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Old 06-18-2013, 10:34 PM
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im sure this is a really dumb question but, i got some black exhaust paint and was thinking about spraying my new mac cat back before it goes on the car. is there any reasons why this is a bad idea? i figured it would look cool and add another coat of protection from the lovely new england elements
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:23 AM
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I always paint all my exhaust pieces before I put them on. Surprisingly it holds up really well.
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Good to know. I figured there wouldn't be any issues just thought I would ask
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I did it on my last car. As usual, make sure you put 10x more time into the prep-work than actually spraying it
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:01 AM
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What sort of prep work is needed. I'm clueless on paint. The exhaust it brand new
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joe i just installed a new off road shorty h pipe and before i did i sprayed all the welds and clamps those seem to be the things that rust with VHT flameproof header paint in gray that stuff works great! i also have sprayed my mac catback and mufflers with black barbecue paint it works good every now and then i go under and touch it up with the barbecue paint covers great
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I can't remember the exact grit I used, but I sanded three different times getting less coarse each time. Then I applied high temperature primer, and then high temperature paint. I also painted the Mac stainless tips, only that took more effort sanding
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i would wipe them down with a acetone or some brake cleaner. sanding is a little extreme but it will help with adhesion of the paint. you could rough it up with some 80 or 60 . wash them off with wax free soapy water then a quick wipe with acetone, brake clean, turpentine, lacquer thinner. etc.. let it dry/evaporate hang the exhaust from a tree on a rope so you can easily spin it around and paint away. that is how i have done it.
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all good ideas guys. thanks
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