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.
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.
- 1 Clean exhaust tip
- 2 Method to sand exhaust tip
- 3 Prime exhaust tip
- 4 Paint exhaust tip
- 5 Step by step procedure to paint exhaust tips
- 6 FAQ’s
- 7 Conclusion
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.
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.
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.