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Looked at my headers today and they look awful, discolored and just ugly, I plan to clean them tomorrow but I saw on another forum somebody Rustoleum'd their headers with high heat (1200F) paint. I know Rustoleum also makes a 2000F automotive paint.

Well it seems like a inexpensive alternative to wrapping the headers or having them shipped off to get powder coated... Has anybody done it the paint method successfully? Just kind of curious if it works!

Thanks ahead of time!

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Ceramic coating is the way to go, but still it can chip a bit on headers where the wheel throws little rocks at it all day...



Had them done on my FZ8, for the complete line it cost me about 300$.
 

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Ceramic coating is the way to go, but still it can chip a bit on headers where the wheel throws little rocks at it all day...



Had them done on my FZ8, for the complete line it cost me about 300$.
That looks great, can you get that done at a detailing/paint shop or do you have to go to a specialized place? I know a guy who does detailing with a paint booth, maybe i'll give him a call.
 

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I'll have to give him a call, or just stop by (shop is 5 minutes from me) and see what it would cost, that black would look much better on my black '10 than the discolored gold tint that's formed on my headers now... Need to get my CS-One done too, the under can rusted after 1 season :(
 

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You can also buy some ceramic coating for about 15-20$ a can...but you need to bake it in your oven after...wife might not appreciate the fumes hehe
 

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Ceramic all the way. I put a Two Brothers full system on my Honda Hawk some 20yrs ago now. I paid the extra to have the ceramic coated pipes. Money well spent. Part of the advertising for the ceramic coating was the added performance in flow as the coating kept the pipes temp consistant. Not sure if the performance part worked, but they are easy to clean and still look great.
 

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Looked at my headers today and they look awful, discolored and just ugly, I plan to clean them tomorrow but I saw on another forum somebody Rustoleum'd their headers with high heat (1200F) paint. I know Rustoleum also makes a 2000F automotive paint.

Well it seems like a inexpensive alternative to wrapping the headers or having them shipped off to get powder coated... Has anybody done it the paint method successfully? Just kind of curious if it works!

Thanks ahead of time!

Rick
I previously had a bike with steel headers that had to painted to prevent rust. You need really high heat header primer then paint and must cure these in the oven according to directions on can. Don't do this with stainless steel headers like the Versys has, instead clean with metal polish. Paint comes off after a while and has to be maintained. Paint also goes flat and looks terrible after a few times reaching operating temperatures.
 

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I previously had a bike with steel headers that had to painted to prevent rust. You need really high heat header primer then paint and must cure these in the oven according to directions on can. Don't do this with stainless steel headers like the Versys has, instead clean with metal polish. Paint comes off after a while and has to be maintained. Paint also goes flat and looks terrible after a few times reaching operating temperatures.
Think i'm going to go the ceramic route. Not the first time i've heard that paint isnt great for SS. I did actually clean up my headers with metal polish yesterday. It looks weird, they were kind of that pale gold color ever since I bought the bike, now they looks shiny showroom fresh! Still looks weird to me though :D
 

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I've just ceramic coated mine. After a 1000km road trip look good, except for where i must have gone over wet paint. Marks all over the front end, and i see on the plastics too.
 

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Think i'm going to go the ceramic route. Not the first time i've heard that paint isnt great for SS. I did actually clean up my headers with metal polish yesterday. It looks weird, they were kind of that pale gold color ever since I bought the bike, now they looks shiny showroom fresh! Still looks weird to me though :D
Back "in-the-day" (the '60s, w/ cafe racers being IN), the cool deal was to put SS pipes on SO they would turn that lovely gold color, showing everyone else how cool YOU were!!! Especially the Alf Hagon pipes on Triumphs, that came back at a 45 degree angle, JUST like the road race guys...!

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