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I'm looking to have my tips painted as well with high temp paint. However, the stock finish on my S-type tips seems very smooth and my paint guy was suggesting that we etch the area that I want painted with some kind of acid first. Another guy was saying he'd "roughen" or scratch the surface up first to help the paint adhere. Ideally, I'd like to just paint it myself as is just use a prep spray, primer, paint, then clear coat. Any suggestions? Also, has anyone used the VHT Flameproof paint system before???
 

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I had high temp powder coating done and at 1,300 miles it looks fine. It's not high gloss but not completely flat either, more of a satin finish and slightly textured. I will try to get a pic later if it ever stops raining. The guy that did it claimed to have done a pair of exhaust manifolds three years ago and they still look new.
Thanks for the info.. I talked to a local guy here who powdercoats and he says that his high temp stuff only goes to 200 degrees before it turns matte.. The question is whether the tips reach 200.. Can you post pics when you get a chance?
 

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I used the VHT on my 2006's 5" TD tips and it lasted a lot longer than tthe powder on my 13's. I plan to pull my Borla off sometime this summer and use the VHT system.
I bought the VHT system and am waiting for it.. The main issue I'm worried about is prepping the smooth stainless tips... I had one guy tell me to use an acid etch... I was thinking I'd just hit it with sandpaper first.. What did you do to prep the tips? And did you go through the curing process?
 
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