Plasti dip has grown to become a popular coating option amongst car owners, with some even using plasti dip on the entire car. However, can you plasti dip exhaust tips?
The biggest worry when it comes to applying plasti dip on the exhaust tip is whether this coating can withstand the heat that comes from the exhaust.
Ceramic coating has always been the most common option followed by high heat paint because these can withstand extreme temperatures. But can plasti dip do the same?
Table of Contents
- How Hot Can Car Exhaust Get?
- How Much Heat Can Plasti Dip Withstand?
- Does Plasti Dip Hold Up on Exhaust Tips?
- How Long Will Plasti Dip Last on Exhaust Tips?
- What is Likely to Happen When I Plasti Dip My Exhaust Tips?
- Do The Exhaust Tips Get as Hot as the Rest of the Exhaust?
- Can Plasti Dip Damage Exhaust Tips?
- How Does Plasti Dip Compare to Heat Resistant Paint When Used on Exhaust Tips?
How Hot Can Car Exhaust Get?
The engine gets quite hot when a car is running and its main outlet of heat and the gasses produced there is the exhaust.
What happens is that as the hot gasses pass through the exhaust manifold, they heat it as well. And that’s why when you touch the exhaust of a car that has just been running, there is a huge chance that you are going to burn your fingers.
An exhaust can get as hot as 500 degrees. And the faster a car is, the hotter its exhaust becomes. In an ordinary car, the temperature of the exhaust can range between 200 and 600 Fahrenheit.
This translates to 100 and 300 degrees Celsius. As you drive, the exhaust is usually exposed to strong winds that help cool it down.
How Much Heat Can Plasti Dip Withstand?
Knowing how hot a car exhaust can get, it’s time that we compare it against the temperature plasti dip can withstand. This will help us determine whether it’s the perfect coating solution for the exhaust tip.
Plasti dip can withstand temperatures of up to 200 degrees F. This is quite high and that makes it perfect when used on racing wheels that experience a lot of heat and abuse.
However, when you compare that temperature range, it’s half the temperature most car exhausts have. Therefore, it’s safe to say that plasti dip can slightly withstand the temperatures of a car exhaust that doesn’t get very hot.
If you drive a fast car that produces more heat, plasti dip isn’t ideal for your exhaust tips. And when we compare plasti dip to other coating options such as ceramic heat and high heat paint, it is the least durable.
Even though plasti dip is a more affordable and easier solution, it’s not the best. Let’s see look at the different experiences of people who have applied plasti dip on their exhaust tips.
Does Plasti Dip Hold Up on Exhaust Tips?
Plasti dip will hold up pretty well on some car exhaust tips, but it won’t last long. Even though exhaust tips don’t get as hot as the mid-pipes, the temperature there are fairly high.
And if you drive a fast car, there is a huge chance that plasti dip won’t hold up and will either burn or melt off. Your biggest concern should be the plasti dip melting and flying off when you are driving.
What you need to know about applying plasti dip on the exhaust tips is that it’s not something we as professionals would recommend.
Indeed it is a quick, easy and fast method of coating the exhaust tips but that’s all there is to it. It can’t withstand high temperatures and neither can it last as long as other types of coating.
The other advantage that plasti dip offers when using it on exhaust tips is that they have many color options. And this can benefit car owners by improving aesthetics.
Another benefit is that plasti dip allows you to experiment with colors. Because if you don’t like it, you can just remove it easily.
How Long Will Plasti Dip Last on Exhaust Tips?
On other car parts such as paint, plasti dip can last up to three years. On wheels, plasti dip can last for either a year or two. On exhaust tips, you will be lucky if Plasti Dip lasts for a year.
Quite often, it melts off in a couple of months. And when it starts to melt, some areas begin to peel therefore forcing you to either remove it altogether or re-apply the plasti dip.
Because it isn’t as durable, plasti dip is a great choice if you only want to improve the look of your exhaust tips for a car show or just for a short while. But if you are looking at long-term results, opt for other types of coatings.
What is Likely to Happen When I Plasti Dip My Exhaust Tips?
If you look through several car forums, you will realize that a lot of people have had great experiences with plasti dip. But one of the things they all share is that their joy was short-lived.
We tend to gravitate towards the most affordable things. And who can blame us, the economy is terrible and the cost of living is way too high. So, we can’t overlook any opportunity to save on money.
But, in most cases, you always get what you pay for. If you use plasti dip, here is what’s going to happen. It may serve you for a few months before it starts melting off.
Or, after making a trip one day, you may be shocked when you find white ashy-looking dust on your exhaust tips.
You will then have to take some time and scrub the substance that has been left behind. It will be easier for you to get the residue off it all melts away. That is going to be difficult if the plasti dip gets baked onto your exhaust tips.
There have been reports of people throwing away their exhaust tips just because they have been heavily stained by plasti dip.
Keep plasti dip off your car, especially if you are a racer. The amount of heat generated by engines on the track is too high and will melt any form of rubber coating that is on the exhaust.
Also, for the daily drivers, this may not happen right away. But it will in due time.
Do The Exhaust Tips Get as Hot as the Rest of the Exhaust?
As the gasses move from the engine manifold to the exhaust and exit through the tip, they are exposed to strong winds especially when you are driving.
And that’s why they do cool down to some extent by the time they reach the tip. However, the tip also experiences its fair share of heat.
And even though the tips aren’t as hot as other parts of the exhaust, that doesn’t give you a go-ahead to use plasti dip on them.
Can Plasti Dip Damage Exhaust Tips?
When you read the description of this product, it is referred to as rubberized coating. And even if it melts on exhaust tips, it won’t damage the metal.
With some strong cleaning agents, you can remove plasti dip that has melted on the exhaust tips. Plus, plasti dip itself peels off very easily when you want to remove it.
Therefore, it shouldn’t be a problem if you plan to remove it before it gets baked by the heat of the exhaust.
For those who have had plasti dip for years and can’t seem to stop praising this product for how great it works on exhaust tips. We have got news for you.
Should you have a car whose exhaust doesn’t get very hot, plasti dip is going to last for even more than a year, especially if you applied several coats.
Remember that being used to coat exhaust tips isn’t one of the uses of plasti dip. And therefore with time, the heat from the exhaust will bake the inner layer of plasti dip to the tips.
Prolonged heat will even glue it further into the metal. And when you decide to remove it, the plasti dip won’t peel off as easily. You must evaluate the good and bad of using plasti dip on your exhaust tips first.
How Does Plasti Dip Compare to Heat Resistant Paint When Used on Exhaust Tips?
Nothing can beat plasti dip when it comes to ease of application. Unlike heat-resistant paint that involves prep work, sanding, priming, and then application of the paint.
With plasti dip, you don’t have to do any of those things. Grab a piece of cloth with some Windex on it and wipe the exhaust tip and spray the plasti dip.
Moving on to the durability factor, heat-resistant paint will look as good as plasti dip and will last longer.
Unlike plasti dip that melts easily, heat-resistant paint bonds to the exhaust tips. And because of its rich formula, it is capable of withstanding high heat.
The other option which is popular amongst detailers is the use of ceramic coatings. The ceramic coat is perfect not just for tips but for the entire exhaust.
It creates a 2 mm thick layer of insulation over the exhaust. This layer is strong enough to withstand heat and provide insulation, thus preventing heat from spreading to the other parts of the car.
Ceramic coats other than being heat resistant, have an impressive glossy finish and you can choose from various color options. If you prefer to get long-term results, you should ceramic coat your exhaust tips, instead of applying plasti dip.