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carolinacustoms 01-19-2013 05:33 PM

Manifold Question
What are you guys using to paint/coat manifolds that actually stays on? I am looking for a factory cast look for an original restoration I am doing and I have not had much luck in the past with any kind of paint staying on very well, but I am sure there is something out there. So I am here looking for suggestions and input. As always thanks in advance.


Richiehd 01-19-2013 07:07 PM

I thought you were talking intake, but after reading your post again, Im pretty sure you are talking exhaust manifold. Either way, Eastwood might be my first stop. The 2 part engine paint is awesome, on blocks and intakes. You'll have to do some more research on the exhaust.

carolinacustoms 01-19-2013 07:17 PM

Yes sir I apologize I was talking about an exhaust manifold paint that will last and not turn white or flake.

OneMoreTime 01-19-2013 07:49 PM

Cerakote Coatings

There you go..


crownver 01-19-2013 07:55 PM

I read somewhere where rubbing on graphite works well, I believe in Carcraft or somewhere. Turns it sort a dark grey. Rubs off too, but easy to put a little more on to keep things looking good. Can't remember if the article said it stopped rust though.

WDCreech 01-19-2013 08:19 PM


Originally Posted by carolinacustoms (Post 1636660)
What are you guys using to paint/coat manifolds that actually stays on?

Had a friend that painted his complete engine with stove paint and it held up really well. I don't know what colors that it comes in, but I do know that it came in a blue that almost perfectly matched the '66 Pontiac engine color.


spinn 01-19-2013 08:30 PM

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Powder coating.

carolinacustoms 01-19-2013 08:49 PM

Thanks for the quick replies and ideas


crownver 01-19-2013 10:30 PM

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Here's a picture of a Corvette manifold done with graphite.

cdminter59 01-20-2013 02:29 AM

Manifold Question
What color of paint do you want? Is factory cast silver looking or black? Eastwood has a cast iron ceramic coating and an aluminum ceramic coating. Check out their website. TLC Cast Iron Ceramic Coating 4oz

carolinacustoms 01-20-2013 05:09 AM


Originally Posted by crownver (Post 1636762)
Here's a picture of a Corvette manifold done with graphite.

Is this cerakote? f not what is it and how long has it been on? That is close to what I am looking for. They are supposed to be raw cast, which I can do with sandblasting, but as we all know they will rust and look terrible. The owner of this car is spending a lot of money and I want something that will stay on. The cerakote seems to be the way I need to go from what I have read on here and their site. Thanks again for all the replies.

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