How to prep non coated headers. TAKEN FROM ANOTHER SITE but would help here as well

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How to prep non coated headers. TAKEN FROM ANOTHER SITE but would help here as well

Post by Limey SE on Fri Oct 08, 2010 10:09 pm

How to prep non coated headers.

Take them to a sandblaster & Pay ~$30 to remove rust, or the cheap Crappy paint they use from the factory.
Buy 2 cans of your preferred collor VHT Header paint
Hang/suspend headers for cleaning & painting.
Wipe off headers througoughly with rubbing alcohol or wax & grease remover.
Spray a few light coats over the headers.
Have a propane torch handy. Light torch- aim flame into the bottom collector tube- let run for a few mins- you will see steam/smoke coming up the top of the primary tubes.
Let cool down
Spray a few more light coats over the headers.
Heat with torch again
Repeat until you have the headers coated really good.

Heating with the torch will help the VHT cure. When you run the engine the first time, it won't burn off the paint now.

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Post by Jedediah on Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:45 pm

Nice i will keep this in mind when i get my new ones.
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Post by Limey SE on Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:37 pm

So I did the header coating by this process and I must say turned out real nice took about 3.0 hours total to do both headers

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Post by pila on Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:47 pm

I'm using manifolds instead of headers on my Caddy engine in my Elco. (not enough room for headers) I bought some black paint coating for those from Eastwood, and used the same procedure to cure the paint. Of course it take more heat for cast iron, to cure the paint........

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Post by Limey SE on Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:48 pm

right I here ya buddy

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Post by The Dude on Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:35 am

Oven baking them works too... well if your wife doesn't mind lol!
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Post by Limey SE on Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:06 am

this is true Rago but you will not be able to use the oven for food again for the residuals of paint fumes getting into fumes and I would advise NOT using same oven you cook in LOL

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Post by The Dude on Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:11 pm

Actually you can. My grandfather taught me that trick years ago & he used his oven again. Take a look inside your oven one of these days & you'll see that it's probably painted from the factory. It DOES need to air out, but the oven will still be usable afterwords. Besides, have you ever been hit with oven cleaner fumes? pale That stuff is 10x worse than any paint fumes I've ever smelled, not to mention the chemicals that are in it are known to cause cancer.

Powder-coating in your oven is a different story though. I believe that one might be a no no.
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Post by Limey SE on Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:06 pm

I have a self cleaning Oven so No worries

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