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Old 06-04-2019, 07:56 PM   #11
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I'm with Bitchin'57 on this. Remove the headers to paint as masking will only result in a part job you probably wont be happy with anyway. The underside of the headers will be impossible to paint satisfactorily. Once they are off you could consider a high temperature coating which will look great and far outlive high temperature paint.
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My 56 Nomad has an older set of S&S headers. Had the Nomad for 14 years and from the receipts I got with it, the headers were installed around 1990 so they've been on there for nearly 30 years. They don't leak but look crappy because the 'coating' is missing here and there as shown in the pic. When I get around to taking the car apart (which would give me better access to all sides of the header tubes), I thought about sending them out to Jet-Hot but they charge about $300 for ceramic coating plus there would be shipping both ways.
The alternative would be to try to blast them as best I can and then maybe a brushed on coating of POR-15 for headers. I'm thinking that after all the effort, the paint coating just won't last and with ceramic coating going to be around $400, I might just throw in the towel and buy a new set of ceramic coated headers.
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:07 PM   #13
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Has anyone tried painting headers installed to a SBC while in the engine bay? My 57 has a set of old Appliance headers, full length and NO issues with leaks. Been on there for some time with no leaks and prefer to keep them that way. Would like to scuff them with some Scotchbrite and repaint with white VHT high temp header paint by brush if at all possible. Might be a pain to do it that way but don't want to deal with header leaks if can get away from it.

Anyone ever done this before with success?
Depends on what kind shape they are in now. Being appliance brand, I assume they are white. So you could sand the top and respray, but if they look like these you'd be better off taking them out. appliance headers.jpg
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As the others have said it's a losing cause. You simply can't clean them good enough with them on the car. I doubt if you can buy real VHT high heat paint in a can, it's going to be aerosol. Aerosol painting old headers even off the car isn't going to be rewarding either, especially if they aren't sandblasted or bead blasted. You can do something, but it's only going to last months, if that, not years. And there's no way you can brush paint the whole thing in the car. It's just not going to happen.
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Well, first off want to say thanks to all who advised that trying to paint the headers while installed is a waste of time. Want to also mention my question of doing such was NOT relative to "laziness" as mentioned. Lower back issues for many years prevent me from doing a lot things that years ago came as second nature. Now when my back flares up on occasion I can barely stand upright let alone bend over a fender or crawl underneath a car chassis.

Currently on the recovery from a back flare up so at the moment with my back and the car in paint/body process the whole question is on an academic status for some time. When I get the car home and back in my garage then will be the time to remove the headers, bead blast and re-paint. White for sure as they were when I installed them. Just says "old school" to me which is what i am.
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If you have a trade school anywhere close by, you may could persuade a young gearhead to "assist" with this project and possibly make a new friend at the same time. It would be a great opportunity to pass on 70 plus years of life experiences to a new generation. Just a thought. Hope this helps but by all means GOOD LUCK! Steve
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Yo Tri-Five Brother everybody might not be mechanically inclined,...or just don't feel like going through all that,...always remember,...even if she is all rusty or not fully restored,...The Tri Fives we all own are our precious Rides,...everyone one hasn't graduated fron the School of hard Knocks,...just my OP.
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Well, first off want to say thanks to all who advised that trying to paint the headers while installed is a waste of time. Want to also mention my question of doing such was NOT relative to "laziness" as mentioned. Lower back issues for many years prevent me from doing a lot things that years ago came as second nature. Now when my back flares up on occasion I can barely stand upright let alone bend over a fender or crawl underneath a car chassis.

Currently on the recovery from a back flare up so at the moment with my back and the car in paint/body process the whole question is on an academic status for some time. When I get the car home and back in my garage then will be the time to remove the headers, bead blast and re-paint. White for sure as they were when I installed them. Just says "old school" to me which is what i am.
Good Luck my friend, if you lived near by I'd say come on over and we'd take care of that,...we're here to help one another.
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If you have a trade school anywhere close by, you may could persuade a young gearhead to "assist" with this project and possibly make a new friend at the same time. It would be a great opportunity to pass on 70 plus years of life experiences to a new generation. Just a thought. Hope this helps but by all means GOOD LUCK! Steve
Most constructive post of the thread. Obviously you know what you are doing. So, if the trade school idea does not pan out, could you have a younger friend or neighbor take them off for you? Hardest part are the pipe nuts if real rusty. I assume you can then clean them up and paint and he can re-install under your guidance. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Also, some of the high temp paints require specific heat and cool cycles to cure it properly. Ask me how I know
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