Yeah, I'm worried about the finish...not sure if I want semi gloss or flat. I'm sure gloss is out. The whole 'theme' under the hood is going to be black and silver (either stainless, chrome or natural aluminum casting color) The block is black and the fender aprons, pulleys and brackets will all be black so I want to choose the best finish to compliment the engine...LOL. I am leaning towards semi gloss, but I'm open to suggestions. It will also be used to paint the cowl, firewall and hood hinges. I really like POR-15's Chassiscote. It is UV resistant and has high strength against chips and abrasion. I'm not going to base coat everything in POR-15 though...way to expensive!
I am going to have to use rattle cans because I have a ton of little things to paint and no room to do them all at once. I plan on sand blasting a few items and painting them right away. So getting the paint gun out and cleanup after each session would really suck! Rattle cans will be much more effective.
I have been using Rustoleum rattle can in Satin. Seem to adhere well and self levels. I did my rear spoiler in it and came out fairly well...I am seriously considering taping off the hood and shooting a coat of satin on the flat hood paint just so they match.
I used to use the Krylon satin black... they quit making it. The Rustoleum satin is a little bit glossier but nice. The rustoleum is what i used last time. I've heard good things about the Eastwood chassis black. My talents extend to rattle cans at this time. You can get custom blended colors put into rattle cans at most NAPA paint stores. I had some yellow mixed for touch-up on my car.