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Engine paint / Exhaust wrap

Hey guys, so I got some plans for the Vulcan this winter, seeing as how it's cold here in WI. I'm going to be putting new handlebars on, seat, custom pipes (I removed the baffles on it so far, sounds MUCH nicer), etc etc. OF COURSE I will be posting pictures, no need to ask friends!

So questions for the experts:

What do you think about engine paint? I know there's high temp resistant spray paint out there that you can spray on your engine. Anyone have experience using it? I know it's easy application, but do you think it's safe and won't cause any inner damage?

Secondly, what do you think about exhaust wraps? I hear good and bad things about it and I want to get your opinions on it. I think it would look real cool and also save my inner thighs from getting burned since I took off the baffles.

I guess these aren't real questions, just asking for opinions.

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I'm working on my VN750 build and doing exactly what you described. So far I've got the engine and exhaust painted with 2000 degree F engine paint (as exhaust pipes can get really hot) and bought high temp wraps too. You should be good if you mask everything off properly and use the included hardware for the wraps. Unfortunately my bike is still in progress and can't start it up yet, so I have to wait to see how it fairs. Good luck!
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did you guys spray the engine or just the pipes? the proper way to do the aluminum cases is to prime them with a special primer that etches the aluminum so the paint sticks to it.
as for wraps, i have it here to do a set of pipes. i just havent taken the time to do it. may wrap the kz pipes this winter

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I've had good luck with VHT brand engine paint.oh if you have outside cats don't let them near wrapped pipes.can you say scratching post?the next question? can you say pork fried rice?hear kitty kitty hear kitty kitty

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Well good thing my cat isn't an outside cat. Good advice nonetheless!

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Most high temp paints won't completely cure until they are heated up. What this means, until you fire up the motor and get it cooking, the paint will scratch more easily, so be careful.

Back in the early 80's, folks were painting various engine parts black because they heard black disperses heat better. Which it does, but the difference is rather small..

http://www.offroaders.com/tech/paint-it-black.htm

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Most high temp paints won't completely cure until they are heated up. What this means, until you fire up the motor and get it cooking, the paint will scratch more easily, so be careful.

Back in the early 80's, folks were painting various engine parts black because they heard black disperses heat better. Which it does, but the difference is rather small..

http://www.offroaders.com/tech/paint-it-black.htm
This is good to know, thanks. So paint it and run the engine for a bit afterward?

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