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Old 07-31-2014, 03:21 PM
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Should I bother painting engine valley?

I've been working on rebuilding my fuel filter/water separator assembly. At this point, I've got everything out so I can see the engine valley real well. It's pretty rusty. Is there any point in painting it? I don't care about cosmetics; I'm just wondering if I should be worried about the rust.
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I've been working on rebuilding my fuel filter/water separator assembly. At this point, I've got everything out so I can see the engine valley real well. It's pretty rusty. Is there any point in painting it? I don't care about cosmetics; I'm just wondering if I should be worried about the rust.
If the block is so rusty it's eating itself, you've got bigger fish to fry. Is the rust eating anything else?
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I've been working on rebuilding my fuel filter/water separator assembly. At this point, I've got everything out so I can see the engine valley real well. It's pretty rusty. Is there any point in painting it? I don't care about cosmetics; I'm just wondering if I should be worried about the rust.
Can't imagine anything rusting up top on the engine, unless it was sitting outside for a long period of time. If it was me I certainly would clean it up since it is accessible and throw some paint on it.
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Personally, I feel good about a rusty valley! That means that nothing is leaking, LOL
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Personally, I feel good about a rusty valley! That means that nothing is leaking, LOL
You have a good point there!!!
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i can't imagine its that rusty up there. the engine i'm rebuilding was rusty as anything on the outsides of the block and head from being in a plow truck for 200k miles. once all the crud and gunk was cleaned out of the valley i was surprised to see the factory paint was still good as new underneath it all.

the only things that should wind up in the valley are diesel fuel and engine oil - both of which will hold on to crud like its their job, but also prevent rust. ...like its their job.
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The only time my valley was rusty was when my water injection nozzle broke and sprayed water all over.
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The only time my valley was rusty was when my water injection nozzle broke and sprayed water all over.
sounds like you didnt have enough oil leaks before that water leak happened! :-)
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White paint for visibility?

Might consider white paint (oil & gas resistant, if you can find it) while everything is apart. White background is easier to see things (dropped parts, leaks) against, and reflects some light back into the engine bay. Better than a dingy, dirty background.

I spray-bombed my valve covers white when I had them off to do UHVC & glow plugs; the white background helps when I have other things to see & find.
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sounds like you didnt have enough oil leaks before that water leak happened! :-)
No, I had electric fuel so could clean it all up and keep it that way. When I'm checking things over, that's one thing I look at. In the past I had plenty of leaks in there, especially before e fuel.
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Heh, guess I flaked out on this post Thanks for the feedback, everyone. Posting an image of my valley below; whatcha' think?

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Nothing wrong with that valley! If you want to paint it, now is the time.
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