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Diablo

Paint Tips and Muffler Bypass Pipes

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All,

Does anyone know the best way to paint my stainless steel tips and muffler bypass pipes? I want to paint then in a satin black.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Any paint will be short-lived due to the extreme heat cycling those components see. Paint just seems to flake off after a while. If you're willing to be married to constant touch-ups, use heat-proof paint that needs to be oven cured, at the very least.

The longest lasting solution would be some sort of black chrome or bluing process (electrochemical plating), but you would have to check the compatibility with your base metal (stainless) first.

Regards,

BD

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Senor Diablo,

check out Schnell, they have the black tips already painted black, so if they don't work at least you can stand to replace them with warranty from them (www.vertexauto.com). Not sure about the bypass pipes, off-the counter you can get "appliance spray paint" at some stores, but I can't remember what the temp range is, I think if below 250 F for that paint, so it may peel off. On the other hand, cheap enough to retouch every once in a while.

Otherwise, you may need a professional deposition process as BD mentions.

Izzy

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Go powdercoated. Very tough, looks great and will stand up better than paint. I had a set of tips done in black and it was only $50 and that included the blasting to prep the surface.........

J.D.

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All,

Does anyone know the best way to paint my stainless steel tips and muffler bypass pipes? I want to paint then in a satin black.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Don't do it yourself. Stainless is harder to paint than other metals (also to weld and to plate.) Powedercoat should hold up and is not that expensive, a high temp appliance enamel should also do it. Professionally applied paints are catalized and or cured differently and it's a specialty thing. DIY with caution, experience, and some expensive tools.

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All,

Does anyone know the best way to paint my stainless steel tips and muffler bypass pipes? I want to paint then in a satin black.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Don't do it yourself. Stainless is harder to paint than other metals (also to weld and to plate.) Powedercoat should hold up and is not that expensive, a high temp appliance enamel should also do it. Professionally applied paints are catalized and or cured differently and it's a specialty thing. DIY with caution, experience, and some expensive tools.

There is a pretty good and not too expensive powdercoating kit available from The Eastwood Company. Works great, all you need is a small oven.

Regards, Maurice.

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