Enamel paints typically offer a hard, glossy finish and have excellent color retention. In addition, enamel can provide superior heat resistance—a must for automotive engine use. Because under hood temperatures generally run between 250 and 300 degrees, a good engine paint is usually rated to handle temperatures up to 500 degrees—and beyond.
When properly cured, enamel paints not only offer excellent chip resistance, they also resist rust and corrosion. They are also fairly simple to apply—either by brush, roller, or spray, depending on the paint—making them easy to work with even when your engine is still inside the engine bay. The most common engine paints are sprays and often involve simple “rattle-can” aerosol cans.
Last but not least, enamels can be formulated in a wide range of colors, allowing manufacturers to offer a huge array of options