A Guide to Painting Your Motorcycle Exhausts

What You'll Need
Wire brush or rag
Latex gloves
Scrap paper or newspaper
Light sandpaper
High temperature resistant paint
Masking tape

Before you go about painting your motorcycle exhausts, there are a number of different things that you need to know in order to make sure that you complete the project quickly, cleanly and safely. Motorcycle exhaust pipes are among the most common parts of the vehicle that owners like to paint into different colors, so you're sure to find helpful information at your local auto body and motorcycle repair shop, If you still have questions after reading up on the following guide. The key issue to remember is that you'll have to be careful in order to avoid chips and bubbles in the paint, as the exhaust pipes typically reach a very high temperature.

Step 1 - Clean up the Exhausts

Before you begin, give the exhaust pipes a thorough cleaning. Begin by wiping them down with the rag or the wire brush. This will help to remove any excess dirt or debris that may have collected. Carefully and gently sandpaper them to remove any building up or uneven patches of metal. Next, with latex gloves on, carefully clean out the insides of the exhaust pipes with the wire brush or rag. Finally, use the scrap paper or newspaper to wipe down the entire exhaust pipe system once more.

Step 2 - Paint the Pipes

Using high temperature resistant paint that can be found at most auto body stores or that is designed for use on grills or barbecues, coat the outside of the exhaust pipes with a single layer of paint. Be sure to lay down newspaper below the pipes to catch any paint that may fall. You can also use the masking tape to cover up parts of the pipes or the close by potions of the rest of the motorcycle so that you don't accidentally paint them. The best results will come from using spray based high temperature resistant paints. Plan on giving the exhaust pipes at least 3 coats, split up by several hours so that they each have time to dry.

Step 3 - (Optional) Wrap the Pipes

Although it's optional, consider using a heat wrap to wrap up the base of the pipes for about the first 6 inches or so. This is the part of the pipes that tends to get the hottest, as it's closest to the engine. The heat wrap will help to prevent damage to the paint and will also provide a cleaner, more professional look for the exhaust pipes. Heat wraps are available at most auto specialty shops.

For additional assistance or guidance in the process of painting your motorcycle exhaust pipe system, speak with a certified professional at an auto body repair shop.