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Buy a red scotchbrite pad at any automotive supply place - they should be found in the autobody supply part of the store - and also get some Comet in powder form if you don't have any. If you're comfortable doing it, remove the cowl using instructions from HMA. It should be fairly easy to come off. Clean it really, really well with warm water and soap and degreaser. I can't stress how important it is that it's clean. After you know it's clean, wet it again with warm water... maybe keep a bucket of warm water near by so you can scoop more on to it. Pour a bit of Comet over the length of the cowl and use the red scotchbrite pad to sand the cowl. If the cowl is textured like I think it is, sand in circular motions too so you can try to get inside the grooves of the texture as much as possible. If it looks dry while sanding, wet the scotchbrite with the warm water and keep sanding. Basically, you'll be wet sanding with a scotchbrite pad. Note though - don't press really hard with the pad. Let the pad do the work, else you'll get some really hardcore scratches. After you feel it's done, rinse it with warm water again and dry it off with a chamois and let it sit in the sun for a bit to dry or use a hairdryer or something to make sure it's dry. After that, use paint of your choice. Flat black or satin black spray paint should be fine but whatever you use spray it evenly and in light coats 6-8 inches from the surface of the cowl. If you put it on very heavily you could run the paint and it'll look terrible. Put as many coats as desired until the paint looks as you wish it to look.

If all went well, your cowl should be painted and it shouldn't* peel off. Just be warned that you may have to do this again in a year or two when the paint eventually fades.

* no guarantees though
 
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