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Is it necessary to paint motor?

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In the process of prepping the motor to repaint it, I think I stripped almost all the old coating (with the help of paint stripper and the dremel). But now I really like the motor in it's stripped state and don't want to paint it. It has a nice "patina" to it actually

Is it really necessary to actually paint the motor? If I leave it unpainted, would it be enough to spray it down every so often with some kind of lubricant (like WD40)? Thanks.
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would love to paint my engine black (matt), but lack the patience to spends 10's of hours sanding it, prepping it, degreasing, priming and then making a great mess of the paintjob and have it looking worse than it is.

only had the engine back in the bike a couple of days after it's rebuild, it's got a nice coating of grease on it at the moment holding the dreaded white fur at bay, but might have to give it a spray with the fancy acf-50 once I find out where they sell the stuff.

I degreased and pressure washed my engine, hit it with a self-etching primer, and shot it down with the VHT Titanium Metallic Silver. Looks good enough for me

if it's that easy then I'll give it a go! - was the engine completely stripped or in one chunk at the time ?
where did the delete post button go ?
I have, on occasion, (usually when I'm washing it in the spring after baking dirt on all winter) contemplated painting the engine of my winter machine with PlastiKote Engine Enamel #233 Cummins Beige so the dirt will show less

oooh a beige engine would be nice. do they also do cacky brown ?

i just accidentally gave you a brownie point for this post, meant to hit multireply and missed... clicked on the + button and the negative button then disapears so it's undoable, unlike the paintjob

tried to click add reply, but got a hung browser a few times, hopefully works this time....
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