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I de-rusted my muffler section. Anyone know the best high heat paint to respray it with.

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Honestly I don't know if you can get away with painting it. I think the pipe would get to hot. I stripped down my stock muffler before getting exhaust and I grinded it and looked sweet. I then put a high temp ( thought it was the highest temp I could find) and it was nice metal color but then within a couple miles the clear coat turned brown and was discolored. I mean maybe if you search the internet maybe you can find something I didn't. But good luck whatever you do

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I'm going for flat black like oem. I've used stove paint years ago but thought there might be something more high tech now. Thanks for the reply though.

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high temp spray paint doesnt cut it. it turns to powder and flakes off. stove black would most likly work the best but im wondering now if engine enamel would be okay.

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I'm pretty sure that was thestuff I had. It was engine enamel high temp clear and that's what turned brown. I mean he can try it and go from there but just trying to save him a step and not waste his time with what I did. Lol. But never thought of the BBQ paint or stove paint. Good idea

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They sell header paint. LINK

Google it as I am sure there are other options.

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i tried hi-temp stove paint on my muffler and went to crap in about two revolutions of the motor, i say go to harbor freight and buy one of those cheap powder coater guns and bake it in your wifes oven.

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powder coat sets at about 350 degrees and burns at about 425. so when your header turns red, bad stuff is going to happen.....

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The has got to be paint out there that will withstand the heat.

For example, I have a wood stove that is painted black. That puppy has glowed red for hours when it really gets going. Paint on it has never flaked off or had any issues.

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most stove paints and BBQ paints have a rating of 1100-1200deg. so im not sure

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Hi-temp powder coat. Turns out pretty good. I will try and post some pics when I get home.

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Thanks for all the replies guys.

I went out and bought some, VHT (Very High Temp.)brand, flat black header paint (claims 1,300-2,000deg). The hot rod cage forums swear by the stuff. I'll post a right-up, after I've run with it a while, and let everyone know how well it works.

Joel H.

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As mentioned, VHT (Duplicolor) sells some 1000 degree+ spray paint. Just keep in mind with any spray paint that it will scratch easily unless you go the route of having it powder or jet coated instaid.

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VHT makes a range of high temp paints and while the 1200 degree stuff is needed for headers you can use a lower temp rating for mufflers and mid pipe. Caliper paint is rated 900 degrees and is available is several gloss colors as well as flat colors. I used caliper paint on my midpipe and it is holding up well.

Next down the list are some high temp engine paints rated for 500 degrees, then regular engine paints rated at lower temps, or not rated (which is not good).

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Thanks for all the replies guys.

I went out and bought some, VHT (Very High Temp.)brand, flat black header paint (claims 1,300-2,000deg). The hot rod cage forums swear by the stuff. I'll post a right-up, after I've run with it a while, and let everyone know how well it works.

Joel H.

I would love to know how it works out. I am considering something along these lines to cut back on pipe maintenance.

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