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      07-20-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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Opinions sought on powder coating M3 Competition Muffler

My Competition exhaust arrives next week. I will be installing it on my 2011 Alpine White ZCP. Some members have had the silencer portions, left and right, of the muffler painted black in order to improve the appearance of the vehicle from behind. I\'ve seen this on darker color M3\'s, but not on an Alpine White. My concern is that a black high temperature resistant powder coat on an Alpine White may make the muffler even more visible. Thoughts!
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      07-20-2011, 01:36 PM   #2
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My thought is powder coating it is completely unnecessary. I don't think it looks bad at all, and to see it you have to be standing back a little behind the car. Not really an issue for me.
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Most powder coatings are not capable of taking the temperatures present in an exhaust especially when driven hard. Do you homework if you proceed.
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      07-20-2011, 06:21 PM   #4
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I've heard that high temperature paint like that used for grills or brake calipers would work?? This is all hearsay though.

I'm hoping to paint my OEM with this type of paint....
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      07-20-2011, 06:21 PM   #5
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My Competition exhaust arrives next week. I will be installing it on my 2011 Alpine White ZCP. Some members have had the silencer portions, left and right, of the muffler painted black in order to improve the appearance of the vehicle from behind. I\'ve seen this on darker color M3\'s, but not on an Alpine White. My concern is that a black high temperature resistant powder coat on an Alpine White may make the muffler even more visible. Thoughts!
Do what makes you happy. Ceramic coatings would be a better option for exhaust components.
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Do what makes you happy. Ceramic coatings would be a better option for exhaust components.
I agree with Tom, ceramic coating is the way to go, I did it to my canisters and they look great
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http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthr...+exhaust+black

I am looking into doing the same thing... found this on the forum awhile ago... I just gotta find a ceramic coater who will do it for me in the area
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      07-22-2011, 01:19 PM   #8
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Installed mine without coating or painting the cans. On the alpine white, it almost disappears. Really think it matches the stock set up the best. I almost didn't like the look of the large whole that was there after taking stock exhaust off and the performance exhaust fits right back in there perfectly. Stock wasn't painted. I don't have a rear diffuser and again I feel it looks perfect. Sounds great too! Tips could be a bit larger, but feel it was the best option. So far no paint peel yet.
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Coating M Competition Exhaust

I wanted to thank everyone for their constructive comments on my question. I have a reputable individual who specializes in ceramic and powder coating in my area. His work is impeccable, however, after the response from an Alpine White owner, I am going to fit the exhaust as it comes from the factory. If I don't like the look, I can always remove it for painitng. I also like the work EAS has done with ceramic coatings on these exhausts.
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I wanted to thank everyone for their constructive comments on my question. I have a reputable individual who specializes in ceramic and powder coating in my area. His work is impeccable, however, after the response from an Alpine White owner, I am going to fit the exhaust as it comes from the factory. If I don't like the look, I can always remove it for painitng. I also like the work EAS has done with ceramic coatings on these exhausts.
this is how it looks with ceramic coating, it looks good in my jerez black car but not sure how it would look in a white car
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      07-22-2011, 07:13 PM   #12
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Myself and a lot of guys have used Rustoleum high temp BBQ paint with great results. The cans painted black help it blend in with the shadow under the car. Unpainted the cans will visually pop out more. I initially installed it unpainted but just didn't like the look. Painting the cans made a huge difference in concealing the low hanger's, it also accentuated the tips. FWIW, a local M3 guy checked out my exhaust prior to painting the cans and he really liked the raw look. Like you said, it's an easy fix to paint it if it bothers you. It's an awesome sounding exhaust, you'll love it!
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      07-23-2011, 04:25 AM   #13
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just use high temp paint.
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Installed Performance Exhaust

Well, after much consideration, decided to leave the Performance exhaust stock. I performed the install myself, and it went smoothly as I followed a DIY on these boards. It took about 20 minutes to ensure that the tips were even and aligned. I couldn't believe just how heavy the stock exhaust is when compared to the perfomance version. On darker colored cars, I like the look of the thermal coating, however, as a responder to my original question mentioned, the exhaust tends to disappear on an Alpine White. Thanks again for the constructive comments - this weekend's chore is to install OEM carbon fiber interior trim..........
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