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Any of you guys ever had your headers ceramic coated? Mine are very rusty and I like the black-colored look. I thinking of blasting them and having them coated.
 

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Before spending the money on ceramic, try just cleaning them real well with steel wool or even emory cloth. Then, after a good wipe down with brake clean or denatured alcohol, spray them with ulta high temp gloss black. If you like it, proceed to the ceramic. If not, steel wool it off.

BTW-- I have a complete set of CB pipes in pretty good condition. Some rust on the headers but very minor. The mufflers are really nice except for a small crease on the bottom of the left muffler...can't see it til you get down on the ground. mine is a K2 ( I think) built Oct 1969


PM me if you are interested.
 

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It isn't so much the ceramic that I'm interested in. I just want to find an alternative to re-chroming. Do you think high-temp paint would hold up?
 

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Chris Garrett said:
It isn't so much the ceramic that I'm interested in. I just want to find an alternative to re-chroming. Do you think high-temp paint would hold up?
Yes, it will. Just not real well against abrasions (scrapes/scuffs/road ****). And, if it does, get nicked, just hit it with a spot from the can. No where near as hard a ceramic. Flat black is OK but, shiny looks more like the ceramic.
 

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Heres what I did. I sandblasted my pipes, sanded them with some emery. cleaned them and shot 4 coats of 1500 degree high temp flat black paint with ceramic in it. Picked it up at Advance Auto parts for about 8 bucks a can. Mine not a stock 450 exhaust, but it gives you a good idea what it looks like when your done painting it.

My two cents, for what its worth!

Henry[attachment=0:36ofn3ez]black exhaust 001.jpg[/attachment:36ofn3ez]
 

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Baloney - no one at this forum would make fun of using any part that did the job and looked good doing it.
Some forums are full of elitist pricks, but this ain't one of them.
We may poke fun at Hardley-Ablesons, but it's just fun - they have two wheels, that's about all it takes to gain our interest.
 

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Henryinva said:
Heres what I did. I sandblasted my pipes, sanded them with some emery. cleaned them and shot 4 coats of 1500 degree high temp flat black paint with ceramic in it. Picked it up at Advance Auto parts for about 8 bucks a can. Mine not a stock 450 exhaust, but it gives you a good idea what it looks like when your done painting it.

My two cents, for what its worth!

Henry[attachment=0:2vvoitrc]black exhaust 001.jpg[/attachment:2vvoitrc]

Hey Henry,
That's exactly what I had in mind. Thanks for posting. I'd like to see more pictures of your bike.
 

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Don't rule out using black BBQ spray paint - its easy to use, has a good finish and is heat resitant. Used it on a cafe and it looked ok, but in the end went back to chrome. Love the bike Henry, that is real COOL!!
Ray.
 

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Very nice bike and work! Please keep us abreast of progress. Anxious to see how you do electrics and controls. Blue
 

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Nice controls Henry.... EXCEPT, I believe they extend too far down (below the frame). I could be wrong, but I'd almost bet they will "ground" at a nominal lean angle....(I could be wrong, might just be the picture angle)
I had a similar problem, and managed to "tuck" them between the frame and the pipes ( in the inverted "V" channel the headers create) and can lean the bike almost 60 degrees before anything touches ground... I'm sure you took this into account, this post is intended to simply be a reminder to others to consider clearances when fabricating.... Steve
 

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Yeah, I like this board 100 percent. I was just kiddin bout the shhhh thing. Was going to have a Honda-Davidson decal made up but I was afraid I'd get shot at work by the Harley riders!

Yeah-- that's funny. I am barred from all "Harley" events as well as bike nites at the local bars. I can't help myself. After a few beers (2 is my limit-- it's all I need) I start ragging on em. The whole mentality drives me nuts. I'll ask them if "thats one of dem der paaaarade bikes". Ask them if they have to ride in figure 8's and wear funny hats. Ask them if that twisting thing on the right handle bar is a volumn control. I was escorted away ('for my own protection") by the county sheriff. Or, when one of them told me his name was "Red Dog", I told him my name was Captain F---- in America. I was asked to leave by the waitress ("for my own protection"). A couple of weeks ago, after trying to sell my 1977 vintage california king water bed with no luck, I decided to give it away. Within 3 hours it was gone. The guy that picked it up showed up in a big straight pipe exhaust diesel dually GMC pick up with three young boys and his wife. He treated her like a dog while SHE loaded the water bed.
He saw my BMW and asked how I like it. I told him and he told me he had a Harley Dyno doo-dah whatever (that explained the big Harley sticker covering his entire back window!). I asked him: "So! are you a motorcyclist?" His reply was "No I just like Harleys". Pretty much say's it all!

Oh-- yeah, back to the topic (forgive me). How is the paint holding up on those pipes??
 

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Well, this bike isnt running yet, still building it. I did the same thing on my last bike and what happens is the paint gets a little light shade of black (like a dark,dark, dark grey color). When it started to offend me, I'd blow another coat on 'em.

This bike is getting heat tape wrapped when I finish it. I blew the black on to keep them from rusting after I sandblasted and ground on them. It also helped me decide what color wrap to get. I figure I'm getting to much black on the bike after I painted them so I elected to go old school look and get the tan heat wrap. It should look good when its done.

So, thats the skinny!

Henry
 

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Nice controls Henry.... EXCEPT, I believe they extend too far down (below the frame). I could be wrong, but I'd almost bet they will "ground" at a nominal lean angle....(I could be wrong, might just be the picture angle)
I had a similar problem, and managed to "tuck" them between the frame and the pipes ( in the inverted "V" channel the headers create) and can lean the bike almost 60 degrees before anything touches ground... I'm sure you took this into account, this post is intended to simply be a reminder to others to consider clearances when fabricating.... Steve
Yeah, the pic makes them look pretty low. When I tacked the pegs on, I leaned the bike over till the pegs touched the ground. They way I ride, I lean that sucker over that far, its going on its side regardless! I tried at first putting them where your talking about but for this long legged drink of water, it was uncomfortable at that height and felt pretty funky. So, I ellected to put them where they are currently at.

Your absolutely right though, in pointing it out. Some people dont seam to be able to think that far ahead! You end up reading about them in the paper!

Henry
 
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