View Full Version : Powder coating?

07-22-2010, 02:25 PM
The chrome on my right side exhaust tip is coming off. I was just going to replace them, then I got to thinking about powder coating. I kind of wanted something different than the standard chrome slash cut, but no fishtails or goofy shit.

I was thinking just have them done in gloss black, or maybe wrinkle. I did a CL search and found several places, one in Monroe. He said if I can wait until he fires up the oven for something else he'll strip the chrome and coat them both for $40. That's cheaper than it'd be to replace them by about half.

Ok...yeah, I'm thinking about taking something on my bike that's chrome and making it black. Yes, it's me, no one has hacked my account....

07-22-2010, 04:36 PM
If you are going to replace or re-do them for sure anyway, you might want to try painting them with some VHT wrinkle black first just to see if you like the look. I used it on a few parts on my bike and baked them in my oven ... came out good and matches the factory wrinkle almost exactly.

07-22-2010, 04:46 PM
Slowly trying to 'black out' my bike as well. My understanding was that powdercoat does not hold up well on exhaust systems due to poor heat disipation...I thought that ceramic coated was really the best option. Has your powder coater done exhausts before with success?

07-22-2010, 05:03 PM
Good idea Hoars, I might try it. The only thing is they're chrome so nothing is going to stick, it'd be more of a "Yeah, looks good" then clean it off until I get the coating done. I'm kind of leaning toward gloss black anyway, trying to keep wrinkle black clean by the rear tire would be a full time job.

Dirty: We discussed that. He said regular powder coating is good for 300 degrees and the tip probably stays between 150-200. He did say if we go any farther up on the pipes or header it'd have to be ceramic.

Gas Man
07-22-2010, 06:29 PM
The black might be really cool. I suggest you do the heat shields too.

As far coating... do ceramic. Exotic Coatings in romulus did my chopper frame powder and my pipe's ceramic. The guy is straight and good price.

That being said. The VHT rattle can ceramic is GREAT stuff.

07-22-2010, 06:36 PM
The black might be really cool. I suggest you do the heat shields too.

Not gonna' happen. The tips are one thing, I still like my chrome!

I do like the blacked out look, but this ain't the bike for it.

Gas Man
07-22-2010, 06:43 PM
Do you have pull off tips?

Then I totally understand.

I did the tips on a duece exhaust. Chrome started flaking... sanded it, and sprayed

See the tip flaked


I also did all the heat shields as well. They use to be ceramic coated before... but they were rusted

All done


Gas Man
07-22-2010, 06:44 PM
VHT makes great great products. Cost about $10-$15 for a can of what they offer. Can get it at most auto parts stores.

I have used their ceramic, lens tint, and caliper paint. All great stuff.

07-22-2010, 06:52 PM
Did it stick to the chrome? Hell, I'd try that.

Yeah, removable tips on SE pipes.

07-22-2010, 07:19 PM
There is a guy down in Monroe called Jeff's Powdercoating. I've seen a lot of his work and it all looks good. He was sort of high on some stuff I wanted done. DTP Muscle does awesome pc work too but they moved to Florida.

07-22-2010, 07:38 PM
DTP moved? That sucks.

Jeff is the guy I talked to.

07-22-2010, 08:25 PM
DTP moved? That sucks.

Jeff is the guy I talked to.

Yeppers. Makes more sense down there for them I'd think. I'm pretty sure that 100% of the bikes they did were sold out of Michigan.

07-22-2010, 11:55 PM
Tim: Whats this a move to the darkside??? You go guy!

07-23-2010, 08:39 AM
Hardly. Just a way to fix something that won't cost a ton and will look cool, and little different.

Gas Man
07-25-2010, 11:09 AM
Tele, it stuck fine. I haven't seen it again but it did well. I'm telling you the VHT stuff is awesome. Just one of those companies you don't have to worry about.

07-25-2010, 11:49 AM
I talked to him again. He said he shoots black about every other day. If I take them down I'll have them back pretty quick. He has a job today, if I took them down I could pick them up tomorrow, but I'm going for a ride and don't think I can get them down there soon enough. As long as I'm not out of commission for a week I'm good.

07-26-2010, 01:46 PM
Only company I deal with...

Tell Bill Walker I sent you. (I did some hydrographics on his race car.)

07-26-2010, 02:38 PM
Thanks, but Utica is a long way from Milan for $40 worth of powder coating. This is really experimental anyway, if it doesn't work out I'll just replace them.

08-02-2010, 09:35 AM
Picked them up yesterday, they look great. I'll get them on tonight. Hopefully the coating will last a while.

Gas Man
08-02-2010, 10:28 AM
And our required pics to keep you from the deep banning pit of doom???

08-02-2010, 11:16 AM
Okay. I didn't do any 'before' pics, but there are some on HD's website. I can grab one.

08-02-2010, 08:00 PM
Here's the 'before'


and after:

The powder coat is thick enough that the male connector on the tip wouldn't fit in the pipe. Jeff (powder coat guy) said to hit it with 600 to knock it back if needed. I used 400 for about 20 minutes and didn't get very far. Out came the Dremel with a sanding drum. A few minutes and it fit perfectly.

08-02-2010, 09:39 PM
Looks good man!

08-03-2010, 11:20 PM
Looks good! I was hopeing they fit but then again I didn't really know how tight the fit was but I'm gald it worked out.

Thanks for the work and if you need anything else let me know!

Jeff's Powder Coating
www.jpcoatings.com (http://www.jpcoatings.com)

Gas Man
08-03-2010, 11:23 PM
Always loved the black tips.

08-04-2010, 07:59 AM
Always loved the black tips.