How to paint exhaust tips

Today we will learn to paint exhaust tips at home without taking the car to the workshop. The process is very simple and easy to learn if learned properly with step by step guide and here I have this guide for you people who are beginners and want to paint their exhausts tips at home.

This guide is tested by my amateurs’ fellows and they found quite decent results after completing and I have also analyzed much better results of my fellas with this guide.

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This guide is based on my own experience which I have gained over the course of years. So it is considerable for new comers who were hesitant to do this job by themselves.

Clean exhaust tip

There are two methods you can use to clean your exhaust tips, manual and automatic. To clean exhaust tips manually, you will need a cleaning product with a tip that could reach through the exhaust tips.

There are automatic exhaust tips cleaners available in many stores. You just need to make sure that it can clean your exhaust tip. Prior to cleaning, make sure the engine is switched off and the car is parked in a safe place to prevent harm to anyone.

Method to sand exhaust tip

Sanding the tips is a necessary step to smoothen the surface of the exhaust tips to allow the paint to stick and give a better finish. This is how I sand my exhaust tips before painting. I just take a 4 inch sanding disk and attach it to my electric drill.

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I then tape off the areas around the tips to prevent any sanding on the areas which I don’t want to be sanded. The next step is to use the electric drill to sand the tips and remove any rust and smooth out the edges.

When you feel that you have sanded the tips sufficiently, take off the tape, and then sand and polish the part around the tip. Use a polisher to smooth out and polish the area around the tip.

Prime exhaust tip

You can prime it yourself. There are two options available today. If you want to prime it with spray cans then you should sand the existing paint off the exhaust tips. Spray cans of primer are usually recommended to do touch ups or smaller areas.

You must sand the surface even if you are going to use cans. Beside that you should go with the second option and use rattle cans. This is a better option because you make sure that no paint is left on the exhaust tips.

If you are working on high fenders then do not forget to wear gloves and eye protection because you will be too close to the exhaust tip and it may get very hot.

Paint exhaust tip

If you are looking for a way to paint the tips, you can use a spray gun. Spray guns come in a variety of sizes, with each size being able to hold a different amount of paint. You can choose a gun based on the amount of paint you will be using. It is important to know that you are spraying paint, not a base coat. You need to use a primer before painting with the spray gun.

To apply the paint, we will add a coat to the outside of the pipe. Then, we leave it to dry for an hour (or according to the instructions from the paint instructions). Once it is dry, we apply another coat. We repeat this step until there is three or four coats on the pipe. This will result in optimal performance.

Step by step procedure to paint exhaust tips

For painting exhaust tips, you need to remove the muffler, paint the tip and apply heat for the paint to cure. Here’s the steps:

  • Make sure you have the proper paints for your car. Your car’s manufacturer will have a recommended brand of paint.
  • Remove the muffler. For safety reasons, you may want to disconnect the catalytic converter.
  • Mask the areas surrounding the exhaust tips. You do not want paint getting on other areas of your car or on you.
  • Clean the exhaust tip thoroughly. This is important because you don’t want any dirt or debris to mix with the paint.
  • Paint the exhaust tips with the paint of your choice.
  • Let the paint dry.
  • After the paint has dried, apply heat to the tips with a blow dryer. This is what really cures the paint and gives it a nice shine.


Flat black is the best paint to use on exhaust tips. It sticks to the metal and won’t come off in the rain or anything. It is then primed with a high heat primer or high heat paint, and then coated with the flat black. You can use the same black on your car if you want, but primer and high heat paint is needed to insure that the color lasts.

Yes, you can paint chrome exhaust tips black. But first, make sure you are doing it for the right reasons: If you want black tips to match an all-black car, then you don’t need to do anything. Most high-end exhaust systems come with black tips, and if that’s what you want, don’t change it. If you have chrome exhaust tips on an otherwise all-black car, consider repainting them a darker black to match the rest of the exhaust. The best way to get them done properly is to take them to a chrome shop that also paints/coats cars (it’s more than just spraying some paint on there). They will do a better job than any spray can you might use.

Yes. You can Plasti Dip your exhaust tips. Some people try to do this to modify the appearance of their car a little. You can do it by taking the tips off your muffler and plasti dipping the exposed pipe. Make sure the muffler is off so that you don’t accidentally dip the muffler and ruin it. If you want to plasti dip your muffler, you can get a muffler shop to do that for you — it should be a lot cheaper than getting your muffler plasti dipped. It’s best to avoid plasti dipping the exhaust tips if you’re worried about getting it done professionally.

Yes, Ceramic coat exhaust tips are actually a great idea. An exhaust tip can be transformed into a unique décor piece by adding a cool finish. This can be done by either painting the tip or protecting with a chrome finish via ceramic coating. There are two popular types of ceramic coating: wet-look ceramic coating and matte ceramic coating.


So, there you have it! A complete guide to paint exhaust tips at home without taking the car to the workshop. If you’re still not comfortable with performing this task at home, then it’s recommended you take the car to a workshop. But if you’re confident enough then go ahead and follow the steps explained in this guide in order to achieve the best results. Comment down your queries they will be answered at first place.

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