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I have stock Rams horn headers (only ones that fit on a Jag. to Chevy. conversion. I had them powder coated ( First year they turned gray, second they are showing Gray and small rust spots ??? What is the best way to coat them so they look decent and last. I'm on a limited budget.
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The old Stove Black seems to hold up fairly well & is cheap. They will need to be clean, sand or bead blasted for best results.
Ceramic coating would be best but, not cheap.
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Thanks for the quick reply. What would you estimate ceramic coating would cost ? They have a new chrome paint out would that hold up on headers or intake.
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Powder coating is not really meant for high heat situations like exhaust headers. That's why you have the problem you have. Chrome paint won't look good and will last about 10 minutes if that long once the engine is running. Ceramic coating is the ONLY way to go.

As an example, these headers were ceramic coated by Jet Hot in Phoenix and they cost me $500... but they're long tube with turnouts. Ram horns would be a lot less, probably about $200.



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I think there're a few old Threads on here about painting Intakes & Exhaust manifolds. Some work some don't.
You would have to check with a few Co.'s for coating prices.
JetHot is one> http://www.jet-hot.com/ google will find others.

One more I had saved>> http://www.headercoatings.com/
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I know these are not Ram Horns but stock Chevy cast iron manifolds that have been ground smooth and then ceramic coated, by Affordable Power Coating in Phoenix Az and if I remember the coating was less than 100.00 like 90. It was worth it to have them ground smooth which was more than the coating
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Thanks for all the info, now I'm confused (but at least headed in some direction)
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Thanks for all the info, now I'm confused (but at least headed in some direction)
Just remember.... you can use header paint and re-do them every couple years, or you can have them powder coated and re-do them every couple years, or you can have them ceramic coated and not have to worry about them again. Also be aware... cheap ceramic coating is just as bad as powder coating, it won't last.

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