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Old 01-04-2005, 10:03 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Going FLAT Black on Greddy EVO

Well today I decided that while my exhaust is off the car im going to paint my greddy evo muffler black. The polished aluminum looks nice and all but I dont like the attention or perhaps the stereotype it implies. I am going to go stealth back there, hopefully i will like it when im done because once i go flat i'll never be able to go back, i have to sand the aluminum, thus ruining the polished surface.

Has anybody else done this? I can post pics when im done if anybody wants me to. Ok well wish me luck!

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Old 01-04-2005, 10:18 AM   #2
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Please do post pics!
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Old 01-04-2005, 10:41 AM   #3
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thats a good idea man, ive got the old school txs and cant bring myself to pay hundreds for a new one. i might sand that sob and paint it too.
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Old 01-04-2005, 11:17 AM   #4
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I painted my exhaust tip black. Although mine was an ugly steel piece that was welded onto the axle back. It was starting to show a little rust, so I sanded & painted flat black. I do like it a lot though.

You can see it peaking out a little in this picture:
http://www.we-todd-did-racing.com/we...MXk1NDE%3D.jpg
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Old 01-04-2005, 12:29 PM   #5
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I remember that somebody did this in interior/exterior modification a while back... looked pretty cool if memory serves.
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Old 01-04-2005, 12:42 PM   #6
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dude it ain't aluminum it's stainless steel, and should you ever want to remove the paint use aircraft aluminum paint remover.
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Old 01-04-2005, 01:10 PM   #7
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dude it ain't aluminum it's stainless steel, and should you ever want to remove the paint use aircraft aluminum paint remover.
What he said, and as far as if you ever wanted to get the luster and shine back, a buffing wheel will take care of that in short order ...
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Old 01-04-2005, 01:24 PM   #8
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What kind of paint are you going to use? Are you just painting the can?
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Old 01-04-2005, 01:37 PM   #9
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yeah i did this to my B&B...the muffler section was blindingly, shiny. I left the tip alone b/c it wasn't shiny.
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Old 01-04-2005, 02:04 PM   #10
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I hate shiny crap. Thus I have painted my stock wheels flat black (on PSM car). It looks pretty good. I want to paint the "WRX" emblem flat black also...

The exhaust though? That's hardcore.
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Old 01-04-2005, 03:23 PM   #11
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I used the 1200 degree spray paint from discount auto. They claim that it has ceramic in it. Anyways I got the flat black and it looks just like the "flat black terror" STi in the car magazine from a month or two ago. I'll post pics in just a little bit. BTW, it turned out great, its a very "hard to see black", almost dissapears.

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Old 01-04-2005, 04:04 PM   #12
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I hate shiny crap. Thus I have painted my stock wheels flat black (on PSM car). It looks pretty good. I want to paint the "WRX" emblem flat black also...

The exhaust though? That's hardcore.
You hate shiny stuff. WTH??? Oooo, shiny.
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Old 01-04-2005, 07:56 PM   #13
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Ok here it is done. The "gloss" is obviously from the flash. The entire thing is flat and gives virtually no reflection at all, you almost cant even see it, very neat effect i say!



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Old 01-04-2005, 08:11 PM   #14
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interesting, but looks good. did you paint the entire piping as well?
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Old 01-04-2005, 08:18 PM   #15
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Always looks good right after painting.. the true test is how it will hold up.
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Old 01-04-2005, 09:49 PM   #16
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that is good painting job...
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interesting, but looks good. did you paint the entire piping as well?
Ditto that question.

And I wanna see it on the car!!!
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Old 01-05-2005, 01:44 AM   #18
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what did you use to paint it? and did you clean or sand the unit before hand?
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Old 01-05-2005, 07:11 AM   #19
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First i sanded it and then i washed it off then dried it. Then I painted it with several coats, waiting a few minutes between each one. I only painted the muffler and not the piping. The paint is from discount auto, its 1200 degree engine paint with ceramic in it. Its $5 a can, and i still have some left in the can.

I wont have pics of it on the car until i get my headers put back in. Im waiting so that i have more room to put in the O2 sensor so i want the downpipe completely out of the way.

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Old 01-05-2005, 09:06 AM   #20
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Looks good ... That paint should hold up just fine ... Nice job ...
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Old 01-05-2005, 09:19 AM   #21
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if you have any exhaust wrap on the car, you can use that leftover paint to seal it/touch it up too.

the muff looks good though. hope it holds up under stress.

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Old 01-05-2005, 10:29 AM   #22
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This is very interesting. It's like painting car parts with Rice-Off.
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Old 01-05-2005, 10:47 AM   #23
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Yeah, please post a pic of it on the car when you can. I might try this to my greddy.
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Old 01-05-2005, 11:35 AM   #24
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I will be sure to post pics in a week or so when i get everything put back together. It is like anti-rice, which i am a believer in. I do not like rice at all and I always make it a point to laugh whenever i see something ricy, it always cracks me up.

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Old 01-05-2005, 04:30 PM   #25
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Just go hang the muffler real quick and snap some pics for us.
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