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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-13-2017, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on Painting exhaust System

I have a 2.5" Aluminized Kit from Dan @ CIA arriving shortly. I upgraded the tails to polished stainless but could not afford the entire kit in stainless.

So, I was thinking of getting some Silver Hi-Temp Exhaust Paint, clean the new pipes real well and then (Rattle can) paint them. I think this will at least keep them looking good for a while even though the rust probably starts from the inside. I will also be using 4" wide band Clamps at all the joints.

So what do you guys think....is it worth the effort to rattle can these or just bolt the system on and call it a day? I would be painting the Pipes and the Mufflers.

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I'd get the 1200 degree rustoleum and go to town on it, especially any welds. maybe two coats and stay on it over the years. gotta help.

look at the stockers and note the drain hole on the back end of the muffler body - probably a good idea to duplicate.

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Well if it were me, I'd leave it along, but hey if you want to have something other than the dull aluminized look after a few years you could try the rattle can after scuffing the surface well.

I remember Eastwood selling a silver High temp paint in a can that I used on an exhaust manifold many moons ago. It would prob work well on anything after the cats, but who's to say.

If you like, I can take pix of the tailpipes I still have from Dan's system I bought and installed in 01/2009, so you can have an idea of what the color of the pipe will be in 8 years.

For me, really, it would depend on how well the X-Pipe is tucked up under the car, as you won't see the over-the-axle pipes unless you pull a rear wheel.

My new custom bent system is tucked up even closer to the body than Dan's system sat. For reference I could also take you a low to the ground picture of my car from the side, as well as a waist high picture.

Let me go look thru my phone for anything I currently may have. As an FYI the picture in my SIG is of Dan's system, and not the current one. I need to wash and wax her and take some new pix.

LMK....

Here's a current pix. Ugly background, no great light, but you get the picture, literally This was right after I finished fixing the transmission pan leak, hence the pan under the car in case I had over filled it.


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4Door, I can understand your concern. Living where salted roads are the flavorite in winter. I'm doing my headers in this. Hot Jet High Heat For Exhausts - Ceramic Paints I"m thinking that you wouldn't need to hit the pipes with an abrasive blaster. Just scuff it up and wipe it down with something good to remove the oil. Wear some nitrile gloves while you're doing it then have at it either spray or maybe brush it on.

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FWIW, if the steel parts touch the stainless steel, it will contaminate the stainless where they touch, and the stainless will get some rust on it.

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Aluminizing keeps the pipes from rusting. There should be no reason to do anything to them.

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I'm really on the fence as to whether I paint the pipes/mufflers at all or just leave them alone. Really appreciate all the input.

My first concern is how best to paint these individual pipes and then get them on the car so I can bake the product. Some paints I've seen recommend you bake inbetween coats. I was looking at Por 15's high temp paint would could just be brushed on.

At this point, I'm not dealing with a show car either when it comes to the underside of the car. Just thought this may be worth doing if I had the time to get these all painted and also an area to do it in. Right now with the weather and the colder temps does not make this an ideal time to be painting.

I'll check with POR tech support to see what I may be up against to do this off the car using their hi temp stuff. If it looks to be too much of a pita I may just bolt it on and just listen to the exhaust and not worry so much how it looks.

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Well if it were me, I'd leave it along, but hey if you want to have something other than the dull aluminized look after a few years you could try the rattle can after scuffing the surface well.

I remember Eastwood selling a silver High temp paint in a can that I used on an exhaust manifold many moons ago. It would prob work well on anything after the cats, but who's to say.

If you like, I can take pix of the tailpipes I still have from Dan's system I bought and installed in 01/2009, so you can have an idea of what the color of the pipe will be in 8 years.

For me, really, it would depend on how well the X-Pipe is tucked up under the car, as you won't see the over-the-axle pipes unless you pull a rear wheel.

My new custom bent system is tucked up even closer to the body than Dan's system sat. For reference I could also take you a low to the ground picture of my car from the side, as well as a waist high picture.

Let me go look thru my phone for anything I currently may have. As an FYI the picture in my SIG is of Dan's system, and not the current one. I need to wash and wax her and take some new pix.

LMK....

Here's a current pix. Ugly background, no great light, but you get the picture, literally This was right after I finished fixing the transmission pan leak, hence the pan under the car in case I had over filled it.

Yeah, I was looking at some eastwood stuff too.

Any Pics you have would love to see of how Dan's System in aluminized looks years later. My old Flowmaster American Thunder System is still Solid but the aluminized metal looks like crap now but is still solid. Turns out I have a buyer for that system once I remove it so it's a win/win (recycling at its best) since you cant get the FM kit for the Impala/Caprice anymore.

As for the Xpipe and how it sits. I have heard that the kit from Pypes has an issue where it sort of hangs down a little. Have not heard of this issue with the kit from Dan. It's worth mentioning that while working with Dan who is a GREAT guy to bounce ideas off of, asked me about the Tubular Cross member I have on my car.

I bought this used from another Member years ago and it is the bar he sells. Now whether he makes them himself or not, he asked me which xmember I had....his older or new style? Turns out I have the older style xmember and he may have redesigned his somewhat from what I understand. The disappointing part for me is had I had the older style xmember, he has and as he put it (I may not have this verbatim) "a newer way to bend up the system and route it better" but need the newer style xmember. Needless to say, I just have to go with the system he has put out before which I'm sure will be fine.

I only wanted to mention this cause if anyone is considering a system from Dan (CIA Exhaust), be sure to ask him about this new Xmember design. It may be something you want to incorporate into your exhaust build and Dan can make the proper recommendations. Besides going to a Tubular bar is a better option for Weight, appearance and ease of working under the car.

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As an FYI Here's a pic of the tails I installed on 01/2009. As you can see the aluminizing holds up well, with the only thing getting ugly is the hangers, which I assume were made from mild steel, and rusted along with the welds.

Also as a note the ends facing the ground were the output that used to scrape on driveways and whatnot because the system hung below the quarter panels, and I used to have the Hotchkis springs in the back. Both of which have been replaced in my current setup.

Also remember the tail pipes are going to be part of the system that gets the most debris, and road junk sprayed on them. The aluminizing has held up well.

Try your best to ignore the rest of the junk that needs to make a trip to the recycler.


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"ignore the rest of the junk"?....that's not Junk, its Lawn Art. working on my own Lawn art and a trip to the recycler is coming up once I get rid of the 96 I'm parting.


Appreciate the Pic of those Pipes and they don't look bad at all. I may just leave them alone but as I usually do with this kind of stuff, I'll change my mind at least 6 or 7 times on whether to paint or not.

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