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Old 12-31-2012, 09:23 AM   #1
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Painting exhaust tips

So, I like the black look of the RTR exhaust but prefer the sound of my Roush AB's with Boss 302 sides.

So, I was thinking of painting my Roush tips black. The tips come off separately, so this should be pretty straight forward.

Some options:

1) Powder coat? Kind of looking for a DIY option, so this isn't very attractive.
2) Engine block / grill paint / caliper paint?
3) This: Black chrome painted the exhaust tips. - MercuryMarauder.net Forums looks nice ... good for 250 degrees, how hot do GT tips get?

Any other ideas? Maybe looking for a New Years Day project so preferably with stuff I can buy locally.

What kind of prep would I do? Clean, Sand it down, clean again, primer, then paint?

Thanks.
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Sounds like you already have it figured out. Local parts store will have everything you need. I use vht brand on my bike engines, but any high temp paint will work.
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My wife said "I like them shiny!" and I told her "when you get your Mustang you can keep them shiny".

The reviews on the Duplicolor chrome paint seem to be mixed ... so I may not go that route.
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My wife said "I like them shiny!" and I told her "when you get your Mustang you can keep them shiny".

The reviews on the Duplicolor chrome paint seem to be mixed ... so I may not go that route.
Duplicolor is good stuff. They probably let it sit to long.
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Yeah I like that RTR look too but they sound too bubbly for my taste so Im having mine powdercoated. Can only do flat black on high temp areas but gloss black would be hard to keep looking good, Id think. Considering painting the Borla text or just a stripe (ring) around the tips in a high temp gb (body color), or as close as I can get to gb, on top of the powdercoat. Just some thoughts.
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So, I like the black look of the RTR exhaust but prefer the sound of my Roush AB's with Boss 302 sides.

So, I was thinking of painting my Roush tips black. The tips come off separately, so this should be pretty straight forward.

Some options:

1) Powder coat? Kind of looking for a DIY option, so this isn't very attractive.
2) Engine block / grill paint / caliper paint?
3) This: Black chrome painted the exhaust tips. - MercuryMarauder.net Forums looks nice ... good for 250 degrees, how hot do GT tips get?

Any other ideas? Maybe looking for a New Years Day project so preferably with stuff I can buy locally.

What kind of prep would I do? Clean, Sand it down, clean again, primer, then paint?

Thanks.
Just buy high temp paint from autozone
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Just buy high temp paint from autozone
What kind of prep for polished stainless tips? I assume you'd need some sort of primer first?
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What kind of prep for polished stainless tips? I assume you'd need some sort of primer first?
Just scuff them with some 600 grit sandpaper .
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Will the paint stick to the chrome properly? You don't want it to chip off in a few weeks or months, etc.
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What kind of prep for polished stainless tips? I assume you'd need some sort of primer first?
Just scuff them up with like 800-1000 grit sand paper just enough to make the paint stick good. Ima paint my Roush Axleback tips as well I just need to buy the sand paper I already have the paint from when I painted my rims two weeks ago
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So, I like the black look of the RTR exhaust but prefer the sound of my Roush AB's with Boss 302 sides.

So, I was thinking of painting my Roush tips black. The tips come off separately, so this should be pretty straight forward.

Some options:

1) Powder coat? Kind of looking for a DIY option, so this isn't very attractive.
2) Engine block / grill paint / caliper paint?
3) This: Black chrome painted the exhaust tips. - MercuryMarauder.net Forums looks nice ... good for 250 degrees, how hot do GT tips get?

Any other ideas? Maybe looking for a New Years Day project so preferably with stuff I can buy locally.

What kind of prep would I do? Clean, Sand it down, clean again, primer, then paint?

Thanks.
I plastidipped my roush tips a few months back and they are still in great shape. I even power wash them when i wash the car.



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I plastidipped my roush tips a few months back and they are still in great shape. I even power wash them when i wash the car.
Those look nice how many coats did you put on
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I plastidipped my roush tips a few months back and they are still in great shape. I even power wash them when i wash the car.



