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Ceramic Header Spray Coating

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 10:00 PM PDT

Hello IPM fans, this is Paul with another intriguing update on Project Corona.

When we first got the Corona GSX-R600, the lower fairing was smashed, broken, and melted to the exhaust header. In this video, we will be working on removing the melted plastic from the header to prevent the noxious fumes and give the motorcycle a cleaner appearance.

We are using a wire brush attached to a drill to remove the melted plastic. At the same time, we will also be using the wire brush to take off the surface rust that has started to appear.

To prevent further corrosion of the exhaust headers we will then coat them in a spray-on colored coating with ceramic-based paint. This coating will prevent rust from forming on the brushed areas and contain some of the heat from radiating out to other parts of the motorcycle.

Before applying the ceramic coating, we are going to use a solvent to remove grease, oil, and other contaminants that would interfere with the bonding process of the spray-on coating. We will be applying the coating in multiple coats. First, a light base coat, then two more increasingly heavier coats, letting the coating set between each application. The directions for our ceramic coating suggest waiting 10 minutes between each coat, and waiting one hour before moving the headers after the final coat.

A nice feature on our spray can is an easy press applicator tip that requires less pressure and effort to maintain a spray stream. This results in a claimed 50% less finger fatigue, and is very noticeable.

Stay tuned for more updates, and be sure to order your copy of the 2011 print edition of Inline Performance Magazine HERE at the pre-order price until supplies last.

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