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Old 24th March 2008
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Default High Heat Rattle Can Exhaust

I read several months ago that some guys were using "High Heat" spray paint on the exhaust system as a affortable way vs. Ceramic coating them black.

I want to know;
"How did you prepair your chrome pipes" for painting and how well has it lasted?

I can't afford "Cermic coating" and want black pipes - Thanks...
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i have heard of guys using BBQ paint for pipes. should be able to get it at most hardware stores

as for prep, i would scuff the chrome up with some sandpaper.
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I have done it on several pipes.
I just did it Saturday on sme new pipes.
I scuffed the chrome with a sanding disc and painted it wih 3 coats of Rust-o-leum high heat bbq paint.
No probelms with others I have done.
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If Done properly- using the better High heat paints- like VHT 1500º as an example, you can expect as good or better results. When properly cured, High Heat Exhaust paint IS Ceramic Coated !
PS- While BBQ paint is similar to Exhaust paint, it's actually inferior to VHT 1500º Flame Proof.

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I'll be using Dupli-color's High Heat with Ceramic primer and black paint. This stuff is made for exhaust and it's also gas and oil resistant (I don't think bbq is)

I'll scuff the pipes with a scotch-brite pad first then make sure they are nice and clean. Then I'll do 2 coats of primer. After the paint cures, I'll do 2 light coats and a medium coat of black.

Hopefully the pipes come in today and they aren't damaged, unlike the last ones.
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I would scuff them with more than Scotchbrite. Chrome is tough stuff. I used 220 grit sand paper and then used a self-etching primer before painting. Also, I agree with the Duplicolor High Heat over the Rustoleum. It's good to 1200* while the Rustoleum is only good to 500. Just my opinion, tho. Good luck and let us know how you make out.
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Red, not green Scotch-brite pads.

I painted every piece of chrome that was on this bike when I got it a few years ago. Still holding strong.
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Would sandblasting the chrome parts give a better surface for the paint to adhere?
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Would sandblasting the chrome parts give a better surface for the paint to adhere?
I don't know if the sand would work better than beads or not. My dad tried to do mine a couple of weeks ago and the beads wouldn't touch the chrome. They came out ok, but the paint comes of really really easily. I think I'm going to do the scrotch-brite pad and see if i can get it to come out better.
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The duplicolor likes to pool if it is cold outside. Don't use it unless you get to about 70. I just used it this weekend. The gloss pools more than the semigloss when it is cold outside. I get to do it again this weekend. The gloss painted perfect on my side covers when it was warm out. Never thought the paint would not love the cold that much.

Aside, I dropped the front header so I get to do it again anyway. Lots of base to keep the heat in the pipes.
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