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Old 10-31-2004, 12:57 PM   #1
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I've already started the tear down on my engine, and although I am nowhere near finished even the disassembly, I am already thinking about the headers. I was thinking of header wrap.. but that stuff us UGLY. I am sure it performs good.. but I will sacrifice a few hp if that wretchedness stays out from under my hood. Straitor said header coating is $200.. I don't know about you, but that is too much for me. As I was thinking, I remember seeing 1800*F paint in JCW.. now, can I use this paint to help keep heat in by any chance? It intruiges me.. I may get it, just because it would make my headers pretty.. but if it has function to it.. I may want it all the more badly


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Header wrap preforms better than ceramic coating. But it locks moisture in and over time destroys headers. BUT is you coat the header wrap w/ some sort of specific sealer type paint then it won't destroy the headers. The high temp paint isn't gonna do much if anything at all.
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Damn, that sucks. Not worth destroying my headers for a couple ponies. I gess now my other question is can I remove the factory installed heat sheilds, and just paint my headers? I don't know how much the sheilds actually cool, but if they aren't significant.. would it be wise to just ditch them?


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I don't think that it would be worth your while to actually take everything out just to paint them and gain a few ponies tops. It might be something to look at if your going to tear it down reguardless.
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I'm tearing down regardless, bud . Head work. Already started the disassembly.


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Paint isn't coating. It can withstand 1800* F before it changes, but it doesn't reflect heat like a ceramic coating would.
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Whats with the warning on European cars for that paint? And how are you so car knowledgable at only 14? Im barely learning how to change my oil tomorrow! lol
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if you heat paint the manifolds, then heat wrap em, and paint em with the sealer you should be good to go

i dont see why heat paintin the manifolds would hurt, but if your not gonna heat wrap em, dont remove the factory heat shields
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Eastwood has a good aluminized header paint that I've used a few times.
I've used it for looks mostly in the past. It is supposed to have heat dispersal properties though. It lasted about 4 years on a show car with tri y headers. Be SURE they are clean before you paint though. Even a fingerprint will cause the hightemp paint to lift after it bakes on.

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http://www.eastwood.com/shopping/pro...manifold+paint

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