HomeArticlesCeramic Coated vs Painted Headers – Summit Racing Quick Flicks Ceramic Coated vs Painted Headers – Summit Racing Quick Flicks By Eric Benedict November 10, 2019 Articles, Blog 70 Comments Tags:ceramic coated headers, ceramic coating exhaust, headers, painted headers, painting headers, summit racing Related Posts How to Make Paper Shirt – DIY Origami Paper Crafts. SKETCH vs BANDI – RB Battles Championship For 1 Million Robux! (Roblox Mad City) DIY Fall Room Decor EASY Crafts for Kids and Playroom Organization Tip 4K GoPro5 About Author admin 70 Comments akamaddog mancuso August 14, 2012 cool! Reply BAL80A MOTORSPORTS August 15, 2012 what about header WRAP? Reply Kent Payne August 15, 2012 header wrap will make your headers rust faster Reply Kent Payne August 15, 2012 if you plan on keeping your car or truck get ceramic coated header's you want regret it Reply sexytransam November 6, 2012 ya really should have hit stainless headers too Reply Marcus Mar January 12, 2013 wrapped/ceramic coated or GTFO Reply adamf2011 March 4, 2013 their not talking about wrapped headers here…look at the title..look at a different video for that.. this is just between them two.. Reply Summit Racing March 11, 2013 There are many reasons the coating could be peeling. Please give our tech line a call at 330-630-0240 and they will help you figure it out. Thanks! Reply MR.S7 March 16, 2013 How about Chrome them? Reply Summit Racing March 18, 2013 Chrome plating headers has been done for a lot of years and while it looks nice, it requires a lot of cleaning & polishing maintenance to keep them looking good. Chrome plating also has no effect on exhaust gas scavenging like coated headers. This being said, many header companies have stopped offering chrome plating as an option. Another draw back to chrome plating is that it is very expensive to have done! Reply Freddie02f March 20, 2013 I have a 09 GMC sierra 5.3L with a corsa sport. What's a good brand for ceramic headers for my truck? And should I get the y pipe its a single side exhaust Reply deez_nutz March 21, 2013 any good advice on how to paint em using the vth flameproof paint? it says to bake em but i dont have a large enough oven lol thanks Reply Summit Racing March 21, 2013 There are actually quite a few header options available for your truck. Please give us a call and we will be happy to help pick out just the right one for you. 1-330-630-0240. Thanks for watching! Reply Summit Racing March 21, 2013 There are two methods to cure VHT header paint. On the Vehicle • Paint must be completely dry before curing • Run at idle for 10 minutes • Cool for 20 minutes • Run at idle for 20 minutes • Cool for 20 minutes • Run under normal operating conditions for 30 minutes Reply Summit Racing March 21, 2013 Off the Vehicle • Paint must be completely dry before curing • Heat to 250°F (121°C) for 30 minutes • Cool for 30 minutes • Heat to 400°F (204°C) for 30 minutes • Cool for 30 minutes • Heat to 650°F (343°C ) for 30 minutes • Caution: Do not exceed the temperature of the least heat tolerant component or the base metal Reply Summit Racing March 21, 2013 Coating System VHT provides a multi-high performance coating system for the ultimate in protection and quality. The system includes surface preparation, primer, paint and clear coat. PrepSP445Prep Spray, PrimeSP118FlameProof™ Primer, CoatSPXXXFlameProof™ Color, FinishSP115FlameProof™ Clear Reply deez_nutz March 21, 2013 so i can add the paint over the primer then do the heat cycles after it dries? or i have to primer heat cycle then paint and heat cycle? Reply Summit Racing March 22, 2013 Primer, let stand for an hour, paint, then heat cycles Reply Dallas Dahl April 8, 2013 Hi! I am about to use VHT flameproof matt black on my headers. I also ordered the primer! Is it neccesary to have the finish spray to get good result or is it just to make them shiny? How many layers of primer, and how many layers of paint should I do? Best regards from Sweden! Reply Summit Racing April 9, 2013 Applications: Headers, Exhaust Manifolds, Piston Domes, Inside Heads Finish: Flat Dry Time: Curing time required and can be done on or off vehicle (see below) Curing FlameProof™ VHT FlameProof™ Coating only attains its unique properties after correct curing (refer to instructions on the can). Reply Summit Racing April 9, 2013 On the Vehicle • Paint must be completely dry before curing • Run at idle for 10 minutes • Cool for 20 minutes • Run at idle for 20 minutes • Cool for 20 minutes • Run under normal operating conditions for 30 minutes Reply Summit Racing April 9, 2013 Off the Vehicle • Paint must be completely dry before curing • Heat to 250°F (121°C) for 30 minutes • Cool for 30 minutes • Heat to 400°F (204°C) for 30 minutes • Cool for 30 minutes • Heat to 650°F (343°C ) for 30 minutes Caution: Do not exceed the temperature of the least heat tolerant component or