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Best finish for stock exhaust manifolds??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by FNG777, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. FNG777
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 60

    from mass.

    What's the best way to finish stock exhaust manifolds? Almost ready to install a '49 331 CAD motor into a '32 Ford and need to do something with the exhaust manifolds to pretty them up.
  2. Deuce Roadster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2002
    Posts: 9,519

    Deuce Roadster
    Member Emeritus


    I like to have mine Jet Hot coated.
    I the ones on the roadster and now the 3W done. The ones on the roadster 10 years old and still look almost like new.

  3. high heat ceramic paint is cheap enough, those ram horns on Deuce Roadsters car looks sweet
  4. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,979


    Define "best"

    low cost? most shiny? longest lasting? something that matches the look of the rest of the car?

  5. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    I chromed mine....
  6. terd ferguson
    Joined: Jun 13, 2008
    Posts: 3,646

    terd ferguson

    Me too!!!

  7. Slick Willy
    Joined: Aug 3, 2008
    Posts: 3,012

    Slick Willy

    I used Eastwoods stainless steel coating right over the rust!

  8. I use POR 15 grey manifold paint. Excellent results!
  9. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,757

    Member Emeritus


    It's all personal taste but I actually prefer the SS brush on coating from Eastwood. Cheap and easy and it has held up well for several years if prepped correctly. The expensive coating looks too phony for my eyes. I'm just weird.:D
  10. whid
    Joined: Jun 20, 2008
    Posts: 452


    me too........whid
  11. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,683


    For cheap, flat black Bar-B-Q paint. Butch/56sedandelivery.
  12. jdubbya
    Joined: Jul 12, 2003
    Posts: 2,435


    I am another one to vote for the POR-15. I have done several different manifolds, and they look great, without dis-coloring over time.
  13. kwoodyh
    Joined: Apr 11, 2006
    Posts: 641


    I've used both Eastwood and POR-15 and both work well!
  14. Ford Freak
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 826

    Ford Freak


    QUOTE=kwoodyh;7056038]I've used both Eastwood and POR-15 and both work well![/QUOTE]

    Me too !
    Joined: Aug 22, 2011
    Posts: 1,247

    from mass

    I had great results with "Hot Stuff" exhaust dressing from Speedway. I used a small wire brush then a scotchbrite pad to smooth them out. It still looks good after a couple of years.
  16. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,222


    The Iron Lord guys have some inside track on resonable (CHEAP!) guys suck....they look so classy........ it's just not fair :(

    Yes, I know it will discolor a bit, but I still think it's the coolest old time "Autorama" finish.
  17. terd ferguson
    Joined: Jun 13, 2008
    Posts: 3,646

    terd ferguson

    Dude, don't envy us, we have to put up with a tweekish plater that ducks your phone calls then tells you "tomorrow" then ducks your phone calls some more, haha! And then sometimes he might do something like chrome an exhaust outlet gasket still stuck to the manifold. There's always some crazy story to go with it too. Awww man, my cat had puppies and it ruined the tanks... JJ knows, hahaha! :D:D

    Chrome is worse than drugs. But I prefer a blued chrome exhaust manifold over paint any old day of the week.
  18. Hey if you want the shiny plated look without the bluing, I recommend a nickel finish. Nickel doesn't discolor. Although it will tarnish over time and needs maintenance similar to bare aluminum. I've done a few sets of custom made Lakes style headers in nickel and they looked great.

    This finish will work on cast manifolds just as well, although polishing time may be more depending how well you want the rough casting polished out.
  19. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,691


    I wish I knew what the PO used on the exhaust manifold of my Falcon. It's painted white and looks great. Maybe the old-style VHT paint I've heard so much about.

  20. mikeey rat
    Joined: Aug 10, 2010
    Posts: 169

    mikeey rat
    from Australia

    potbelly stove paint

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