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Old 07-21-2013, 08:28 PM   #1
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Blackened Stainless Steel Exhaust Tips

We have been DeChroming my son's GT since we bought it. Now, the ONLY chrome is the GT in the middle of the faux gas cap as well as the lug nuts......(which are about to be black chrome)
I do a lot of golf club customization and routinely black oxide putters as well as having a chemical blackener for Stainless Steel. It is sold by a company called Caswell Plating. We were plasti-dipping the gas cap and I looked a the exhaust tips. My son asked if we could blacken them like I do putters. No problem......
Here are before and after pics of the exhaust tips.
It still shows the etching on the sides as well as keeps a slightly brushed look, but it is a darkened Stainless steel. Only took 5 min per side and will look better over time.





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This was a awesome idea! Never crossed my mind but I knew of the process, lol. I'm totally doing this now. Thanks for the write up and picks.
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No prob SmO

Here is a link of the solution that I used. I use it all of the time on stainless steel putters and golf clubs.

Stainless Steel Blackener - 8 fl oz - Metal Finishing Solutions - Caswell Inc

Very easy to use, I use small piece of super fine scotchbrite pad and a plastic catch pan beneath the pipe. Very gently rub the pipe with the solution dipping the pad in it constantly. Lightly cover the area until it gets to the right darkness for you. Quickly wipe it dry when it gets to the tone you want and then lightly oil it only once with oil. Over time, it will patina a bit darker. If you ever want to go back to Stainless, just rub with a steel wool and it will be back to standard stainless steel.
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I like that old school stang in the back looks very nice...
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I envy your son lol. Beautiful cars. That car in the background looks amazing.

Im definitely going to look into this as well, looks a thousand times better then plasti dip. My father is a huge golfer, and hes had some stuff done with this as well, but it never even crossed my mind to use it on exhaust tips. Excellent idea.
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No prob SmO

Here is a link of the solution that I used. I use it all of the time on stainless steel putters and golf clubs.

Stainless Steel Blackener - 8 fl oz - Metal Finishing Solutions - Caswell Inc

Very easy to use, I use small piece of super fine scotchbrite pad and a plastic catch pan beneath the pipe. Very gently rub the pipe with the solution dipping the pad in it constantly. Lightly cover the area until it gets to the right darkness for you. Quickly wipe it dry when it gets to the tone you want and then lightly oil it only once with oil. Over time, it will patina a bit darker. If you ever want to go back to Stainless, just rub with a steel wool and it will be back to standard stainless steel.
What exhaust is that?
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Hmm...I was going to have mine ceramic coated. I might just try this instead.
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Wow!! Both cars are beautiful!!!
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We have been DeChroming my son's GT since we bought it. Now, the ONLY chrome is the GT in the middle of the faux gas cap as well as the lug nuts......(which are about to be black chrome)
I do a lot of golf club customization and routinely black oxide putters as well as having a chemical blackener for Stainless Steel. It is sold by a company called Caswell Plating. We were plasti-dipping the gas cap and I looked a the exhaust tips. My son asked if we could blacken them like I do putters. No problem......
Here are before and after pics of the exhaust tips.
It still shows the etching on the sides as well as keeps a slightly brushed look, but it is a darkened Stainless steel. Only took 5 min per side and will look better over time.
Lets see some pics of thy sweet old girl in the back ground
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How do you guys think these would look black? And how hard would it be to use this chemical on it?

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What exhaust is that?
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DurnStang, there are some pics of his restomod in my photo album. I am keeping that car here while he is heading off to school next month. Plan is for him to always keep that car since it was his first car and one that he spent a LOT of sweat working on and building.


It is easy Adogg. If you dont like the look, simply steel wool the finish off. It works on Stainless Steel, not chrome. The solution is a dip, but if you use the finest scotch brite pad you can find, and just like I stated above, gently rub the solution over the stainless steel and catching the over spill below. You even the finish out by rubbing lightly. Once it is as dark as you want, wipe clean with a paper towel and seal it with an oil. You only need to seal it once really.
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It is easy Adogg. If you dont like the look, simply steel wool the finish off. It works on Stainless Steel, not chrome. The solution is a dip, but if you use the finest scotch brite pad you can find, and just like I stated above, gently rub the solution over the stainless steel and catching the over spill below. You even the finish out by rubbing lightly. Once it is as dark as you want, wipe clean with a paper towel and seal it with an oil. You only need to seal it once really.
I might have to try this!! I am very interested in things like this. How harmful is this chemical, will I need gloves or anything, and I also have a few animals.
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How harmful is this chemical, will I need gloves or anything, and I also have a few animals.
It is a mildly acidic solution. Wear any thin latex or nitrile glove. Though not recommended, I have worked with no gloves on some putter heads. It isnt strong enough to burn your skin, but it does have a weird odor. It is reusable too. I have quarts of it and use it full strength and have used it hundreds of times.
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What kind of oil do you wipe it down with afterwards?
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I might have to try this!! I am very interested in things like this. How harmful is this chemical, will I need gloves or anything, and I also have a few animals.
Thank you very much sir. How much do you think I will need to do both of my exhaust tips?
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What kind of oil do you wipe it down with afterwards?
I actually use blue 4 stroke oil. They sell a "sealer" that is a thin oil/penetrating oil, but it is not necessary. Any 4 stroke oil OR just a synthetic oil will work fine. It just stops the oxidation process

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That 8 oz will be enough if you catch it when you are swabbing the exhaust. Just catch it below in a big plastic container and pour it back into a container you are swabbing out of. It will easily do both and you will still have the solution left to do any other stainless you want.
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Great idea,best part is nothing has to come off.I was going to powdercoat but this is even better.
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They look good with the car now. I like them once the oil has dried and they have that hot look too them. Got his plates yesterday, but these will only be on a week as he has a 5.OSU plate coming in black/white letters.

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