Paint Exhaust

Painting an exhaust

You can easily make an exhaust go from this

to this

There are two steps to repainting your exhaust. The first step is to remove the old paint (and rust if present). This is best done with a power tool and a grinding brush available at your local hardware or automotive store. It's important that you get ALL the paint and rust off. Expect to spend several hours stripping your exhaust. Once your exhaust is completely stripped use a rag and some Acetone to clean the exhaust. We need to remove all dirt and dust before we paint.

(Stripper for electric drill and bottle of Acetone. Both available at local automotive store)

A stripped exhaust will look like

Once the exhaust is ready to be painted make sure you have the proper paint. It's important you don't use regular paint. The exhaust reaches extremely high temperatures and special paint is required to resist this heat. Most people use PJ1 (pictured below), but others have had success with Gas Grill paint.

Begin painting in even coats. Don't rush this. Paint a thin coat, let it dry, then apply another. Many thin coats are better than a few globby coats. Once you are satisfied attach the exhaust to your GS500 and turn the engine on. The paint must "cure" to the metal, meaning it has to bake on. You may see smoke coming from your exhaust. This is normal. It should cure in a few minutes. Once the paint has cured it is weather proof and resistant to damage.