Choosing Exhaust Headers With the Right Coating – What Does it All Mean?

With today’s ever changing gas prices, and constantly evolving market there’s always one part that stands out and will always be a timeless upgrade for performance enthusiasts everywhere. Exhaust Headers…

Performance headers are considered to be a worth-while upgrade for most performance nuts! And is an upgrade that will last for years if you purchase a good set. Keep in mind, the headers on a car or a truck need to be able to take some serious abuse because of what they’re intended to do. Headers are intended to allow hot gasses to escape from the engines combustion chamber quicker than the factory built exhaust manifold(s). Keep in mind, the combustion chamber of any motor is the hottest and highest temperature of anything on the vehicle!

If a poor set of exhaust headers are purchased without any coating, it’s likely that the outside elements like moisture (rust) will break through within a couple of years.

Treating a header can be done in a few different ways. Here is a list of the most common coatings you will find:

Ceramic Coating- Provides protection for both outer and inner layer of the pipe. Ceramic coating resists all elements, and will provide a long lasting look, and temperature protection under hood to extend the life of all rubber components like belts & hoses. Average temperature loss vs. chrome/painted headers is nearly 30%

Chrome plating- Provides a good look, but over time will break down with prolonged heat, and exposure to the outside elements such as salt, dirt, mud and high operating temperatures

Black Paint- Provides a coating that will quickly fade away due to high temperatures (even with hi-temp paint) and will have to be refinished nearly once a year