Some modifications to a motorcycle can affect performance and some visual appeal, but very few can do both. A great way to improve the performance of a motorcycle engine is by controlling the heat that is produced outside the cylinders. When an engine is able to disperse heat more efficiently, your engine will be less likely to lose power due to a phenomenon called “heat soak.”
A really effective way to manage heat is a lined tailpipe. There are many ways to manage exhaust heat, and some options are better than others, so it’s important to know the difference.
So can you powder coat a motorcycle exhaust? It is possible to apply a layer of dust to the exhaust of a motorcycle, although it is a different process. A powder coating shop will have the correct coatings that will be able to effectively handle the heat produced by an exhaust, but the coating that is used and recommended in the field is not a powder coating specifically, but rather a ceramic coating of high temperature.
A ceramic liner on your exhaust can truly be the best of both worlds. It’s a great way to restore or protect your exhaust, and at the same time makes a striking visual addition. In this article, we’ll look at the different ways you can protect a motorcycle and the pros and cons of a layer of dust.
Using the correct type of powder coating
As I mentioned earlier, the way powder paint is applied to an exhaust is a little different than the way powder paint is applied to the engine, such as the valve cover.
With a normal powder coating method, the part being painted is prepared and then covered with the powder of the desired color. Once covered in dust, the piece is placed in an oven at about 400 degrees and then left there for a while. This heat helps the powder coating adhere to the metal surface and create a smooth, shiny finish. There are many disadvantages to using just a general purpose powder.
The first and most distinguished difference between powder coating and ceramic coating is the low levels of heat that the powder can withstand. With normal dust, the heat it can withstand typically doesn’t exceed 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
I know it seems like a lot, but a times its exhaust can reach temperatures exceeding 1200 degrees . This means that if you used a normal powder in the exhaust, at normal operating temperatures, the powder would chip and burn.
There are special types of powder coating methods that can be used to treat high-temperature products. The wide range of these is known as ceramic tiles . The term ‘ceramic coatings’ is used in the automotive world in relation to several different products, so it is best to know which one you are talking about.
One type is used as a wax application on painted surfaces. The one that is placed on the exhaust and other high-temperature metals is often called “high-temperature ceramic liners.” Fortunately, there are many options that can help you meet your needs, but it can all get quite confusing and you want to make sure you get it right.
In almost every city in the country, you will be able to find a professional powder coat applicator to help you. Almost every professional powder paint applicator you come across will know all the details on how to coat almost every part of your motorcycle. , since they have probably already done it several times.
Advantages of powder coated motorcycle exhaust
Many of the pros that come from powder coating an exhaust are more than just heat management, but they also have a lot to do with how much better it performs compared to other alternatives to a heat-treated coating.
To argue a bit about the benefit that comes from efficient heat management, all engines produce heat. As the piston rises and compresses the air-fuel and then explodes, heat is created and sent through the exhaust pipe. The exhaust then carries the exploded gases out of the end of the exhaust pipe.
Standard exhaust can be very efficient and effective at doing this, but some of the materials they are made from are prone to heat soaking. When exhaust gases are heated, they cannot transfer heat efficiently through the exhaust pipe.
What this means for the engine is that the components that are closest to the exhaust …