Rusting exhaust - how to cure and prevent?

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Rusting exhaust - how to cure and prevent?

#1 Unread post by Gyti » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:58 am

My exhaust(s) have been catching quite some rust lately. I live in an area with much rain and cold, moist winters, which probably accelerates the deteriation.

- What's the best way to remove the rust?
Pressured air driven metal-brush?
Seems good for the stock-exhaust, but on the LeoVince I need something that won't mess up the cool finish on it.

- How do I protect the metal from rusting when I've removed the old rust? Can anybody recommend some kickass paint that truly works? Most paints can't handle the heat.

1. A matte black color that matches the original exhaust. A shining deep black color would look pretty silly.

2. A clear coat for my LeoVince ZX exhaust.

Thanks a lot.
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Re: Rusting exhaust - how to cure and prevent?

#2 Unread post by pchast » Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:15 pm

rustoleum Hi-Heat paint, at any auto parts store,
is made for headers and exhaust.

Read the manufacturer's data sheet.
'80 Suzuki GS550L

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