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    I have a set of chrome Bassett headers I am going to modify to fit my Pontiac. They are used and will need to be re-coated after they are modified. Has anyone ever had a set of used chrome headers re-coated with either chrome or ceramic and how did it hold up?
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    i had my old bassetts re-chromed and they held fine. the price tag of 450 to re-chrome hurt my wallet alitte. i have a set of headers that were re-coated and they look good.
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    I imagine you can find a ceramic coater around Dallas. We have ceramic silver coated a number of sets of headers. They were also media polished and hold up very well. I have one set of Rewarders that had rust and had them coated four or five years ago. After the refinish they look great even with running them dry about half the time. Less than $200 for the ceramic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearhead View Post
    I imagine you can find a ceramic coater around Dallas. We have ceramic silver coated a number of sets of headers. They were also media polished and hold up very well. I have one set of Rewarders that had rust and had them coated four or five years ago. After the refinish they look great even with running them dry about half the time. Less than $200 for the ceramic.
    $200 dollars? Man that is cheap! I havent found anything cheaper than $450 around middle tennessee and that was for brand new ls1 truck headers! Im taking about ceramic coating of corse.

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    Yes, DK Coatings in Marshall, TX. They primarily do industrial powder coating but also do some ceramic work. Mostly an external coat.

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    There are several companies that do coatings in the Dallas area. I called three of them about ceramic. Two said they could do it for $300 one said they will not do it over chrome. I can get them re chromed for about 1/2 what the ceramic is going to cost. I have been hearing from several sources that re-chroming old headers does not hold up and that you can not ceramic coat over chrome. I was hoping to hear from some that had done it successfully. Sounds like it is possible to do either I just have to find the right shop. Anyone else???

    Gearhead, Were the Rewarders you had coated chrome to begin with?

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    before chroming the headers..


    after, and held up for the 2 years i owned them. they turned alittle blue by the flange but everything else was great.


    re the process for coating, the chrome headers will be striped down to metal, then ceramic coated.
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    Yuma, Thanks for the pics. Those look great. If mine come out that good and hold up for a a couple years I'll be happy. I'm not as worried about he bluing as I am the chrome flaking off.

    It helps a lot to hear from people who has actually done it rather than the "I had a buddy" stories. I am confident I can find a solution now.

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    I'm getting ready to have mine done this winter as well. I have access to chemically strip the chrome off mine. Would that be better than trying to ceramic over the chrome?

    Is it common practice to them to coat the inside too? I do run a little water so rust from the inside out would be a concern for me too.
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    i had a few knicks, and i mean small knicks where the chrome chipped off. as far as the tubes go, there were just like new after a quick polish. ill find a pick of them after two years of use and post it up later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bodean's Hammer View Post
    I'm getting ready to have mine done this winter as well. I have access to chemically strip the chrome off mine. Would that be better than trying to ceramic over the chrome?

    Is it common practice to them to coat the inside too? I do run a little water so rust from the inside out would be a concern for me too.

    if you can strip it all the way done, then thats best for the ceramic coating to stick. no need to coat the inside because the coating somewhat keeps the heat off. i havent seen headers coated on the inside and you shouldnt have to worry about rusting the inside of the tubes. most of the rust is on the outside tubes.
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    heres a pic.

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    those still look great to me. Thanks again for the pics and info.

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