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chuntera

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Reply #30 on: September 27, 2019, 12:42:58 AM
I sanded the pipe on my '08 classic with 400 grit then gave a it coat of rattle can VHT clear. I mostly wanted to keep the exhaust from discoloring. Looked great for a couple weeks until it picked up a couple gobs of road tar.




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Reply #31 on: September 27, 2019, 02:43:49 AM
I know where you guys are coming from but for me, I like the blues and purples on my chrome exhaust pipe.

It shows that this is not some babied, lived in a closet, motorcycle.  It is a a real motorcycle that has been out there and lived it and done it and is damn proud of it.

Different strokes for different folks I guess.
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Reply #32 on: September 27, 2019, 12:11:25 PM
I sanded the pipe on my '08 classic with 400 grit then gave a it coat of rattle can VHT clear. I mostly wanted to keep the exhaust from discoloring. Looked great for a couple weeks until it picked up a couple gobs of road tar.

      How would a clearcoat keep an exhaust header pipe from discoloring?  ???
« Last Edit: September 27, 2019, 12:14:30 PM by tooseevee »
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Reply #33 on: September 27, 2019, 03:15:01 PM
Guilty as charged, tooseevee!  ;) The plain black pipe on yours looks meaner, result.

What I'd like to find in the UK is someone doing the chrome effect ceramic coating, not sure we have anyone here doing that yet. Ordinary powder coating yes, but not the high-temp stuff, at least not chrome.

A.

There's a fella up my end of the woods that does it, so I'm told.
That PChrome spraying sounds good.

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Reply #34 on: September 29, 2019, 04:35:22 PM
      How would a clearcoat keep an exhaust header pipe from discoloring?  ???

Clear coat supposed to provide oxygen & moisture barrier to prevent oxidation. In practice the clear coat became a bit cloudy near the header.


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Reply #35 on: September 30, 2019, 01:40:03 AM
The way I figure it, my nicely colored exhaust with its purples and blues reached almost 900 degrees F to get those colors.

I don't know of any clear coat paint that can take those kind of temperatures without being destroyed.

(As I've said before, my Royal Enfield is proud of its multicolored exhaust header. )
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Reply #36 on: September 30, 2019, 12:22:19 PM
Clear coat supposed to provide oxygen & moisture barrier to prevent oxidation. In practice the clear coat became a bit cloudy near the header.

     "provide oxygen"?

     The pretty colors are not from oxidation. They are from heat. Clearcoat will not keep your header pipe from getting hot or keep it from coloring at certain temperatures. It's just physics.
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Reply #37 on: October 06, 2019, 04:30:35 PM
Head's finished, along with the tappet cover. Exhaust Port cleaned up and polished some and Valves lapped.

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Reply #38 on: October 06, 2019, 07:20:54 PM
I like my alloy head and all, but damn if that ain't some pretty work there, Heloego. Very tidy. Very tidy indeed.
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Reply #39 on: October 07, 2019, 01:06:19 AM
Head's finished, along with the tappet cover. Exhaust Port cleaned up and polished some and Valves lapped.


         Wow! Respects from MY dirty ol' garage I can tell you that! I can see, smell, hear, taste and feeeeel the work that shows there.

          Well done!

           Now what excuse can I come up with that my head needs to come off for ??? ??? ??? Hhhmmmmm
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Reply #40 on: October 07, 2019, 04:45:43 AM
Polished fin edges on alloy always look good, whether it's with a black coating, or better still (IMHO) with the castings stripped/blasted back to bare metal.

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Reply #41 on: October 07, 2019, 11:54:49 AM
Thanks.
It's what the guy wanted and he's a happy (at the moment) customer. In his words, "I want it to look like an iron bridge across the River Liffey with 200 years of gloss black paint slapped on it."
OK.

It's only two coats each of high temp primer and paint, as I felt any more would seriously reduce the heat transfer from the fins. I'd have preferred to etch and have it black anodized, but his budget won't allow for it. As it is, My concern is how much hotter than normal the AVL is gonna run.
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Reply #42 on: October 07, 2019, 02:31:36 PM
Kal-Gard Gun Kote?

http://www.kal-gard.co.za/coatings/gun-kote.html

Scroll down here to see it used on motorcycle engines.

http://tedsshed.co.uk/paintwork-3/engine-coatings/

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Reply #43 on: October 09, 2019, 11:50:36 PM
Kal-Gard not available here, but I've contacted a local outfit that can do hard anodizing in any color I want. They'll do the media blasting, too. Currently waiting for them to get back to me.
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