The Borla exhaust for my car is only available in chrome. Thought about ceramic or powder coating, but the Borla sales representative said not only would this void my warranty, but possibly ruin exhaust, as the muffler itself, which is built into the piping, would get damaged by the heating of either product. Borla rep. informed me the only way to make it black is painting it with VHT header paint.
Looked into how hard it would be to paint chrome, and no clear consensus. Some people strip the chrome first with steel wool or sandpaper. Other people apply a primer before the actual header paint. Then others simply spray the header paint directly on the chrome.
Anybody have experience in painting chrome? Does it really need to be scuffed up to have paint adhere? Should I use a high-temp. primer before applying the paint? The only way to actually remove the chrome is chemically stripping it. Would it be beneficial to have it sandblasted, which will scuff it up enough, and then apply primer/paint?
Any ideas or advise is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
BTW: Exhaust is an axle-back set-up (below)