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Old 25th March 2008
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I used 220 grit to scuff them up. I went with the Krylon heat paint, good to 1500 they say. I used the Rustoleum on a different bike, it didn't seem to hold up as well as the Krylon. Also, the Krylon has a slightly glossier finish than the Rustoleum.
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IMHO don't use regular high heat "BBQ" paint. It drys flat like a chalkboard and is hard to maintain. I did mine last June 07 with Dupli-Color 1200 f Ceramic black (drys to a satin finish).

I scuffed the chrome pipes with 220, and primered with three coats. One flash and two heavier, then three coats of black, again one flash and two heavier.

I had the chrome heat shields media blasted and painted them the same as described above.


Fast forward 9 months:

The pipes are a little gray close to the heads, but hardly seen because of the heat shields. The shields look the same as they did the day I sprayed them.

On a side note, I couldn't cure the parts in the oven as recommended, so the first time I rode I buggered up one of the heat shields with my heal. I scuffed it a bit and fogged in a touch up. It looks great.

Next time I'll start and cool the bike a few times to cure the paint better.
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Would sandblasting the chrome parts give a better surface for the paint to adhere?
Aluminum Oxide works great for removing Chrome, but you'll need a Media Blast cabinet. Unless you want to waste 30 bucks for the media. You really won't need to get all the chrome off, just dull the surface uniformly and then clean it well with soap and water.
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I used a product called "VHT Flame Proof coating" by PJH Brands of Scottsdale, AZ. Made in USA. It's a rattlecan. Says it's good to 1500 deg F.
I used it on my heatshields last spring. First I took the chrome bits, "roughed them up" with whatever sandpaper I had laying around (I don't know what grit), then wiped them down good w/ acetone. When they were ready I took them out into the bright sunshine and hit them with three (3) coats of the above.
As soon as the paint was dry enough I reinstalled them and went for a ride.
That cured them of any thoughts they may've had of returning to their old chrome ways.
About two months later I spun out in some gravel and sort of, well, ended up doing a 180 and high-siding onto the bike's right side. All's that happened was that the heat shields got a few scrapes and scratches. I waited until autumn (to see if anything else might occur. Just kidding) then gave them another coat or two of the stuff. Now, it may not be the most bulletproof method--like, it ain't ceramic or powdercoat--but nothing will stand up to the abuse that occurs to the underside of an exhaust, so I figure if they get scratched, so what? Just spray 'em again in the off season.
Actually, this paint has stood up remarkably well and adheres fine to the chrome. And it's cheap.
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I just finished scuffing up the pipes tonight and like always I sit back and marvel at the brushed aluminum look. I think I'm going to keep them brushed for awhile. I can always paint them later. It's a hell of a lot easier to do it this way than it is to paint and go back to brushed.

Now if I can just figure out a way to install that mooneyes air cleaner that's been sitting on my workbench.
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I just finished scuffing up the pipes tonight and like always I sit back and marvel at the brushed aluminum look. I think I'm going to keep them brushed for awhile. I can always paint them later. It's a hell of a lot easier to do it this way than it is to paint and go back to brushed.

Now if I can just figure out a way to install that mooneyes air cleaner that's been sitting on my workbench.
When I scuffed my fender struts prior to paint I was thinkin' the same thing. They looked really cool.

Which ones did you cut up? The set in your sig pic, or...???
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the tommy guns in the sig pic. I'll post a pic wednesday. still trying to decide if i like the look.
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I wanted to add a comment about my weekend Duplicolor experience. The gloss paint seems to be really sensitive to the temperatire and I found that a couple of coats of semigloss which seams to go on really smooth and even and then following by gloss leaves a perfect finnish. If you just put the gloss over the primer, the paint pools and has to be wet sanded between coats till it finally covered properly. I have never had more problem with a can of paint then I had with the gloss. The gloss simply sucks till you can have a good base of black to work with.
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man i reallyy want to try this but i jus cant bear the thought of paintin something u dont have to paint brick paneling aluminum excetra
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