I want to paint my engine block and its ancillary parts while in the assembling process, but I don't know when would be the right time to do it. Should I paint the parts "before" being put together? Or should I paint them after being installed? I would like to keep the fasteners, nuts, gaskets with their own look, i.e., not painted (since I darkened the nuts, bolts and stubs, for instance).
I gonna use high gloss, high temp aluminum paint and the same but red for things like the valves cap, pulley, etc. I will hold the engine in an engine stand, if that could add something as for protecting the parts from being scratched.
So question is: when do you suggest I should do the paint job?