My engine cover, centre grey portion, got scratched. I did it. So I sanded it down and used the proper prep for plastic spray and used a paint for plastic. Turned out rather nice, let it sit for a week to dry. But now I see that the hood covering has been touching the engine cover and has transferred itself onto the painted cover in two locations and the paint ate a hole into the cloth hood covering. The painted surface feels tacky from the immense heat generated from the engine and as for my paint job I have obviously screwed up somewhere. So now I'm wanting to know is this engine cover just for looks or is it a necessary part and needed for cooling the engine or can this thing just be left off. Oh almost forgot the cover sits down onto a part at the front and its either wearing or melting a hole into the bottom of the centre and should probably be through sometime shortly.