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Old 05-22-2009, 01:28 PM   #1
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Paint your mufflers!

Here's a picture of our Camaro as I was painting the mufflers before I finished doing both. With the black valance, IMO the mufflers stand out too much so I painted both. I used Rustoleum "High Heat" spray paint (I'm sure any paint for a Bar-B-Que would do).

Clean the mufflers with dawn or any grease removing cleaner using a dobbie or other rough surface brush or sponge. I don't recommend using any sort of sand paper. Let dry or use a leaf blower to get the moisture off.

I don't think you should paint them while they're hot. As with any spay paint, put on several light coats, let 'em dry between coats (about 8-10 min), and make sure you mask off the area surrounding what you're painting. The paint I used said to wait one hour (I know, it ain't easy to wait). After that, drive your a$$ off.
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Old 05-22-2009, 01:37 PM   #2
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Looks much better. Definety worth the work.
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What was painted???
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Old 05-22-2009, 01:49 PM   #4
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What was painted???
The Muffler...
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Old 05-22-2009, 02:42 PM   #5
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It sure looks better. What paint did you exactly buy? Ive been waiting to see this actually done so thanks for the pic, can you post some finished pics please?
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Old 05-22-2009, 02:44 PM   #6
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Old 05-22-2009, 02:45 PM   #7
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I'd say it's an improvement, but I can't say for sure I would go through with it.
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Hey Merf, is there any reason behind being unsure of going through with that?
Im not sure if there is anything to be worried about so that is why im asking since i plan on doing the same thing
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Great idea!!

Car is shiney as hell, what did you use?

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Hey Merf, is there any reason behind being unsure of going through with that?
Im not sure if there is anything to be worried about so that is why im asking since i plan on doing the same thing
I would be worried that the paint would start to chip off. Then it would look like a$$!
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Old 05-22-2009, 03:03 PM   #11
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No it has nothing to do with wearing off...it's spray paint, so it would just be a matter of re-painting it...I'm just not sure how much I hate the shiny mufflers. I'll let you know when I finally own one.
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Old 05-22-2009, 05:43 PM   #12
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Here's a picture of our Camaro as I was painting the mufflers before I finished doing both. With the black valance, IMO the mufflers stand out too much so I painted both. I used Rustoleum "High Heat" spray paint (I'm sure any paint for a Bar-B-Que would do).

Clean the mufflers with dawn or any grease removing cleaner using a dobbie or other rough surface brush or sponge. I don't recommend using any sort of sand paper. Let dry or use a leaf blower to get the moisture off.

I don't think you should paint them while they're hot. As with any spay paint, put on several light coats, let 'em dry between coats (about 8-10 min), and make sure you mask off the area surrounding what you're painting. The paint I used said to wait one hour (I know, it ain't easy to wait). After that, drive your a$$ off.

Can you post the pics of both done? We can compare against a normal RJT to see which one's got the goods....

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Old 05-22-2009, 06:15 PM   #13
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It's going to cheap off
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:04 PM   #14
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What was painted???

Help, I'm looking for a red and white striped man!



LOL, just kidding. he painted the actually mufflers so they arent so apparent to the vehicles behind.

This looks pretty good and I will probably do it to mine when it gets here. What did you do to protect the rest of you car from over spray? just drape it with a painters tarp or something?
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:53 PM   #15
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So, what exactly did you paint? J/K Thanks for the post, KJS. Good idea using a good grease cutting soap such as dish liquid. Looks far better IMO.



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I would be worried that the paint would start to chip off. Then it would look like a$$!
What's up C_C? No reason whatsoever for that to happen, if the surface is clean when painted. I'll definitely do that if I don't get the GMPP exhaust.
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Old 05-22-2009, 09:00 PM   #16
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I've done this on my Vette 3 year ago...

Andro - Nothing flaked or pealed. Didn't scratch off as the paint gets better the more its heated.

TJ91 - Painted them with Rust-o-leum High Heat Bar-B-Que paint.

Kvapil28 - scroll the picture to the left then to the right. Left side was painted, right side was not.

Westvan - I'll put the pix of both mufflers on the thread tomorrow.

Bobby35NY - I've been using Eagle One Nanowax. Use a quarter size glob of Eagle One per quarter of the car - sometimes the less used the better, let haze and wipe with microfiber cloth. Amazingly there is almost no "white dust" from this stuff/
Then give it a light spray of Adams Detail Spray (adamspolishes.com), wipe with at microfiber cloth. The Adams makes it really "pop".

Been using this routine on my 15 year old Vette for about 3 years. ALWAYS getting complimented "has that just been painted?"
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Old 05-22-2009, 09:23 PM   #17
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Nice ! Little mods that finishes it up cleanely.
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Old 05-22-2009, 09:54 PM   #18
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pretty sure there is also a heavy duty automotive engine paint that is flat black in auto zone and alike stores.
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:29 PM   #19
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pretty sure there is also a heavy duty automotive engine paint that is flat black in auto zone and alike stores.
True - flat, satin whatever your pleasure.
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:53 PM   #20
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Looks much better.
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Old 05-23-2009, 08:03 AM   #21
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Thats OK, it was cheap to put on!!
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Old 05-23-2009, 08:05 AM   #22
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nice cheap fix!
i think it looks much better
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Old 05-23-2009, 02:57 PM   #23
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That looks great! Nice fix.
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Old 05-25-2009, 07:49 AM   #24
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or you could get spray paint that is made for exhaust pipes/headers. such as VHT High heat paint. i just painted my headers/ypipe on my third gen and it looks great. its not a glossy black though its like a powered coated flat black.

all you have to do is rough up the surface, clean it, spay 3 coats on within an hour, run the car at idle for 20min, cool for 20, run for 30, cool for 20, and you are done.
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:21 AM   #25
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Nice Job KJ! Now your thinking like a new owner. Post away friend, us next in line guys appreciate the idea's!
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