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      12-22-2013, 04:37 AM   #1
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DIY for painting oem exhaust / muffler?

As the title states, I'm looking for a DIY detailing the painting process for the OEM muffler / exhaust. Couldn't find one via search.

I would guess there is some sanding and application of a cleaning solution involved to ensure proper paint adherence but I'd rather not guess. Do it right, do it once.
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      12-22-2013, 08:28 AM   #2
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All I did was was wash the rear section using a stiff nylon brush. I did not get obsessive with the wash, just went over the surface once or twice. Then used a spray can of high-temp flat black paint. Three years later the paint is still intact.

I also painted the brake hats. I cleaned these with an alcohol based cleaner.
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Looks good. Thanks for the info.

I'm going to do a little sanding and hit it with paint. Doesn't seem too difficult. Thin coats ftw.
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When I did mine I simply wiped the exhaust down and sprayed with high temp paint. No fancy process needed.
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When I did mine I simply wiped the exhaust down and sprayed with high temp paint. No fancy process needed.
+1. No need to overthink. Quick wipe down, add couple of layers of paint
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Did you remove the muffler to paint it?
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As the title states, I'm looking for a DIY detailing the painting process for the OEM muffler / exhaust. Couldn't find one via search.

I would guess there is some sanding and application of a cleaning solution involved to ensure proper paint adherence but I'd rather not guess. Do it right, do it once.
Search again. I posted a thread with lots of pics about a year ago detailing the spray can method. Worked brilliantly. No idea where though...I'm on the mobile app.
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Unbolt it, clean it off, lightly scuff it with sandpaper to promote adhesion, and apply several very light coats. You may want to add a few extra coats to the bottom since it is most likely to take impacts from road debris.

Seriously, don't make it more difficult than it needs to be. :-)
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Paint complete. The thing looks great. Semi-gloss was a good choice.

Now if only a muffler shop had been open after 3pm on NYE :-/

The waiting game continues.
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Did you remove the muffler to paint it?
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