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Old 12-17-2012, 09:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Jet Coating Headers and Exhaust

So I'm getting ready to embark on some winter mods and one of the things I'm considering is jet coating my headers and BC Predators. I go back and forth on this but my question is if there would be any issues jet coating the headers which definitely have blue'd over time -- 2000 miles to be exact.

I appreciate any insight/information you can share. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've done several bikes with ceramic coating (a.k.a. polished aluminum or chrome finish). Jet isn't the only company that does this kind of finish. You might be able to save a few bucks by searching around.....i.e.....key words ceramic coating. I did make one mistake years ago with a BMW K11RS of trying to have the CAT coated....with in 800 miles I had to remove it and replace with a Remus....

The ceramic coating (depending on which color finish you go with) is very easy to maintain and well worth the money spent....especially with stainless steel exhaust that not only turn blue, but brown as well.
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Thanks for the follow-up, MOTOBU. Yes, my thread title and my question were a bit misleading in that I should have specified ceramic coating in matte black. I was most curious of anyone has done a matte black ceramic coating on headers that have discolored and if there are any associated challenges. My Predators are in mint condition so I don't see any issues with those... Thanks again.
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+1. I really like my ceramic coating on my headers. I chose a satin black, similar to the finish on the frame. Still like new after about 1,000 miles. It cost me $120 total. I was going for the matte, but they came out shinier. After seeing them, I liked it, though.

Please be sure to check the reputation of whom you choose. I agree, there are other places that can do it, as I found. But you can find some hacks out there, too.
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Great feedback, kreemsicle! When you had the satin ceramic coating applied, had your headers discolored already? That's my biggest concern - do I need to start with new, non-colored headers or can I roll with my headers that have 2000 miles on them and are discolored??? I figured there would be a person or two on here that have already tackled this... Thank you!
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The people you choose to ceramic coat your headers should blast your headers with a medium to make sure they are absolutely clean before coating, this will take off any bluing that is there. Make sure you use a reputable company and don't go for the cheapest without checking their previous customers or you may end up with ceramic coating that starts to flake off after 6 months use.
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Thank you, all - very helpful!
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Great feedback, kreemsicle! When you had the satin ceramic coating applied, had your headers discolored already? That's my biggest concern - do I need to start with new, non-colored headers or can I roll with my headers that have 2000 miles on them and are discolored??? I figured there would be a person or two on here that have already tackled this... Thank you!
They were a hideous mess. The previous owner had driven the bike a bit with only one cylinder running.

Like Pieman said, they should clean it first. Actually, you'd be surprised how easily that bluing will disappear with the right implements. Some members use some products that take all day and exhaust you, but you can get buffing wheels, etc, that will take it off much quicker. However, it takes having the right tools and know-how to not mess things up.

You're not far from the originators of the concept, so that's convenient. But they're not cheap. I can send you the name of the place I used in Jax FL if you're interested.

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The next time I do black ceramic on headers, I will ask to see samples of the plater's work. I sent my '03 Bonnie Headers off to California to be coated back in '04. They came back looking very good and SMOOTH. 30000 miles later, and they still look like they did when I first installed them, except for one place on the NH Toga where I rub off the black with my boot.

I used a local plater to do the headers on my '08 Tiger, and they were/are anything but smooth. They don't and never will look as good as the Bonnie headers. His powder coating was very good, but ceramic coating is a different ball game, IMHO.

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