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High heat silver 1 33.33%
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Opinions wanted:

SS Hooker Headers, paint High heat silver, other color, or leave natural SS?
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Wasn't sure where to post this, engine or paint. Paint related, so I stuck it in here.
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if there was a chrome heat paint id go for that. if not silver would prolly look good
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If they're stainless...why paint them at all?

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Leave em'.
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if going with headers to save weight- have you thought about the increased underhood heat- color should be- glass wrap heat tape.
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If they're stainless...why paint them at all?
This was my original thought.
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if going with headers to save weight- have you thought about the increased underhood heat- color should be- glass wrap heat tape.
Let me fix that for you.


if going with headers to save weight- have you thought about the increased underhood heat- color should be- glass wrap heat tape thermal barrier coating in your choice of color.


And when talking to the coating people, make sure they do the inside of the tubes. Actually, thermal barrier coating on the inside of the tubes, and natural stainless on the outside would be my choice.
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In my experience header paint does not last, a waste of time and money. Thermal coating is the only way to go, keeps the heat down, especially when you do inside, and out, and when done right, lasts forever.
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Opinions wanted:

SS Hooker Headers, paint High heat silver, other color, or leave natural SS?
My vote goes for the natural stainless steel finish.
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I started with just painted black stainless steel headers, under hood heat was pretty high, and I melted wiring loom on a few spots, and burned a silicone spark plug boot, I also had issues with the brake line running to the passenger caliper picking up a lot of radiant heat.

I ended up having the headers thermal coated inside and out, dropped header temps 250-300 degrees. You can touch the headers a few minutes after engine shut-off now, before you needed like 45min+ before you could touch'em. The engine bay is wayyy cooler now and nearby looms and hoses are not warm at all.

I don't think I'd ever do non-thermal coated headers on a project vehicle again. It cost me as much to have the headers thermal coated as it did to buy them in the first place, but worth every penny imo.

I thought I was going to have to upgrade my rad fans (I have dual 12" spal currently) or get a cowl hood/put some louvres in, but now the hi mode barely ever comes on.
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Okay, about to pull the trigger on sending my headers to Jet-Hot to get coated. Any other companies better, less expensive? They quote $300 to coat inside and out. Anyone have experience with them? They seem to be about the most popular one for coating. Looking for advice. Thanks!!
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Okay, about to pull the trigger on sending my headers to Jet-Hot to get coated. Any other companies better, less expensive? They quote $300 to coat inside and out. Anyone have experience with them? They seem to be about the most popular one for coating. Looking for advice. Thanks!!
It's been several years since I used them, but definitely worth the price, even though the price is high.
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I started with just painted black stainless steel headers, under hood heat was pretty high, and I melted wiring loom on a few spots, and burned a silicone spark plug boot, I also had issues with the brake line running to the passenger caliper picking up a lot of radiant heat.

I ended up having the headers thermal coated inside and out, dropped header temps 250-300 degrees. You can touch the headers a few minutes after engine shut-off now, before you needed like 45min+ before you could touch'em. The engine bay is wayyy cooler now and nearby looms and hoses are not warm at all.

I don't think I'd ever do non-thermal coated headers on a project vehicle again. It cost me as much to have the headers thermal coated as it did to buy them in the first place, but worth every penny imo.

I thought I was going to have to upgrade my rad fans (I have dual 12" spal currently) or get a cowl hood/put some louvres in, but now the hi mode barely ever comes on.
What kind of coating and who did/have you used?
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Re: Header paint

Used a company local to me up here in the cold north... Fireball Coatings. Exterior are ceramic coated, interior XMC coated, which is some kind of 3 layer composite ceramic sprayed in.

Its worth noting that they're just a small hole in the wall shop, they don't actually manufacture any of the chemical compounds used, ergo its probably from the same or similar supplier as places like Jet Hot get their material from. The info is pretty hush hush, but no doubt its just some 3M, Dupont, or other chemical company making the stuff and shipping it in 5gal pails. Probably has some random trade name with a number on it no different than bulk industrial coatings, powder coat etc.
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