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Old 04-20-2002, 11:27 PM   #1
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I got my Blitz FMIC on friday and I've started to install it. A big Stencel of the Blitz logo came with it. It's the perfact size to put on the intercooler. Has anybody ever painted one? I think it would look pretty sweet. Like the Turbo XS (or mabe it's XS engeneering) that has "XS" painted on theirs.
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Old 04-20-2002, 11:32 PM   #2
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there's a special heat paint that you can use...and if you can do it opposite(paint the entire intercooler minus the blitz section) it makes the intercooler more efficient somehow.

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Old 04-20-2002, 11:40 PM   #3
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do you mean just like regular high heat paint? Are you serious about it being more efficent? I don't see how that would work.
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Old 04-21-2002, 12:11 AM   #4
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it a supposed paint that will help disburse heat quicker....i am sure someone else can shed some more light on this subject.

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Old 04-21-2002, 01:23 AM   #5
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I don't know if they have an actual paint that will do it, but I do know they have a special coating that will. Swain Technologies http://www.swaintech.com/ specializes in such coatings...

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Old 04-21-2002, 01:34 AM   #6
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it a supposed paint that will help disburse heat quicker....i am sure someone else can shed some more light on this subject.
Hmmmmm... I don't see how it could.
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Old 04-21-2002, 02:03 AM   #7
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Paint, I think, would act as an insulator, but Swain Tech does have a coating that will raidiate heat more effciently from an IC per se...

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Old 04-21-2002, 11:47 PM   #8
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maybe its a metallic paint.. little bits of aluminized paint...

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Old 04-22-2002, 03:36 PM   #9
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It's probably the same theory behind jet-hot type coating. What can keep the heat out can also keep the cold in.
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Old 04-22-2002, 06:23 PM   #10
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The intercooler is a heat EXCHANGER. Transfers heat from the compressed air to the atmosphere. I would avoid coating the aluminum as it is a relatively efficient heat transfer material.

If you must coat it for aesthetic purposes, look at anodizing. Its a thin coating, it provides some corrosion protection (important in MI, GTR) and offers some cool colors. Just my $0.02.
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The intercooler is a heat EXCHANGER. Transfers heat from the compressed air to the atmosphere. I would avoid coating the aluminum as it is a relatively efficient heat transfer material.

If you must coat it for aesthetic purposes, look at anodizing. Its a thin coating, it provides some corrosion protection (important in MI, GTR) and offers some cool colors. Just my $0.02.
you mean it's not a front mount intake?


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you mean it's not a front mount intake?


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Old 04-22-2002, 11:33 PM   #13
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I don't want to coat the whole thing. Just the word "Blitz" I realize the it may not work as well (if it's noticable is a whole other argument). I'm basicly wondering if I'll ruin it because the paint is blocking and mixing or whatever. Or if the paint will simply insulate a little bit.
Did that come out right?
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Old 04-23-2002, 12:12 AM   #14
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it just hit me! the intercooler cools by having air go throught it so painting just the tops of the fins shouldn't effect it at all. it's just the top not the actual inner working. umm... like drawing on the pages of a closed book... when it's closed you got this cool little thing but you don't notice the marks when the book is open.... or something....
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Good analogy - only difference is that painting an IC is like painting an open book. Just don't shoot too much paint because it will coat the exchange surfaces of the fins.

My guess would be to do it in fairly still air from the top with the IC lying down.

OR

Use a permenant marker. If you wanted the design in black, grab a black sharpy, mark the area with either a stencil or put the design on graph paper and just draw it with a ruler

OR

Use a rubber roller and ink with a stencil (printing or T-Shirt ink would do, just don't use too much. (or even an errasor used stamp styles with permenant ink

(I'd personally go with the marker, it'll last and it's easy)

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