to test a couple spots and report back.
     
  8. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    All air cleaners were gloss black. Don't make that big mistake and paint it anything but gloss.
     
  9. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    Also all original firewalls I have seen were pretty flat.
     
  10. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    The Calyx stuff is Awesome. Nice thing is you can always touch it up with a finger. Can't do that with a paint. The little tub lasts forever. A little goes a long way
     
  11. TTNC

    TTNC Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info guys...I'm reading elsewhere that people tend to like the calyx dressing but it can be messy to use and will rub off on your fingers.

    Current black is flat and dusty
     

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  12. gstewart

    gstewart Well-Known Member

    Remember that over the years, the paints lose their gloss.
     
  13. Art B

    Art B Well-Known Member

    The Calyx is like shoe polish. It can be messy, but with gloves and a rag it is easy to apply. Like shoe polish it can be buffed with a rag to remove any excess. Leaves a nice sheen.
     
  14. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    Once on you have no real reason to touch the manifolds anyway so you will forget they are messy.
     
  15. Chi-Town67

    Chi-Town67 Gold Level Contributor

    Well, today I tested the master cylinder that I coated this past spring and it was dry to the touch. No smearing at all.
     
  16. TTNC

    TTNC Well-Known Member

    Thanks for checking!
     

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