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Technical Best Header Paint???

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Valentines Speed Shop, Feb 27, 2019.

  1. Valentines Speed Shop
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 78

    Valentines Speed Shop
    from Boxiron,MD

    Hey Guys wondering what your favorite header paint is??? What is lasting the longest for you?
    Thanks For your input!
  2. bdynpnt
    Joined: Feb 9, 2009
    Posts: 354


    I like cerakote

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  3. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 1,505

    oldiron 440

    Has anyone tried VHT primer before color?
  4. 26Troadster
    Joined: Nov 20, 2010
    Posts: 567

    from Texas

    silver aluminum.
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  5. egads
    Joined: Aug 23, 2011
    Posts: 683


    A friend of mine does cerakote on gun's, we were going to try a set of header's. How does it hold up to the heat?
  6. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 841


    I use VHT but spray it into the cap and brush it on very lightly and touch up when needed..
  7. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,392

    Bandit Billy

    I have ceramic coated headers on the flatty in the 34
    And I followed the same prescription on the HEMI going in the 41 truck.
    I also have a ceramic set on the 442 and the 396 Camaro. The set on the Olds got real hot during break in (damn Olds) but other than a bit dull the finish has stayed on for 20 years.
  8. big john d
    Joined: Nov 24, 2011
    Posts: 138

    big john d
    from ma

    rustoleum silver barbecue paint it looks real nice and outlasts any header paint i have used in the last forty years
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  9. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 916


    I'm with big john d........ rustoleum BBQ paint. In addition to the silver I've used black too. I only spray it heavy enough to get the header/manifold coated with a decent wet coat. I think it holds up better that way than when it's put on too heavy and thick.

  10. bdynpnt
    Joined: Feb 9, 2009
    Posts: 354


    Mine have been awesome .its on cast iron manifolds but in a year they look like the day I did them .it doesn't take much either to do 2 manifolds it only took 2 1/2 ounces,I bought a quart

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  11. 29moonshine
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,292


    in use por 15 high heat
  12. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,098


    Jegs header paint.
  13. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,013

    Atwater Mike

    Mine are all stainless, except for the flathead.
    (Hemi, 455 Olds, SBC, BBC are stainless. All they take is a light rub with Mothers...Mothers tend to be more gentle, fathers rub way too aggressive. (leaving streaks, etc.) :p

    Might send the flathead headers with the 406 F-E set down south to San Diego and have them 'hot molten aluminum sprayed'.
    Flatheaders are N.O.S. Sandy Belond, had 'em since I was 14, ordered 'em from an old HRM ad in 1956! (can't recall the price, but think it was under $20!)
    The price to get 'em hot aluminum sprayed should bring their $$ price up...:eek:
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  14. I did my ram horns manifolds with it 3 years ago, has held up well. Paint 'em, put them in the oven at 400F for 2 hours.
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  15. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,493

    from Nicasio Ca

    Last edited: Mar 2, 2019
  16. VHT ceramic is pretty good stuff, I know a few guys that have used it with good results. The key is the prepping. Sandblast them first with 80 grit garnet or aluminum oxide (dont use glass beads or coal slag) Blow them off dont use any kind of chemical.
  17. I have sandblasted my exhaust manifolds and used zink spray. I did this about ten years ago and they are still flat grey without any rust.

    Rune Waltoft
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  18. Valentines Speed Shop
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 78

    Valentines Speed Shop
    from Boxiron,MD

    Thanks everybody for your suggestions so far!

    Ceramic coating is nice but out of my price range and style of this build.

    I've tried BBQ paint before with OK results, Lasted real well on my flathead but I credit that to the exhaust running thru the block on flatheads giving them cooler exhaust temps at the headers.
    Blowby: my flattie runs warm but no where near 5000 degrees!!! you must have one bad flat mill :D

    I was curious about the por-15, ceracote, and vht's longevity as that seems to be what summit pushes.

    Where did you get the Zinc spray???
  19. Hi!

    I live in Norway, and here we have a relatively cheap shop called Biltema.
    The spray can states that it contains 90% zink, it costs about 10$ for a can.
    Its also called "cold galvanizing"

    Rune Waltoft
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2019
  20. Valentines Speed Shop
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 78

    Valentines Speed Shop
    from Boxiron,MD

    Ok cool, I love how Traditional Hot Rodding is World Wide!!!
    I think rustoleum makes a cold galvanizing spray paint.... I'm going to check on that next visit to the store.
  21. Don West
    Joined: May 18, 2014
    Posts: 71

    Don West

    I've used rustoleum bbq high heat paint with an undercoat of bbq primer on a set of headers for 2 full summer seasons and they look like I just painted them. I was impressed
  22. mcsfabrication
    Joined: Nov 26, 2006
    Posts: 821


    Another vote for the BBQ paint. Three years and over 20,000 miles. Look like I just did 'em.
  23. trollst
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 1,704


    Wood stove paint, by far, been on my 36 hooker tight tube sbc for twenty years, stuff is hard to find, far superior to bbq paint.
  24. Doublepumper
    Joined: Jun 26, 2016
    Posts: 593


    I'm in the Rustoleum barbecue bomb camp. I've tried lots of different ones over the years and find it works really well and it's easy to get....and inexpensive.
  25. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    My friends and I started painting the inside of ours with wood stove paint, a tip we learned from some motorcycle guys. We did that to our chrome drag pipes to help keep them from getting the blues.
  26. Valentines Speed Shop
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 78

    Valentines Speed Shop
    from Boxiron,MD

    Well I think you fellows convinced me, Woodstove or BBQ paint it is!
  27. Does the bbq paint come in a color other that black? Any suggestions on where to find it?
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  29. I just ceramic metallic coat and be done with it. More expensive but never have to worry about it again.
  30. 6sally6
    Joined: Feb 16, 2014
    Posts: 1,070


    Well...I tried it and it burnt off just as quick as all the other shit!...Stainless or powder coating is all I have seen to hold up.
    Hey.......I like rust color!!!!!!

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