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I'm not very mechanically inclined and have no experience in painting anything.

I'd like to get advise on what is the best approach to painting my Icon's stock exhaust. I'd like to black it out.. I'm hoping to get a Red/Black color scheme for my bike. I'm not much into the silver finishings. I plan to use the FT handlebar, black out the side panels and use the black tank protector as a "racing stripe" or bad boy character.

The simple answer is just to take it to my nearest body shop and let them have their way at it.. but I'd like expert advise so I can at least decide if their approach is a solid solution.

Thanks and cheers!
 

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I'm not very mechanically inclined and have no experience in painting anything.

I'd like to get advise on what is the best approach to painting my Icon's stock exhaust. I'd like to black it out.. I'm hoping to get a Red/Black color scheme for my bike. I'm not much into the silver finishings. I plan to use the FT handlebar, black out the side panels and use the black tank protector as a "racing stripe" or bad boy character.

The simple answer is just to take it to my nearest body shop and let them have their way at it.. but I'd like expert advise so I can at least decide if their approach is a solid solution.

Thanks and cheers!
Depends what you mean by exhaust. If it's the silver heat shield over the silencer then good quality paint works fine if the prepatation is done well.
If it's the pipes themselves then I can tell you don't bother, there's no paint for the DIY market that will take the heat. It won't last more than a few miles and the finish will go dull and then ........
What I do with them is get them 'Ceramic Coated'. The satin black can withstand temps. up to 1000'c and other colours which there are a few usually go to around 600'c. Even then after about 10k miles it will start to deteriorate close to the cylinder head or where it get shotbasted by the front tyre throwing up dust etc.
Does look good though.
 

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I want to do mine as well - haven't yet decided what to do but may just spray some high temp matt black onto it
Your build is what inspired me to go with a red and black concept. I want to black out the silver exhaust shield. Silver on the handle bars, side panels and exhaust will be changed to matte black for me.

I'd like to know if powder coating is the best way or spraying with high temperature paint will be better?
 

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Depends what you mean by exhaust. If it's the silver heat shield over the silencer then good quality paint works fine if the prepatation is done well.
If it's the pipes themselves then I can tell you don't bother, there's no paint for the DIY market that will take the heat. It won't last more than a few miles and the finish will go dull and then ........
What I do with them is get them 'Ceramic Coated'. The satin black can withstand temps. up to 1000'c and other colours which there are a few usually go to around 600'c. Even then after about 10k miles it will start to deteriorate close to the cylinder head or where it get shotbasted by the front tyre throwing up dust etc.
Does look good though.
Ceramic coating would be fantastic if i could get it done on my handle bars, side panels and exhaust shield!!! But I doubt anyone offers that service here in the Philippines.
 

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HT exhaust spray paint might be worth a try it coped with an FTO's manifold seriously hot but protected from the elements Matt black finish looks good !
Cheap enough to try but either way it's all in the prep! And many light coats. I've used hammerite smooth black on handle bars nice finish didn't chip lasted years.
 

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Over the weekend i found time and guts to spray paint my muffler and exhaust shields with high temperature (1000'F) matte black. Then did a 100km ride a day after. My painting skills weren't the greatest. But the end result is livable. My next project is to have thd side panels powder coated.

I wish i could post pictures, but i only use a cellphone and can't seem to upload pictures to this forum as simple as Facebook.
 

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Over the weekend i found time and guts to spray paint my muffler and exhaust shields with high temperature (1000'F) matte black. Then did a 100km ride a day after. My painting skills weren't the greatest. But the end result is livable. My next project is to have thd side panels powder coated.

I wish i could post pictures, but i only use a cellphone and can't seem to upload pictures to this forum as simple as Facebook.
Upload your photos to facebook then click the link to view photo, On your phone touch and hold or push if available the settings button. THen click copy image URL. On the forum there is a photo button that will allow you to "paste URL"

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or the other option is to select Upload file bottom right of Text box and click upload file. Locate file location then select thumbnail or full size.
 

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HT exhaust spray paint might be worth a try it coped with an FTO's manifold seriously hot but protected from the elements Matt black finish looks good !
Cheap enough to try but either way it's all in the prep! And many light coats. I've used hammerite smooth black on handle bars nice finish didn't chip lasted years.
I am thinking about trying some HT paint. Any recommendations on prep?
 

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Hi all, sorry to revive an old thread, but I'm looking to paint the exhaust heat shield matte black as well on my Icon. I don't trust myself with any big paint jobs but this one might be fun to try myself :)

A few questions:

1. Is sanding necessary if there are no chips or damage?
2. Is spray paint ok for this, or should I go with normal paint?
3. Would anyone be so kind as to make paint recommendations, both for the High Temp primer and a flat black? Rust-oleum, VHT, and Dupli-Color come up on Amazon...

@lookslikeanevo I'm interested in what supplies you used since you seem to have gotten a good result?

Thanks in advance!
 

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Hi all, sorry to revive an old thread, but I'm looking to paint the exhaust heat shield matte black as well on my Icon. I don't trust myself with any big paint jobs but this one might be fun to try myself :)

A few questions:

1. Is sanding necessary if there are no chips or damage?
2. Is spray paint ok for this, or should I go with normal paint?
3. Would anyone be so kind as to make paint recommendations, both for the High Temp primer and a flat black? Rust-oleum, VHT, and Dupli-Color come up on Amazon...

@lookslikeanevo I'm interested in what supplies you used since you seem to have gotten a good result?

Thanks in advance!
Always sand down the surface to knock of the sheen, a good rub with Scotch-bright, this gives a decent key for the new paint. Just because the word heat is used to describe the component does not mean you need high temp paint. I've sprayed many heat shields and never use high temp, it not required. Use a panel wipe or Acetone (nail polish cleaner) to wipe down and don't touch it with bare hands before paint to keep skin oils away.
 

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I had mine ceramic coated cost me £120. Be warned on an 1100 anyway don’t know if the 800 is the same, leave the piece to the vertical cylinder in place as I couldn’t remove mine. I phoned about 5 Ducati dealers who said they couldn’t get it off either.
 

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That's cheap, I've just paid last week £217 albeit posted for an exhaust at Maldon Shotblast & Powder Coating.
Julian stated it was just the heatshield he wanted to do.
 

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I took mine to a place in Oldham Lancs. It wasn’t a specialist auto shop, they actually do mostly firearms.
 

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I took mine to a place in Oldham Lancs. It wasn’t a specialist auto shop, they actually do mostly firearms.
I used to use Perth Powder Coating for my exhaust ceramics, they made an excellent job and stood up well until they stopped that side of the business. I then used a company down South and it looked great out of the box but the black satin quickly went grey matt.
This company Maldon offer a warranty against this for two years so time will tell.
 

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I used to use Perth Powder Coating for my exhaust ceramics, they made an excellent job and stood up well until they stopped that side of the business. I then used a company down South and it looked great out of the box but the black satin quickly went grey matt.
This company Maldon offer a warranty against this for two years so time will tell.
Sounds good, let me know how it goes in case I need mine redoing.
 
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