I also use west systems epoxy to close and seal the cowling.
After that, I paint on a couple coats of Diamond Brite aluminum paint.
It creates a nice oil and fuel proof surface and since it has a high aluminum pigment content, it also acts as a heat shield.
On my last RV8, I didnít install the foil heat shield and saw no adverse effects due to heat inside the cowling.
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