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Old 12/23/09, 07:36 PM   #1
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What is best paint for painting headers

Anyone had any luck painting headers, if so, what kind of paint did you use? I know it has to be for high heat, maybe one works better than another?
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Old 12/23/09, 09:22 PM   #2
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Try the high temp paint in a spray can at most auto parts stores. I've also heard that some use the spray paint in the hardware stores for BBQ grills as it can withstand the high temps also.
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Old 12/23/09, 10:03 PM   #3
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I had the ones on my c-10 Chevy powder coated, they came out great.
cost me about $40

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Old 12/23/09, 10:04 PM   #4
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i heard about VHT making some good high temp paint for headers.
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Old 12/23/09, 10:28 PM   #5
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none. they will ALL burn off. pay for the coated ones or dont waste your time.
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Old 12/23/09, 11:52 PM   #6
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I had a set sandblasted and then sprayed them with VHT and they looked like they were brand new. They held up pretty well considering they were on a circle track racecar burning 112 octane fuel and bolted to a motor that was all tricked out. I chose to have them sandblasted again after our 18 week race season but it wasn't because they were messed up I was gonna make some changes to them and wanted bare metal to work with. Did the work, cleaned them real good and sprayed them again. Looked like brand new again. If you'll have them sandblasted and then spray them with the VHT it'll stick just fine.

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Old 12/24/09, 01:06 AM   #7
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Circle track is way different than everyday real world driving in a 4x4. Paint burns off period. While usually the bottom end of the headers may stay looking good the top end near the head will turn white. Now if you paint the headers white then it wont be as noctiecable. There are some ceramic based paints but still unless you prep the headers correctly like sand blasting it wont stay on either.

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Old 12/24/09, 06:40 AM   #8
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This stuff works great.
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Old 12/24/09, 08:25 AM   #9
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I sandblasted a set of old headers that had a flame spray aluma coat on them, and had rusted up pretty good. Painted them with rustoleum 2000 degree high heat silver and it has held up with no flaking or peeling for about 1000 miles in last six months. The paint has stuck well to the sand blasted surface so far.
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Old 12/24/09, 08:42 AM   #10
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Check out under their coatings. They have a paint a buddy of mine used on stock manifolds and they look GREAT !! I'm going to try it on my headers when I get around to it.

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Old 12/24/09, 09:39 AM   #11
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After all the OG paint burned off mine, I "blued" them. Get them hot, a little oil on a rag, hold your breath and start wiping...They got a nice dark blue color and don't show any surface rust at all after 5 years. The paint looked better for the week or so it stuck but the bluing looks much better than flaking paint and rust.
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Old 12/24/09, 09:54 AM   #12
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A friend of the family restores antique tractors and he swears by the 2000 degree BBQ paint. Thats all he uses and with great results. Gotta sandblast them first though.


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Old 12/24/09, 09:56 AM   #13
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Old dirt tracker trick from the 40s-50s, clean the surface by sandblast or chem. stripping , get hot and wipe castor oil on surface , heap big smoke and it might have to be done several times to build a carbon layer but it works .
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Old 12/25/09, 06:15 PM   #14
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I'm continuely amazed how many people offer suggestions with absolutely no first hand experience.
Having tried nearly every product on the market, the only ones I've had long term success with are, thermal spray and professionally applied ceramic coatings. Lot to be said for TIG welded stainless.
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Old 12/25/09, 06:56 PM   #15
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I used the VHT high temp then I wrapped them with header wrap havent had a problem in 8 months with these header that i have on there now!
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