the base metal Reply Dallas Dahl April 9, 2013 Thank you, but did not really answer my question.. How many layers of primer and coating is recommended? And also, are the owen supposed to be, for example the first cycle, be 250°F when I put in my headers in the owen. Or is it supposed to be cool, and reach that degree? Thank you Reply Summit Racing May 28, 2013 Not all headers are coated internally. That is a question you should ask while shopping for them! There are no real downsides to coating; other than if you chip it they will rust quicker in that area. The upside is more power due to higher temperature exhaust traveling faster downstream, therefore scavenging better. Better scavenging leads to a cleaner cylinder for the next incoming charge that will now burn more efficiently thus producing more power. Reply m June 26, 2013 will the ceramic coating chip off? how about ceramic vs stainless Reply Summit Racing June 26, 2013 Ceramic coating is just that, a coating! So yes, it can & will chip if accidentally dropped or hit by road debris. Stainless looks really nice (depending on the grade) but does not share the same insulating characteristics as a coated header. Therefore it will not lower underhood temp. or scavenge quite as well as a coated header. Reply sjnovick July 16, 2013 will header wrapping a stainless steal header cause it to rust faster? Reply Summit Racing July 17, 2013 There are two grades of stainless commonly used in exhaust piping, T304 & T409. Neither will rust through completely but, the T409 will get a light orange coat of surface rust after a time. The header wrap does in fact cause a mild steel header to rust prematurely due to the heat and moisture, but will not have that affect on the stainless. Reply grimmjow714 October 5, 2013 I ordered a painted header thinking I had a choice between painted or ceramic as said in discripition however I was stupid an didn't pay attention to the fact that it never gave the option, when my painted headers come in how can I coat it in ceramic? Reply Summit Racing October 7, 2013 Hi grimmjow714, Ceramic coating requires the correct equipment to apply and large ovens to cure. There are businesses (Jet-Hot) that offer this service. It is highly suggested you trial fit the headers making sure of proper fitment. It is not uncommon to have to make a small dent or ding in a header tube to make sure they do not rub on anything. Once fitment is verified, you would have to send the headers to a coating company of your choice to allow them to coat your headers. Thanks! Reply TheyCallMeCoolRon November 13, 2013 Hello, I know this is a video between painted headers and ceramic headers, but which would be better between ceramic headers and wrapped headers. If this is presented in another video, my apologies. thank you. Reply jameswoodsist June 1, 2014 i think i might just GO AHEAD and do this. Reply christians131 August 29, 2014 Could you get 1 or 2 extra hp if you paint stock exhaust manifolds? I don't think I've seen anyone do this, but it seems like if you already have them off, it'd be worth it. Reply Skeeter66 August 30, 2014 Do the titanium coated headers that you offer have the same benefits as ceramic headers? I don't care for, nor want, the shiny look of the ceramic coated but I do care about all it's benefits. Particularly keeping heat down, increased velocity, and of course durability. Reply BloodstainedSinner October 1, 2014 There's very little reason to buy painted headers. They can get up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than ceramic coated headers. Don't be cheap, and save all your wires and starters just by spending a little extra to buy ceramic coated headers. Reply Brad James December 10, 2014 So if I buy a stainless steel header do I need to wrap it or put finish on it? Reply Justin Maillet December 22, 2014 Hello, I just bought new motorcycle exhaust that are AISI304 stainless steel polish to brushed matt finish. I want to paint them black. I am thinking of using VHT Flame Proof 1300-2000 degrees Fahrenheit ceramic coating and for a primer use Rustoleum high heat primer up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. I was wondering if before applying the primer if I should sand the exhaust with 360 or higher grit sanding paper. I think since the pipe are already smooth i will not need to go for lower grit sand paper. Or should I just apply the primer and not sand. Or maybe I should I just skip the primer and paint them with the VHT. Please let me know what would be the best way to paint them so it will last and look proper. Thanks Reply Cory Noel January 1, 2015 is there anywhere I can find statistical data on which is more efficient between a higher end wrap or ceramic coated exhaust parts? Reply ledzeppelin27 January 28, 2015 I've never been a very big fan of headers personally. I've always found that they leak, they burn up