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My IH has faded black factory coating on the heads and cylinders. I called a powdercoat shop and they have nothing that can handle the heat. I got an expensive quote from a ceramic coating shop. What do people use to paint their iron? Do I need to sandblast the old coating off. I painted the cylinders of my Harley 45 with Harley Davidson brand cylinder paint and it started peeling after a few short years.
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VHT hi-temp engine enamel works well. Soda blasting or glass bead blasting is probably best but a good heavy prep-sanding will last a good long time.

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I just always used high heat engine paint. works good enough for me.
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well, the powder cure temp is 400 > 450* and usually around 20 minutes more or less after flow out. i have mine powder coated and the only place it cannot take the heat is on the dome section. once the powder starts to allow rust, i use vht black and it hides it well, actually can only see it looking down through the rocker boxes.
your coater thinks it sees exh temps which it does not due to heat sinking and air flow.
yep, i blasted them.
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The best +1000°F flat black paint I can get, works for me. Two coats.

Personally, "soda blasting" is my go to method.

I avoid "sandblasting" like the plaque. Silica sand is very nasty stuff.
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i'm convinced powder coating on the top end acts as insulation and holds the heat in.it's pretty obvious when you give it a good look.there has been magazine article on the subject some posted here.
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I have always used BBQ paint. It looks good for a few years then needs a touchup. I touch it up without dismantling any parts, just use a piece of cardboard to control any overspray, and wipe up the wee bits of overspray as I go along. Dried on chrome it comes off with simple rubbing.
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