Yes, I’ll admit it. I pamper my ride. A lot. And it isn’t just my motorcycle. I do that on all my previous cars too.
The 200NS comes with a black-painted exhaust header instead of some shiny stainless steel. It’s been some months since I painted the exhaust header on my 200NS, and there are some new signs of very, very light corrosion. I’ve had good experience with Rustoleum’s High Heat paint on the exhaust and still have more than a half-can remaining.
I recall someone asked me if the exhaust stays black (forever) after the Rustoleum High Heat paint treatment. While I would love for it to be the case, the truth is that I will have to periodically repaint it. Well, that person subsequently mentioned that it was too much of a trouble for him and he was really looking for a more “permanent” solution. Dude! It doesn’t exist! Even polish and wax have to be periodically re-applied! Unless, of course, your machine is a showpiece and remains perpetually in display and not used at all.
As this isn’t my first attempt at exhaust painting, the entire process took me merely 30mins excluding drying / waiting time. Here’s what I did:
- Removed exhaust heat shield for painting a different colour.
- Rubbed down the exhaust area with sandpaper to remove rust and loose contaminants. (5mins)
- Cleaned up the area with a rag to remove all loose contaminants and prep for paint. (2mins)
- Mask the area to be NOT painted on with old newspapers and masking tape. (10mins)
- Apply first coat of Rustoleum High Heat paint. (5mins)
- Allow first coat to dry. (20mins)
- Apply second coat of VHT paint. (5mins)
- Put everything back together. (3mins)
Detailing a motorcycle is not just about washing, waxing and polishing. It’s also about these little details like periodically re-painting of the exhaust headers that keeps the bike looking brand new!