His engine paint burns and flakes off

September 1, 2017 | By Staff


My 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air is equipped with the 265 V-8 and Powerglide and is restored to show quality. The problem is, if I drive the car very much, the paint on the intake manifold burns and flakes off in the center up by the carburetor. Do you know of a paint source that can supply the correct color enamel for my one-year-only 1956 Chevrolet V-8 that will not burn off?


My favorite source for engine enamel is Bill Hirsch Automotive. Hirsch’s engine enamels can sustain temperatures of 700 degrees Fahrenheit and continue to hold up well. I have a 1940 Packard that I restored in 1983. I coated its engine with Hirsch’s engine enamel at the time and it has held up for over 30 years without burning, discoloring of flaking.

The paint he offers is actually a form of aircraft engine enamel and is nearly impervious to heat, cold, moisture, solvents, etc. He also sells the correct one-year-only Chevrolet small-block cherry red for your engine.

As extra insurance with your hot intake manifold, you also can use a little of Hirsch’s silver enamel on the hottest hot spots to help insulate the final color coat. I did this on my 1957 Chevrolet 283 engine a few years ago and have had no problem with burning. You can reach Hirsch at:

Bill Hirsch Automotive 396 Littleton Ave. Newark, NJ 07103 | www.hirschauto.com