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Old 05-03-2013, 11:23 AM   #1
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Painting the Muffler

Thinking about painting the ugly silver muffler this weekend and wanted to know if there's any prep work needed first? I bought the black hi-temp paint but wasn't sure if that's all I needed to do.

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Thinking about painting the ugly silver muffler this weekend and wanted to know if there's any prep work needed first? I bought the black hi-temp paint but wasn't sure if that's all I needed to do.

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I just roughed mine up with a finer grit sandpaper then made sure it was clean before spraying. Came out great and it looks the same as the day I did it.

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Old 05-03-2013, 11:55 AM   #3
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I just roughed mine up with a finer grit sandpaper then made sure it was clean before spraying. Came out great and it looks the same as the day I did it.
Sweet, thanks!
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I washed mine good and painted it with high temp flat black header paint and it has held up well for a couple months now.
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:04 PM   #5
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High temp is not necessary but not a bad idea either. Scuff it with a red scotch brite pad. Clean it well and shoot it.
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:06 PM   #6
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Scuff it with a red scotch brite pad.
Dang... I used a green Scotch Brite.... my bad
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:08 PM   #7
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Dang... I used a green Scotch Brite.... my bad
Either will etch the surface, green will just be finer and may take more passes.

Anyone drop the muffler first?
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:11 PM   #8
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Either will etch the surface, green will just be finer and may take more passes.

Anyone drop the muffler first?
I say just mask off what is needed and paint what's visible. That's my plan.
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Personally I didn't even scuff on either of my JK's and it held up fine. Just cleaned it some, then shot on the high temp grill paint.
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It seems some of you have used "high temp grill paint" - my Home Depot carries a Rustoleum high temp grill paint but it doesn't say if it's matte/flat or semi/gloss. I think others have used the VHT brand as well. Any recommendations for a matte/flat finish?
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Either should look fine. I am pretty sure I used the Rustoleum Grill paint on mine....it looks flat.
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I used the VHT and it holds up well. I used the same paint on the exhaust on a Sportster last year and its still there.
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I used header paint I picked up at NAPA.
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I used high heat Rustoleum. I preped with a quick sanding with a scotch brite red brillow pad. It's about the same as 100 grit sand paper. Mine has held up pretty well for about 8 months. I did have to touch up a few spots recently. Likely from prepping it too quick. I sprayed my whole exhaust pipe and anywhere that had bare metal except the drive shaft.
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Thanks for the feedback! I'll pick up the Rustoleum and report back in a week or so.
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My muffler is stained with red mud famous in the south. Do you guys suggest I rough it up a little before painting or do you think it would stick without it?
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My muffler is stained with red mud famous in the south. Do you guys suggest I rough it up a little before painting or do you think it would stick without it?
I cleaned the mud stains off mine the best I could. Roughed it up and wiped it with acetone.

What sucks now is I have a black muffler stained brown from the mud. No win for me.
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Stupid question Are you guys removing the muffler to paint it ?
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Stupid question Are you guys removing the muffler to paint it ?
Not necessary.
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--backdoc- thanks for the info, I guess I should make this my summer project I recently changed the muffler to banks cause I couldn't stand looking at the big OLD muffler.
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Stupid question Are you guys removing the muffler to paint it ?
I removed mine.
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I removed mine and used a hi temp engine paint in flat black. Very easy to remove and lets you get the entire muffler painted.
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is there a quick write-up on removing muffler to prep/paint? im mechanically challenged
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I'm lazy... I just wiped my down with a wet rag, waited for it to dry, crawled under the jeep, sprayed it with high temp Rustoleum flat black ( two coats). Done!! A year later it still looks the same as when I first did it.
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I'm lazy... I just wiped my down with a wet rag, waited for it to dry, crawled under the jeep, sprayed it with high temp Rustoleum flat black ( two coats). Done!! A year later it still looks the same as when I first did it.
I did the same. Quick wipe and only sprayed the parts you can see. All that prep work just gets in the way of beer.
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Sand, wash with prep sol, and paint with flat black high temp paint!
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Hit mine with a pressure washer, let it dry and sprayed it with paint.
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:26 AM   #29
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I painted mine last year and it makes a big difference in making the muffler less visible,,, but it's still a big, ugly muffler. A stainless Banks Monster exhaust, installed a few weeks ago, made big ugly go away.
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Pretty simple. Remove the clamp from the muffler to the exhaust tube. Then remove the bumper from the hangers. Might need to use some lube on the hangers to pry the muffler out. Took me about 10 min to remove muffler. 5 to put back on.


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