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Old 10-03-2012, 02:06 AM
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Default Ceramic coating or cloth wrap???

Going to be purchasing a set of ARH long tube headers in a couple of days. Been thinking about having them ceramic coated or wrapping them with that exhaust wrap stuff. what are the pros and cons to each?

Pros
ceramic will look good probably for ever, keep heat down under hood
wrap easy to do myself, cheap, keep heat down under hood

cons
ceramic costs a lot, delays me getting them
wrap doesn't look as good, may have to be redone down the road

Did I miss anything??
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Personally if you have the money get them coated. I wrapped my headers in my old Chevy 350 and on my R1. It's a nasty job and you have to pull it so tight that your hands will hurt after. Don't use the metal zip ties as they will break use the hose clamps that screw on. After the wrapping has been in awhile it become hard and if you ever tear it it will unravel like crazy.
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Wrap will also cause them to rot faster. Ceramic coating will preserve them. And it really isn't that expensive, probably a couple hundred bucks.
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I do ceramic coating. I put a black coating on my original exhaust manifolds if you would like to see pictures let me know. I can also do it in a cobalt blue. Let me know. It would not be as expensive as you think.
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And wrap is expensive too. It probably wouldn't be too much more to do the coating, and much less work for you.
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Thanks guys! I was planning on coating them until I had the thought of wrapping them when I saw a motorcycle with wrapped pipes. Coating it is!
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Default RE: Ceramic Coating for Headers

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Going to be purchasing a set of ARH long tube headers in a couple of days. Been thinking about having them ceramic coated or wrapping them with that exhaust wrap stuff. what are the pros and cons to each?

Pros
ceramic will look good probably for ever, keep heat down under hood
wrap easy to do myself, cheap, keep heat down under hood

cons
ceramic costs a lot, delays me getting them
wrap doesn't look as good, may have to be redone down the road

Did I miss anything??
Hey Dozer:

Normally we don’t recommend wrapping headers without Ceramic Coating them first because the wrap tends to expedite corrosion on mild steel headers. (NOTE, you can only wrap HIGH TEMP CERAMIC. You cannot wrap Bright Ceramic). Since your headers are 304SS that’s not a huge issue. Stainless headers will still oxidize and turn colors but rust usually isn't a huge problem (see below).

So in your case it comes down to your budget and what looks better to you. Wrap is cheaper, effective and comes in 2-3 colors but it tends to get dirty and fray pretty quickly. Ceramic Coating is going to be functional, clean and is offered in about 10 different colors.

Decisions, decisions, decisions……

Wrapped Mild Steel


Uncoated SS


Uncoated Polished 304SS (Ferarri F-430)
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I took my exhaust for my harley to a powder coating shop, similar to this one

http://www.thermaltechcoatings.com/
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Go all out and ceramic coat the inside of the pipes as well.
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Well I just got off the phone with Mike from ARH. Headers are ordered however when I asked about the ceramic coating he said they recommend against it and talked me out of it saving me $400. I guess this thread was all for nothing. I also mentioned the forum and got a discount.
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