I've decided to tidy up the engine bay in my 51 Chevrolet 3100 pick up, it's been fitted with an off topic Perkins Prima 2 litre turbo diesel engine due to the price of fuel here ( The cheapest within a 15 mile radius of home is £1.21 a litre or around £5.50 for an imperial gallon, and the VAT tax is going up again in the New Year) I need a paint that will stay on, some 20 odd years ago I painted a complete engine with Woolworths own brand household paint as it was free and the colour I wanted, unbelievably the stuff stuck like s*** to a blanket,was high in solids and only slightly burnt on the manifold of a souped up Mini, obviously this paint is no longer available. A ceramic coating, stove enamelling or similar high cost coating is out of the question due to the current economic situation ( no budget). I have used VHT and Sperex (sp?)in the past but found the result unsatisfactory perhaps due to poor preparation or more likely too few coats of paint (aerosol) being applied and / or not being allowed to cure properly. A friend of mine who always rides oldish but very tidy motorcycles swears by Blackboard paint on the tubular manifolds, I would assume that paint for BBQ s and cast iron woodstoves would be suitable for this purpose. I understand that black being the obvious colour here is not ideal as it has a reputation for retaining heat but needs must, and my truck is to be used as a tidy driver. I would like to hear of your successes with "alternative" paints on cast ehhaust manifolds.