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OP, maybe you should try ^this. That way you can peel off and re-apply if you need to, as well as revert back to chrome tips in the future.
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Those look nice how many coats did you put on
i think i went a little over kill and did like 5 or 6 coats lol. just wanted to make sure it was going to be good with the heat and so far so good. didnt scuff or anything in case i wanted to peel it off for any reason. only thing that happened so far was since im lowered i scrapped it on a drive way but all i had to do was use a little bit of thinner and smooth it out and respray it it and it looks new again.
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i think i went a little over kill and did like 5 or 6 coats lol. just wanted to make sure it was going to be good with the heat and so far so good. didnt scuff or anything in case i wanted to peel it off for any reason. only thing that happened so far was since im lowered i scrapped it on a drive way but all i had to do was use a little bit of thinner and smooth it out and respray it it and it looks new again.
Plasti dip can withstand high temps up to 200 degrees last I checked. My friend plasti dipped his entire car that's why
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winslow16, how did you get the plasti-dip to match your rear spoiler? It looks charcoal gray rather than black.
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winslow16, how did you get the plasti-dip to match your rear spoiler? It looks charcoal gray rather than black.
i think its because its a flat look. i used a black can and its darker in person so maybe a combo of the light and flat finish but i think it looks great and people actually notice it which make it pretty cool too
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i think its because its a flat look. i used a black can and its darker in person so maybe a combo of the light and flat finish but i think it looks great and people actually notice it which make it pretty cool too
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Don't the tips get above 200 degrees? I have hit them with my leg before and they were pretty damn hot. I am surprised that Plastidip worked on the tips. It looks great, though.
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Plasti dip can withstand high temps up to 200 degrees last I checked. My friend plasti dipped his entire car that's why
i actually thought about that. i wanted to get a new hood but to do it right you usually blend the fenders so the match is perfect but i also wanted to have the holes filled from my license plate and repainted and that alone would be close to $1000 so i was considering plastidipping since they make a glossifier now so it wont have a flat finish
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Don't the tips get above 200 degrees? I have hit them with my leg before and they were pretty damn hot. I am surprised that Plastidip worked on the tips. It looks great, though.
^Took the words out of my mouth. Im really surprised it doesnt melt or...knock on wood for ya...catch fire. :fear:
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I asked a friend to paint my Borla's flat black. When l went back to get my car, I nearly went into cardiac arrest and then started laughing! He had painted everything but the name. And it sticks out like a sore thumb. He still refuses to paint over the Borla name. He says it kind of sacrilegious!

Everytime l walk up to my car, l find myself looking at that bare spot and l feel embarrassed! One of them has to go!
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^Took the words out of my mouth. Im really surprised it doesnt melt or...knock on wood for ya...catch fire. :fear:
ive read up to about 315 degrees
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^Took the words out of my mouth. Im really surprised it doesnt melt or...knock on wood for ya...catch fire. :fear:
Well they haven't so I'm assuming it should be good!
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Well they haven't so I'm assuming it should be good!
Good, good! Thanks for testing! lol Although flaming tailpipes aren't all bad. :jester:
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Good, good! Thanks for testing! lol Although flaming tailpipes aren't all bad. :jester:
i can do that also lol. i probably would more often if i didnt have muffler
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You can always plasti dip them as well thats what i have at the moment and i looks sick have had it on for 3 months and it looks like the first day i did it.
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OK, went out for dinner this evening and while out picked up the Duplicolor Chrome paint. We will see how it goes tomorrow.

I'll post pics once they are done. Thanks all for the advice.
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OK, went out for dinner this evening and while out picked up the Duplicolor Chrome paint. We will see how it goes tomorrow.

I'll post pics once they are done. Thanks all for the advice.
Good luck man! Can't wait to see the pics.
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OK, went out for dinner this evening and while out picked up the Duplicolor Chrome paint. We will see how it goes tomorrow.

I'll post pics once they are done. Thanks all for the advice.
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I also did the plasti dip, 3 coats. About 2 months ago, and love the look. Still looks just as good as the day i sprayed them.


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First light coat applied ... the Duplicolor shadow stuff goes on well, and really seems to stick to the smooth surface.
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Done.

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Overall, it looks pretty good. I like the deep, glossy look since they match the "piano black" Forgestar's on the car. I'm a shiny not matte type of person.

It was a cool out and below the 60 degrees suggested application temperature, but I'd spray and immediately hit with a hairdryer and that worked really well. With the hairdryer I was able to re-attach the tip less than 30 mins after the last clear coat. I was able to handle the bottom of the tips since they don't show anyway ... but it was thoroughly dry to the touch.

I put it on pretty heavy ... but it does look different than just glossy black - it keeps the "black chrome" look.
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Done.

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Overall, it looks pretty good. I like the deep, glossy look since they match the "piano black" Forgestar's on the car. I'm a shiny not matte type of person.

It was a cool out and below the 60 degrees suggested application temperature, but I'd spray and immediately hit with a hairdryer and that worked really well. With the hairdryer I was able to re-attach the tip less than 30 mins after the last clear coat. I was able to handle the bottom of the tips since they don't show anyway ... but it was thoroughly dry to the touch.

I put it on pretty heavy ... but it does look different than just glossy black - it keeps the "black chrome" look.
Where did you get that roush gas cap ? BTW nice car bro. I'm loving the black and red. I'm thinkin of doin red accents on my black.
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Where did you get that roush gas cap ? BTW nice car bro. I'm loving the black and red. I'm thinkin of doin red accents on my black.
My car was a dealer-created "Roush package" that came with all sorts of Roush stuff (springs, CAI, exhaust, shift knob / boot, etc.).

The Ford dealership creates the faux-Roush cars and sells them. Knowing what I know now I could do without the bling, but it is what it is.
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