gaskets, wires, cause too much of a headache for a small gain in horsepower. and they never usually get used in the right application. (why would you ever put headers on a truck?) but these ceramic coated are interesting me greatly. I might have to go with a set of these on an LS or 383 stroker build I am planning on a corvette. if the benefits can outweigh the losses I have seen in the past Reply grn dragon March 11, 2015 I wish you would do a real world test of under the hood temps as a fallow up. And show painted vs ceramic vs stainless vs ceramic stainless. and any pro and cons of each type of header. Reply Expert Web World April 11, 2015 all our ceramic coating are apply using plasma spraying. Reply Norm Lewis June 22, 2015 Although you don't mention any trade names in your piece, it looks like your ceramic-coated examples might be by Nitroplate. I just called Nitroplate and was told that as of May they no long have a retail operation, which means we hobbyists are out of luck as far as their product. In view of this development, I think you should offer alternatives here. Reply U WUT M8? August 1, 2015 I'll just do both. Coat it – then – wrap it Reply LSX Racing 7 September 28, 2015 so does texas speed stainless steel have ceramic coated or ceramic and stainless steel are 2 different things? Reply Ying Andy December 31, 2015 try used my factory titanium exhaust DIY coating Reply William Widynata March 26, 2016 is the ceramic coating is the same applied to vehicle as ceramic paint protection ? pls advice… Reply Satchel McQueen Video August 20, 2016 i had a set of ceramic coated (inside and out) from dynomax on my 302 for 14years before it started flaking off. they never leaked either. best $279 i ever spent on an engine. Reply grn dragon December 19, 2016 Is there any heat soak with the ceramic coatings? If so what kind of temperatures do the headers get and for how long at that degrees? Reply JoJo Mama February 3, 2017 just got a set of headers from you guys and painted them(inside and out) with VHT paint, haven't installed them yet but am now wondering if I screwed up? Reply Frank Stocker March 18, 2017 NASA use VHT spray paint on all the shuttle rockets. Reply Hector Ortega May 3, 2017 weres Norm??. Reply johanelperez August 18, 2017 Can someone please answer this before I purchase. Can't get an answer. Do i need ceramic coating headers for my long tube headers Reply Jeff Hastings August 22, 2017 Harbor Freight sandblaster Reply Keron Fisher March 5, 2018 What type header would you recommend to buy for a 2013 Honda Accord EXL Coupe v6? Reply 7071t6 April 14, 2018 Ceramic coating will outlast the car and its owner as well, meaning that he/she will sell or get rid of the car before the coating comes off, unless damaged in a car accident . 🙂 Reply shannon5467 April 23, 2018 I just bought a set of ceramic coated headers for my Charger. Are the coated on the inside as well? They look awesome Reply Evelyn& Jorge September 16, 2018 how do I get the temporary paint removed without bolting them on ??what do I use Reply Ten Second BuickGN October 25, 2018 I can tell you from experience that VHT flameproof coating works very well and lasts. The mistake I made was pressure washing my engine a couple years later. I got too close to the headers and it striped off the paint in that area. Reply Jack Smith December 1, 2018 Recommend applying header tape to ceramic coated headers ? Reply PoorBoy 313 December 1, 2018 What about inside the header Reply Mark Lowe March 31, 2019 There's also the effects of ceramic coating internally to do with carbon and catalytic and temp. Reply Great 1 May 5, 2019 DON'T BE CHEAP! GO CERAMIC!💯👍🏻 Reply 7316bobe June 15, 2019 I have stainless steel headers on my motorcycle. The stainless turns a gold colour after a while. I am going to have them chrome colour ceramic coated to stop this happening once and for all. Reply Ronbo Nick July 6, 2019 I dont paint them I burn the paint off and when I change the oil I wipe the HOT header down with the used oil – It put a oil baked coating and they wont rust … Like a black seasoned cast iron skillet… Done Reply trk aymlk July 22, 2019 What is the content of ceramic coating paint? Reply Don ——. August 5, 2019 Fer duh life uh duh header. I’m jus gonna go ahead an leave dis here. Reply minskimia August 21, 2019 I dont understand your US english. I`m going to go ahead, I`m going to go ahead, I`m going to go ahead,I`m going to go ahead! WTF? And you think we say eh too much? lol Your friend from Canada eh! lol Reply swooshtx September 12, 2019 Sounds like a lot of trouble getting them sandblasted and then painted. Just pay the extra money and get the headers coated from the factory. Reply Cile S September 26, 2019 This is #1 Bull $h!T Reply Mathieu Jacques October 18, 2019 Should i wrap my ciramic coated headers or not ? 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