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View Poll Results: What color should my charge piping be powder coated?
Natural clearcoat 0 0%
Silver metalic 2 28.57%
Bronze 1 14.29%
Black "mica" 0 0%
Black semi-gloss 1 14.29%
Flat Black (wrinkle?) 4 57.14%
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Old 09-25-2014, 01:07 PM   #1
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Default Charge piping finish/powder coating colors?

I am getting some fabrication work done on my turbo set-up and I am looking for opinions on how to finish my intercooler piping.

The END goal will be an EFR on a Absurdflow or similar manifold in some sort of high temp finish. What finish that is I am up to debate. For the moment let's consider white...

Anyhow here is the colors of what everything is/will be and then my philosophy.
Car: Midnight Blue Mica, stock wheels, will be bronze 6UL
Valve cover: Natural/will be dark bronze like wheels
Turbo manifold: rust/will be white coated
turbo: natural/natural
Intercooler: black fab9, will be same.

From the outside of the car I want it to appear as stock as possible. Under the hood I want it to be tasteful modified. No crazy colors like bright orange/green etc. Charge piping is going to be fabricated in aluminum, but to protect the metal and make it easier to clean i'm consider having it powdercoated.

Let me know which of the colors you think would look the best or suggest your own...

While you are here, what size whould my turbo to intercooler piping be if I will be switching to EFR later? What about with my Precision 4828 (think disco potato)?

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I painted mine Rustoleum gloss black. Has proven to be serviceable and easy to maintain. Looks really OEM. I don't know whether powder coating is worth it for the IC piping. Definitely ceramic coat the manifold/turbine housing/downpipe though.
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The more I look at how my engine bay looks so damn dirty I am thinking anything other than silver or black would look like crap... LOL.

I am mainly thinking powder coating just for the durability in the face of engine degreasers, solvents, brake clean stuff like that.
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Also, using all-black couplers gives an OEM/non-ricer look.
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Yeah, when I bought the universal charge piping kit all they had was blue. I am going black with the next build.
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i am actually going to be wrinkle painting mine. i did a test and wrinkle comes out **** if cured in an oven. it doens't hold to abuse, but as long as you are careful..any sign of rubbing should be addressed as it could eat the pipe anyways
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Also, using all-black couplers gives an OEM/non-ricer look.
100% Agree.

Not a great picture I know, but I went for matt black high temp paint on the intake pipe up to the T/B. Not on the lower pipes as you can't see them, plus on the pipes exposed in the arches it'll likely just chip and look rubbish.

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