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Ceramic coated or polished

I've got my original exhaust headers off the bike and now wondering after spending 4 hours trying to polish the outside of them up and getting nowhere if i would be better getting them ceramic coated on the outside.

If polishing i will still be here doing it until next year at this rate unless someone knows of an easier way than by hand?

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OEM headers are made from a poor quality stainless.

You can spend as long as you like, cleaning them up, but within weeks or a few hundred miles, it will be as if most of the time and work you put in, never happened.

Ceramic coating is good, expensive, but much longer lasting than any polishing regime, however, in time, that too will need redoing or the headers replaced if it's looks rather than utility you're looking for.
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I've started polishing the bits that could be seen on the bike as I had read a few bad comments about ceramic coating blistering then peeling within a few months of being done, and at close to $200 I would expect it to be looking good for quite a number of years but that doesn't appear to be the case sometimes.
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I would expect it to be looking good for quite a number of years but that doesn't appear to be the case sometimes.
My Jet-Hot pipes are going on 10 years...no issues. Not shiny like a new dime, but....no issues.

IMO, the trick for longevity (assuming you select a good coating company) is careful break-in, believe it or not. Fire the engine, let it run for 30-45 seconds, shut it off and let everything cool. Do it again 90 seconds. And do it a final time, no more than 90 seconds and let cool. Then go for an easy, part throttle ride (no WOT stuff) then let it cool. This method seems to cure the coating gently.

What you DO NOT want to do is fire the bike and stand back and admire your new pipes for 5 minutes(possibly with a groovy new set of mufflers that you're digging the sound of) while the coating gets scorched with no airflow. That will take the shine off them "right now", and contribute to problems down the road.

Polishing them yourself is an absolute waste of time. You're just exposing new metal to a fresh coat of tarnish!

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I media blasted mine then sent to jet-hot. Still looks good. Here in the states around 400usd thinking.
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Not quite ceramic or mirror polished but I went over mine with 180 grit paper to get rid of any corrosion followed by red scotch to even out the finish. Doused in wd40 before starting up for 10 or so mins gives the pipes a nice blue / purple colour.
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I always just wrapped those ugly mothers on the RC51's and made them even uglier!



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Not quite ceramic or mirror polished but I went over mine with 180 grit paper to get rid of any corrosion followed by red scotch to even out the finish. Doused in wd40 before starting up for 10 or so mins gives the pipes a nice blue / purple colour.
Sounds like an interesting option. Any pics after the burn-in?
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Sounds like an interesting option. Any pics after the burn-in?
Disregard.
Sorry for the thread-jack Pirks, I posted in Stu's build thread instead.

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Disregard.
Sorry for the thread-jack Pirks, I posted in Stu's build thread instead.
No problem i had forgotten about stu's thread.
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