View Full Version : anyone have a Budget way to restore rusty headers?

08-08-2010, 02:29 PM
I was wondering if anyone had a budget way to restore a set of headers I would like to reuse? I thought about blasting but then what? I would like to clean them up some how and paint them or maybe something like por high temp or manifold paint. So anyone got tips for me? Thanks Brandon

08-08-2010, 02:58 PM

But you'll need a big tub.

08-08-2010, 03:05 PM
Over on nastyz28, I read a recent post about folks sandblasting headers and coating them with antisieze. Then letting the exhaust heat bake them on in a few cycles.

Found link:


No first hand experience. Report back if you give it a try.

08-08-2010, 03:06 PM
yeah I know haha thanks man

08-08-2010, 03:11 PM
Slow awesome article I might actually try it! Wondering how long it last and bake cycle. Thanks for info guys you rock!

08-08-2010, 03:31 PM
I just cleaned up a set of rusty old headers for my Malibu project. I'm copying and pasting the post about it from the build thread below.

Since I'm on a "no budget" sort of build up here, I made a deal to clean up a set of BBC headers for someone in exchange for a set of SBC headers that should fit the malibu. Both sets of headers were rusty from neglect but with some elbow grease I think they look pretty good and will work out fine for my application.

Here's "my" headers with one wire wheeled to get the major stuff off. After this pic I took them to the shop and sand blasted them to clean them up some more and get into the nooks and crannies the wire wheel couldn't get. I did one at a time so I could get pics of the full effect some cleaning and paint can have with a before and after pic at the end.


Next up was some Eastwood stainless steel high heat paint. Choice of paint was due to it being the only high heat paint I had hanging around and the lack of a budget. Oh ya, I cleaned the insides as well with wire brushes.




08-08-2010, 05:12 PM
x2 on the eastwood stuff it works very well and holds up. i used it on a set of headers and came out very nice.